Friday, August 19, 2011

UIS baseball coach taking job in South Dakota

Brian Grunzke started the University of Illinois Springfield baseball program in 2009 and saw it through the inaugural season in 2011, but he will not have a chance to see it develop.

He resigned Thursday as head coach to become an assistant coach, a newly created position, at South Dakota State under Dave Schrage. Schrage was hired as head coach earlier this month.

By joining the staff at South Dakota State, Grunzke returns to the NCAA Division I ranks.

Grunzke and Schrage have previously coached at a couple of the same schools.
Grunzke succeeded Schrage as head coach at Waldorf College in 1990.

Grunzke’s resignation is effective immediately. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.

The news was featured in an August 19, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online