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Greicar named new DWU head baseball coach

John Greicar has climbed the ladder to the top of Dakota Wesleyan University's baseball program.

Greicar finished his college playing career with the Tigers, moved to a graduate assistant position with the team and was an assistant coach under former coach Steve Gust. Then Thursday, Greicar was announced as DWU's new head baseball coach by DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart.

"I've learned a lot being involved in the program so far," Greicar said Thursday. "It was a thorough search to get someone in and I feel fortunate and honored to be named the next head coach. It's an exciting time for me and I'm thankful for this opportunity."

Greicar, a native of Grand Forks, N.D., is the 12th head coach in DWU baseball history and takes over for Gust, who resigned in June to take a head coaching position at the University of Minnesota Crookston after six seasons with the Tigers.

"John has good relationships with the athletes, and helped coach Gust with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, so I have no doubt that his transition from an assistant coach to head coach will be a seamless one," Hart said in a press release.

Jon Hart, DWU's assistant athletic director, said there were more than 95 applicants for the position.

Greicar earned a sports management degree in May 2011 from DWU and graduated with his master's degree in educational policy and administration from the school in 2012.

He has been part of three 20-win teams during his tenure as an assistant coach and helped coach 27 all-Great Plains Athletic Conference players, including five first-team selections and one conference player of the year.

Greicar said he is excited to continue to build the program.

"Gust has been a great mentor and I've been privileged to play under great coaches," he said. "It's been a great ride for me here and my experiences have been nothing but the best so far. I'm ready to keep building an already strong program forward."

As a player for the Tigers, Greicar led the team his senior year in batting average (.351), hits (52), doubles (13), RBIs (26), putouts (348) and fielding percentage (.974).

The first baseman earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors in his senior year.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.