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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.
- 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
- 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.