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.
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.
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.
Director of Baseball Operations
Greg Bordes comes to Grand Canyon for the 2017 season as the program’s volunteer assistant coach. Bordes has previous coaching experience at Saint Mary’s, Central Arizona Community College and Arizona State. His playing career included time with the Sun Devils as well as a professional baseball stint in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Bordes’ most recent stop was at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. He was a member of a staff that won the West Coast Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels participated in the Raleigh regional hosted by NC State. Saint Mary’s had a run-in with eventual national champion, Coastal Carolina, and lost to the Chanticleers 5-2. In 2016, the Gaels went 5-2 against current WAC schools, including a loss to Grand Canyon.
Bordes is no stranger to coaching collegiate baseball in Arizona, as, prior to his season at Saint Mary’s, he was at Central Arizona Community College in Coolidge, Ariz. Under his guidance, the Vaqueros posted a 37-19 overall record.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Kasey Coffman enters his first season with the Grand Canyon baseball program in 2017, serving as the team’s graduate assistant.
Coffman spent three seasons as an outfielder at Arizona State from 2011-2013. During his three-year career, he was a part of Sun Devil teams that advanced to two regionals and one super regional.
During his time in Tempe, Coffman played in 105 games including 59 in his junior season in 2013. That year, he started 59 of the team’s 60 games and batted .332 with eight home runs, nine stolen bases and 44 RBIs while achieving an OPS of .964 en route to being named All-Pac 12 and third team All-American. He was named to the Fullerton Regional team and awarded the Phil Lowery Comeback Player of the Year as a junior.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Justin Gemoll enters his first season as a member of the GCU Baseball coaching staff in 2018, serving as the Lopes’ volunteer assistant coach.
Gemoll spent the last three seasons as the manager of the Idaho Falls Chukars, a Pioneer League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. In his first season at the helm, Gemoll led the Chukars to an appearance in the Pioneer League Championship. The following year, the Chukars posted the best record in the league’s southern division.
In 2017, Gemoll was selected by the Pioneer League to manage the league’s All-Stars in its annual bout against the Northwest League All-Stars in Hillsboro, Oregon.