Brian Grunzke joined the South Dakota State baseball coaching staff in August 2012, bringing with him nearly 30 years of collegiate coaching experience.
"We are very fortunate
to hire someone as experienced and successful as Brian Grunzke," SDSU head coach Dave Schrage
said. "He has a very extensive background as both a head and assistant
coach. He is one of the finest recruiters in the Midwest and a great teacher of
the game. We are very excited to have him join the Jackrabbit family."
Grunzke most recently served as the first baseball
coach at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He spent the 2009-10 academic
year recruiting and building the foundation for the program's entry into the
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference. With a roster that included 20
freshmen, the Prairie Stars took the field for the first time in 2011 and
posted an 8-35 overall record.
In 1990, Grunzke succeeded
Schrage as head coach at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. Over 16 seasons,
Grunzke compiled a 388-344-1 record in leading the Warriors to eight
appearances in the NJCAA Region 11 finals. His 1994 squad posted 23 consecutive
victories en route to a 40-win season and a berth in the regional championship.
Late in his tenure he guided the program from junior college status to a
Overall, Grunzke has
coached nine All-Americans, 24 all-region selections and seven players who
pursued professional careers.
Following the 2006
campaign, Grunzke moved to the NCAA Division I level for the first time,
serving as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock for two
seasons. He moved on to the University of Northern Iowa as assistant coach for
the 2009 season, after which the Panther program was discontinued.
A native of Minnesota Lake,
Minn., Grunzke earned an associate of arts degree from Waldorf and later
completed his bachelor's degree at UALR.