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Baseball Announces 2016 Schedule

The Grand Canyon baseball team began practice this past week and it is all geared towards Feb. 19, 2016, the start of the 2016 season. Head coach Andy Stankiewicz and the Antelopes have released their 2016 schedule that features 30 home games and 24 games on the road as GCU looks to defend its first ever Western Athletic Conference title. read more

Andy Stankiewicz

 

Head Coach: Grand Canyon University

Andy Stankiewicz begins his sixth season at the helm of Grand Canyon's baseball program for the 2017 season after becoming the fourth head coach in the history of the program prior to the 2012 campaign.

After a pair of successful seasons at the Division II level in 2012 and 2013, Stankiewicz has guided the GCU baseball program amid a transition to the Division I level. The transition has brought with it unprecedented success, as the Lopes claimed the Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship in the 2015 season - just the second year of transition. In that championship season, Grand Canyon posted a .308 team batting average, a mark that ranked seventh in the country. Since Grand Canyon began the reclassification process in 2013, Stankiewicz's teams rank 28th in Division I in batting average (.294).

In his time as GCU's head coach, seven Lopes have been selected in the MLB First Year Player's Draft with a pair of selections coming in the first 10 rounds. Twenty-four Lopes have been named All-Conference in Stankiewicz's tenure including 15 first team selections.

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Gregg Wallis

 

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Gregg Wallis enters his fourth season with the Grand Canyon baseball program in 2017, serving as an assistant coach for four seasons and taking over the duties of recruiting coordinator following the 2016 season. Wallis joined the Lopes in their first season of transition back to the NCAA Division I level in 2014.

In his three years with Grand Canyon, the Lopes have seen unprecedented success for a team transitioning to the Division I level. In 2015 - just the second season of transition - the Lopes claimed a WAC Regular Season Championship. Under Wallis' direction, GCU's offense finished with a .308 team batting average, a mark that was seventh in the nation. Grand Canyon had six All-WAC selections including the WAC Freshman of the Year.

While with the Lopes, Wallis has worked closely with a solid corps of outfielders including 2016 All-WAC first team honoree, Garrison Schwartz, and 2015 Chicago White Sox draft pick, David Walker.

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Rich Dorman

 

Pitching Coach

Rich Dorman enters his first season as the Lopes' pitching coach in 2017. He was hired in July of 2016 after spending the last eight seasons coaching in the Seattle Mariners organization.

During his time with the Mariners, Dorman worked with and molded some of the best young arms in the game. Under his tutelage, eight players (to date) have reached the major leagues including Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

Dorman's journey through the Mariners coaching ranks began with two separate two-year stints as the pitching coach of the Everett AquaSox (Single-A Short Season). The AquaSox's pitching staff ranked in the upper-half of the Northwest League in team ERA in three of Dorman's four seasons with the club. Under Dorman's guidance, Everett's pitching staff led the NWL with a 3.22 ERA in the 2010 season en route to claiming a league championship.

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Ryan Cisterna

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Ryan Cisterna enters his sixth season at Grand Canyon in 2017 under head coach Andy Stankiewicz where he works primarily with hitters and catchers.

Cisterna brings a wealth of knowledge to the GCU program where he was drafted by three different Major League Baseball clubs. In 2006, Cisterna was drafted by the Kansas City Royals but Cisterna decided to attend school at the University of Arkansas. Once again in 2007 Cisterna was chosen in the MLB Draft, this time by the Washington Nationals.

Cisterna stayed in school where he became one of the nation's best catchers as he was nominated for the Johnny Bench Award, recognizing the best catcher in the country. Cisterna was a member of the Razorbacks team that made it to the NCAA College World Series in 2009. After an illustrious career at Arkansas, Cisterna was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009. Cisterna spent four years with the Angels as both a pitcher and catcher.

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