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Dan Spain
Head Coach - 1st Season

Phone: 563.588.6396
Email: dan.spain@clarke.edu

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, who has been at Clarke for four years, has rapidly progressed each year from beginning as a student-assistant, then as a part-time assistant and this past year serving as the full-time assistant coach. Spain began the 2012 season as an assistant before finishing the year off as the interim head coach. He took over a team that was 6-22 with only a couple weeks of baseball left to play and finished the year with 11 wins. Although a positive way to finish the year, Spain was anything but satisfied.

"We finished the year out better than we started, but our goals still were not met. We have gained a much clearer perspective of what it takes to succeed in this conference and I am confident we will never be satisfied until we win the last game of the season."

Spain began his playing career at Marshalltown Community College, and after completing his degree, transferred to Iowa Wesleyan College. Following one year of playing with a team that went on to super regionals, Spain continued his career closer to home at Clarke. Going to Clarke allowed him to help on his family farm in Delmar, while continuing to get his degree and play baseball.

"I am blessed to have grown up on a farm, that lifestyle made me who I am today. The farm taught me how hard work pays off and how nothing is impossible to fix!"

As a player, Spain had a major impact of the Crusader program. Although he only played here his senior year, he was considered a leader and brought an expectation to this University to be great. Spain started every game at shortstop, hit .331 with 22 RBI and led a team to 11 more wins than its previous year. Spain had many options following his collegiate career as he was invited to multiple professional tryouts. Although his playing days would be greatly missed, he chose to begin his coaching career. In his first two years coaching, his duties consisted of being the hitting and position player coach. He was also responsible for recruiting freshman in the Midwest. His first recruiting class consisted of some of the most talented recruits in the Midwest and locally. Spain brought in freshman who immediately competed for playing time at the varsity level. That year Clarke baseball experienced its highest success yet, after finishing the year second in the conference and breaking multiple team and individual records.

In 2011 when Spain was named as the full-time assistant coach, he took on many duties including being named the recruiting coordinator and head junior varsity coach. From the beginning, one of Spain's greatest impacts he has had on Clarke has been his ability to recruit and bring in individuals who are not only very talented, but also understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. With the recruits who have already committed and the ones who are near commitment, this year's 2012-2013 recruiting class is expected to be one of the best in Clarke baseball history.

Although the 2012 season did not go as expected, Spain learned a lot from his experiences.

"This has been one of the toughest, but best coaching experiences I have had. Because of this season and its experiences it has brought me, I now feel ready to build this program and develop student-athletes capable of meeting my expectations and representing Clarke University in the right way. I'm a firm believer that until you've done something, you've done nothing, so I look forward to proving myself, the community and my players that Clarke baseball will hold itself to the highest standard of collegiate baseball."

 
 
 
 
2013 Baseball Roster
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Ethan Jelinek*JROFL/R5-9177Mead, Colo.Skyline HS
Cody Leach*SO1B/DHR/R6-4195Dubuque, IowaHempstead HS
Anthony Razo*JROFL/R5-10170Long Beach, Calif.Lindsey Wilson College
Brian Schleier*FRRHPR/R6-3175Carolina, Puerto RicoCarvin HS
Ryan Siems*FROF/1BL/R6-2215Iowa City, IowaIowa City West HS
Kaleb Strothman*SORHPR/R6-2185Sandwich, Ill.Sandwich HS
1Jayson HinrichsenSOINFS/R5-8160Sioux City, IowaSt. Cloud Tech CC
3Matt BedellSOINFR/R5-10151Keller, TexasFossil Ridge HS
4Sergio CruzSROFR/R5-10185Bronx, N.Y.Clackamas CC
5Roman LorentzJRRHPR/R6-1180Aloha, Ore.Clackamas CC
6Arsenio WatlingtonSOINFS/R5-8160St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsSoutheastern Illinois CC
7Nico PiscopoJRINF/RHR/R5-11186Elk Grove, Ill.Elk Grove HS
8Jose StellutiSRCR/R5-9205Puerto La Cruz, VenezuelaIowa Lakes CC
9Andrew RedmanJRRHP/INFR/R6-3195Dubuque, IowaIowa Central CC
10Chris BrewerSRRHPR/R6-0178West Sacramento, Calif.River City HS
11Josh CooperSOCR/R5-10190Loves Park, Ill.Harlem HS
12Chris HefnerJRINFS/R5-10160Placentia, Calif.Cerritos CC
13Luis ReyesSRINFS/R5-8155Puerto La Cruz, VenezuelaIowa Lake CC
14Tony EbelSOINFR/R5-11180Omaha, Neb.Millard South HS
15Johnny KruickSROFL/R6-0175Lake Stevens, Wash.Edmonds CC
17Brian McCabeSRLHPL/L6-3215Lena, Ill.Lena-Winslow HS
19Marty DwarJRINFR/R6-4205Lombard, Ill.Loras College
20Zane RidingsJRRHPR/R6-3180Columbia Falls, Mont.Everett CC
21Rolando SanchezSRCR/R5-9200Chula Vista, Calif.Dakota Wesleyan University
22Jordan CameronJRLHPL/L6-0175Oregon City, Ore.Clackamas CC
23Eddie LyonFRC/UTLR/R6-0175Phoenix, Ariz.Arcadia HS
24Jordan HohenseeJRRHPL/R6-5200Brooklyn, IowaIowa Central CC
25Dustin SandbergSR1B/DHL/R6-0200Victoria, BC, CanadaTompkins Cortland CC
26Keithroy CharlesJRINFR/R6-0180St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsSoutheastern Illinois CC
28Nick WoltkampSOOF/RHPL/R6-0165Plainfield, Ill.College of Dupage
29Matthew GriffithFRC/RHPR/R5-11175Chicago, Ill.Taft HS
30Bryan ByerlyFRINFR/R6-0160Maynard, IowaOelwein HS
31Seth WiemanSRLHPL/L6-0210Las Vegas, Nev.College of Siskyous
32Tanner DenlingerSOOFL/L5-10180Dubuque, IowaWahlert Catholic HS
33Jake SchaeferJRRHPR/R6-3200Waukesha, Wis.Waukesha West HS
34Tyler HedtkeFRLHPR/R6-3182Marion, IowaMarion HS
37Bryan HarrisFROFR/R5-9150El Paso, TexasSanta Teresa HS
39Christian BrambleSORHPR/R6-3187St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsDaytona State College
40Drew FurlanoJRRHPR/R6-0159Woodstock, Ill.Woodstock HS
42Caleb JohnsonJROFR/R6-0200Natchez, Miss.Cathedral HS
43Matt LozanoSRLHPL/L5-11175Salinas, Calif.Cabrillo College
* Redshirt
Dan Spain - Head Coach - 1st season
Cooper Stewart - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Sean O'Connor - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Ryan Kelly - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Cori Davidson - Assistant Coach - 1st season
John Knabel - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Brian Cross - Student Assistant - 1st season
Jeremy Goodall - Student Assistant - 1st season
Adam Szurkowski - Student Assistant - 1st season
Andrew Coleman - Manager - 1st season
 
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