Dubanoski named DWU head baseball coach
Former USF assistant becomes 13th coach in program history
Dakota Wesleyan University didn’t have to drive too far down I-90 to find its next head baseball coach.
Former University of Sioux Falls assistant coach Charlie Dubanoski was tabbed as the 13th head baseball coach in program history on Friday. He’s served the last three seasons as USF’s head assistant coach, while being the Sioux Falls Post 15 Legion West manager since 2018, as well.
Now, he’s the head of his own collegiate program.
“The vision here is to bring in quality student-athletes that out-work everybody. That’s what I’d like to see,” Dubanoski said. “We’re playing the game the right way, and we’re going to work hard from first pitch to last pitch.”
Originally from Burnsville, Minnesota, Dubanoski has made a name for himself in the South Dakota baseball ranks over the last decade.
He played for Augustana University from 2008-2011, becoming a two-time all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection. Also, before joining USF’s staff, he was the associate director of player development with the Sioux Empire Baseball Association.
Along the way, he’s become familiarized with the state’s talent, especially as a Legion coach, and built recruiting ties. He will continue to coach Post 15 West this summer.
“It’s been pretty awesome to have guys I can call and go, ‘Hey, do you got a guy for me?’ Or guys I can trust, ‘What do you think of this kid?’ ” he said. “That’s huge to continue being in South Dakota and I was at USF and have made ties there. And hopefully continue to build on that, and now it’s recruiting kids to come play for me.”
Dubanoski takes over a program which went 5-11 in a shortened 2020 season. The Tigers finished 23-23 in 2019, though haven’t had a winning record since 2014. They haven’t released their 2021 schedule, but they typically start play in February.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for the new coach, who credits USF coach Grant Hieb for preparing him for this opportunity. Not only for growing as a baseball coach, but also teaching him how to run a program off the field, such as budgeting, scholarships and managing a roster.
He mentioned multiple times about DWU’s senior leadership and building relationships with his players, fitting in with the culture the Tigers built in recent years.
"His background, baseball philosophy, recruiting connections and familiarity with the region give him the tools to be successful at this level,” DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart said in a press release. “Much like coach (John) Greicar, Charlie is a player's coach and he will be a great fit to lead this program going forward."