Veteran baseball coach Dave Schrage (pronounced
Schrag) enters his 25th season as a collegiate head coach during the 2013 season. Schrage was hired to take over the reins of the South Dakota State
University baseball program on Aug. 8, 2011.
"Dave Schrage's familiarity with our recruiting area and his
success in building programs like ours make him a tremendous addition to the
Jackrabbit family," Jackrabbit Athletic Director Justin Sell said in announcing the hire.
Schrage recorded his 600th career victory on March 19, 2012, when the Jackrabbits recorded an 11-8 victory at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. After posting an 18-33-1 record in his first season at South Dakota State, including a 7-14 mark in The Summit League, Schrage enters the 2013 campaign with a 614-695-2 career mark. In 24 seasons as a
collegiate head coach, he has averaged more than 25 victories per season,
including five campaigns with 32 or more wins. He has coached players who have
earned all-conference honors 59 times and 38 of his former student-athletes
have gone on to play professionally.
Most recently, Schrage was head coach at Notre Dame for four
seasons, leading the Fighting Irish to a 119-104-1 record from 2007-10. After
posting a .500 record (28-28) his first season in South Bend, Schrage put Notre
Dame back in contention for postseason play with a 33-21-1 record in 2008 and a
36-23 mark in 2009. The Fighting Irish led the BIG EAST Conference in fielding
in both 2008 and 2009, while consistently ranking at or near the top in
batting, on-base percentage and earned run average.
Schrage has previously found success at the mid-major level,
including a four-year stint at Evansville (Ind.) from 2003-06, during which he
guided the Purple Aces to a 130-108 record. Evansville improved its win total
each of his four seasons, from 24 in 2003 to 43 in 2006. Schrage earned
Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors for the third time in 2006
as Evansville won both the regular season and tournament conference titles,
earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Purple Aces advanced all the way to
the finals of the Charlottesville Regional, knocking off host Virginia before
falling to South Carolina in the championship.
A Chicago native, Schrage directed a dramatic turnaround in
his home state during a three-year run at Northern Illinois from 2000-02. After
inheriting a team that was 4-51 the year before he arrived, Schrage's squad
turned in a 20-game improvement with a 24-33 record in his first season and
then led the Huskies to a winning season in 2001 with a 28-27 overall mark. He
was named runner-up for National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2000.
Schrage began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate
assistant under his predecessor at Notre Dame, Paul Mainieri, at St. Thomas
University (Fla.) in 1984. He later returned to his alma mater, Creighton
University (Neb.), as an assistant coach for two seasons.
From 1986-87, Schrage coached the Queensland Rams club team
in Brisbane, Australia, before returning stateside as he gained his first head
coaching job at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. From 1988-90 he led the
junior college program to a 61-66 mark.
Schrage then spent nine seasons as head coach at the
University of Northern Iowa, where he was named Missouri Valley Conference
Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1997. His teams improved from two league
victories in UNI's first season in the MVC in 1992 to 18 during the 1997
As a collegiate player, Schrage was an all-conference
outfielder at Creighton, batting .400 as a junior and .433 his senior season.
He also was an Academic All-America honoree during his senior campaign in 1983,
and graduated that spring with a bachelor of science degree in finance. Schrage
was honored on the MVC's Centennial Celebration baseball team and is the only
person in league history to earn all-conference honors and be named MVC Coach
of the Year in baseball.
THE SCHRAGE FILE
• at Waldorf College (Iowa): 61-66 record in three seasons
• at Northern Iowa: 211-292 in nine seasons (1991-99)
• at Northern Illinois: 75-92 in three seasons (2000-02)
• at Evansville (Ind.): 130-108 in four seasons (2003-06)
• at Notre Dame (Ind.): 119-104-1 in four seasons (2007-10)
• at South Dakota State: 18-33-1 in one season (2012)
Career Totals: 614-695-2 in 24 seasons