2017 Baseball Coaches
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Dan Spain
Head Coach- 5th Season

Office Phone: 563-588-6396                                                                                                                                                                                  Email: [email protected]

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Dan Spain, of Delmar, Iowa, joined the collegiate head coaching ranks when he was named the Iinterim head baseball coach mid-season in 2012. The interim tag was later removed following that season and he was officially named as the Clarke University Head Baseball Coach.

Spain guided his 2016 squad to a memorable 38 wins, once again breaking the school record for wins for the third time in four seasons. The Crusaders finished 38-17 overall and qualified for the program's first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, following a runner-up finish in the A.I.I. Championships. Led by a pitching staff which ended the season with a 3.21 era, the 2016 squad was able to outscore opponents by 247 runs and broke nearly all standard statistics at Clarke University in a season. The Crusaders were one of the top teams in the nation in earned run average, runs scored, slugging percentage, stolen bases and fielding percentage. They also led the A.I.I. conference in home runs, triples and fielding percentage. Four all-conference performers were selected, two gold glove winners, three A.I.I. all tournament winners and two were named to the Opening Round All-Tournament team. To accompany their success on the field, the 2016 squad was also named as an NAIA National Scholar Team.

2013 set the tone under Spain’s leadership. In his first full season as the head baseball coach, the Crusaders managed to break multiple school records, including wins in a season and had nine players named to the all-conference team.

2014 – Accomplishments: 2 All-Conference players, 7 Academic All-Conference and 4 NAIA Scholar Athlete award winners. Named an NAIA National Scholar Team.

2015 Clarke baseball once again rewrote the record books, breaking the 2013 seasons previous wins record with a 30-win season. Led by All-American Andrew Redman, they put themselves in position for a regular season championship by putting together a 10-game winning streak, but fell short losing a 12-inning battle for the regular season MCC Conference Championship. Redman was named as the MCC Player of the Year, and also became Clarke Baseballs first NAIA All American as well as an NAIA Academic All American. 2015 saw 8 player of the week awards, 6 All Conference performers, 1 Gold Glove, 6 Academic All-Conference award winners and 2 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. They were also named as an NAIA National Scholar Team.

Spain, a graduate of Maquoketa High School, completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Clarke University in 2010.

Athletic Accomplishments

  • 114 wins (4 seasons)
  • School wins record – 24 (2013) - 30 (2015) -  38 (2016)
  • All-American – Andrew Redman (1st ever for Clarke Baseball)
  • Conference Player of the Year – Andrew Redman (1st ever for Clarke Baseball, NAIA)
  • 19 All-Conference players
  • 16 Player of the Week Awards
  • 5 Gold Glove Winners
  • 7 Professional Contracts

Academic Accomplishments

  • 2x NAIA scholar team
  • 3 Capital One Academic All-American
  • 6 Capital One Academic All District
  • 40 Academic All-Conference
  • 16 NAIA Scholar Athletes        

Spain lives in his hometown of Delmar, Iowa, with his wife, Jessica, and son, Grady.

 
Andrew Redman
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season

In his second season as pitching coach for the Crusaders, Andrew Redman brought five years of experience from multiple college programs. As a graduate of Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa, Andrew was an all-conference selection his last three years. He was the Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior, and fashioned the lowest ERA in the state (0.41).

Redman continued his success on the mound in college. At Iowa Central, Andrew compiled a 12-8 record over two years and was an all-conference selection both years. His ERA was 2.05 over those two years. At Clarke, Andrew set multiple records on the mound and was a first-team MCC pitcher his junior year. As a redshirt senior, He went 6-2 with a 1.68 ERA but his batting is what brought him to a national spotlight. In his only collegiate year of hitting, he batted .425 with 62 hits, 9 HR’s and 50 RBI’s. His accolades for this year are as follows:

  • MCC Player of the Year
  • Gold Glove (Pitching)
  • 2nd Team Academic All-American
  • Honorable Mention All-American

Redman hopes to bring valuable experience to a pitching staff that is young but very talented. Aside from pitching, he will help the rest of the coaching staff on the offensive side of the game, as well as assist in recruiting.

Coach Spain on Redman: “Red not only brings in a vast knowledge on the mound, but also has proven himself as someone with an advanced understanding of hitting. As difficult as it is to do much more for this program, I anticipate he will be an even better coach as he has been as a player. He has had a major role in this program as a leader since the day he stepped on campus, which insures that his transition into a coaching role will be very natural for him.”

 
John Knabel
Assistant Coach- 5th Season
 
Anthony Razo
Grad Assistant- 2nd Season
 
Nick Woltkamp
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
 
Mike Zweifel
Pitching Strength Coach- 4th Season
 
Nate Ramler
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
 
Dylan Kester
Student Assistant- 1st Season
 
Zach McCollum
Student Assistant- 1st Season
 
 
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