Dakota Wesleyan University head baseball coach John Greicar has announced his resignation to pursue a different career opportunity.

Greicar has been the head coach for the DWU baseball program for seven seasons. In his first year, Greicar guided the Tigers to the NAIA opening round after winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament.

“I would like to thank Coach Greicar for his tremendous leadership and his commitment to DWU ever since stepping foot on campus in 2009 as a student-athlete,” DWU Director of Athletics Jon Hart said in a release. “Under his leadership, DWU baseball has taken major strides on and off the playing field.”

During his time with Dakota Wesleyan, Greicar coached 40 All-GPAC members and finished with an overall record of 106-146.

“He has been the ultimate players coach and we are going to greatly miss him in this role going forward,” Hart continued. “He has made a lasting impact on this program, department and university and we wish him nothing but the best in his new career path.”

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As a student-athlete, Greicar was named All-GPAC honorable mention in 2011 after recording 52 hits, 26 RBIs, 26 runs and a home run. Greicar graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in sports management and received his master’s degree in educational policy and administration in 2012.

“I want to thank the staff and faculty of Dakota Wesleyan, and the people of Mitchell and the surrounding community for supporting and welcoming me since stepping foot on campus,” Greicar stated. “I want to thank the Harts for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love for so long. Lastly, I want to thank all of my players and coaches for giving their best for each other and creating the culture that is DWU baseball.”

A search for a new head coach is currently underway.