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Dan Spain, of Delmar, Iowa, joined the collegiate head coaching ranks in May 2012 when he was named Clarke University's head baseball coach.
Spain, a graduate of Maquoketa High School, began his playing collegiate career at Marshalltown Community College. Spain spent one season at Iowa Wesleyan College before transferring to Clarke for his senior year. As a player, Spain had an immediate impact on the Clarke baseball program. Spain played shortstop for the Crusaders and helped lead the team to 11 more wins than its previous season. Following his senior year, Spain began his coaching career. In his first two years coaching, he was responsible for working with hitters and infielders. In 2010 Clarke baseball experienced its most success up to that point, finishing the year second in the conference and breaking multiple team and individual records.
In 2012 Spain began the season as an assistant coach before finishing the year off as the Interim Head Coach. The interim tag was later removed as he was officially hired to lead the Clarke Baseball program. In his first full season as a head coach, Spain’s 2013 baseball team had the best season in Clarke baseball history by rewriting the record books including surpassing the single season wins mark of 24. Pitching and defense was the key in 2013 with a pitching staff that set eight team records and four different individual records and multiple gold glove winners. They also managed to outscore opponents by 40+ runs, as well as set a school record in stolen bases. The Crusaders racked up the most All-Conference award winners in the Midwest Collegiate Conference with nine All-Conference selections including conference leading four 1st team performers, as well as two Gold Glove award winners. The 2014 season brought some challenges, as the Crusaders struggled down the stretch. The team had major wins over some highly ranked opponents, but were unable to stay healthy long enough to build momentum throughout the season.
2015 Crusader baseball team is ready to go, and has all the pieces to compete for a championship in the MCC. With 12+ seniors, leadership will be key in their success.
“We’ve got a great group of guys this year and the competition level has been very intense from day one. We have prepared ourselves mentally, physically and built trust in each other for the challenges we will face.”
- 12 All Conference Players
- 2 Gold Glove Winners
- 14 Academic All Conference
- 11 NAIA Scholar Athletes
- 3 Academic All District
- 3 Professional Contracts (Dustin Sandberg, Pecos League) (Rolando Sanchez, Pecos League) (Sergio Cruz, Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League)
- 11 Team Records
- 4 Individual Records
Spain resides in Delmar with his wife Jessica and Labrador retriever Url.