Quincy University senior pitcher Graham Spraker (Tucson, Ariz.) was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st Round of the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday (June 14). Read More
Josh Rabe enters his eighth season as head coach of the Quincy University baseball program. Rabe, a two time All-American with the Hawks, guided the Hawks to a 37-23 record last season and guided the Hawks to their first NCAA Division II World Series.
Last season, the Hawks made the deepest post season run in school history under the direction of Rabe. Finishing with a 37-23 record the Hawks went undefeated in the GLVC tournament to claim the program’s second GLVC tournament title since 2011. The Hawks went 5-1 in the NCAA Midwest Regional including two wins over Northwood University on the final day of the tournament to claim QU’s first NCAA Regional Title. Jake Walters was the sixth All-American to play under Rabe. JC Demuri and Troy Wehde were each named All-Region performers and 8 Hawks were named to the all-conference team. Walters 18 home runs last season were second most in school history (Ryan Snyder-23). Graham Spraker was drafted in the 31st round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Spraker was the second player selected in the amateur draft in the past two seasons that have played under Rabe (David Jacob-2016-Toronto Blue Jays). Rabe was named 2017 Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Rabe currently is second all-time in wins with a career record of 236-144, trailing just his former mentor Pat Atwell (288).
Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Josh Keim enters his second season on the QU coaching staff, his first season as the hitting coach and second as the infield coach. Keim spent last season as the graduate assistant coach, working with the infielders and hitters.
Working with both the hitters and infielders, Keim helped coach one the most dynamic offenses in Quincy baseball history. His hitters racked up a .334 team batting average, belting 89 homeruns, 124 doubles and scoring 517 runs over the course of the 57 game season.
Under Keim during the 2016 season, three Hawks experience career seasons. Ryan Snyder enjoyed one of the best seasons in QU history. Snyder batted .444 (3rd best in QU History), with 92 hits (QU record), 23 home runs (QU record), 88 RBIs (QU Record), 19 doubles, and 72 runs. Snyder was named GLVC Player of the Year, Midwest Region Player of the Year, National Player of the Year Finalist, and concensus First Team All American.
Brent McNeil enters his first season running the Hawks pitching staff during the 2017-2018 season. McNeil spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach at Division 1 North Florida University.
Brent McNeil joined the North Florida baseball coaching staff in January of 2016 after a two-year stint at Indiana State University as the school’s Director of Baseball Operations.
Under McNeil’s guidance, North Florida led the ASUN and was ranked 47th in the NCAA with a 3.78 staff ERA in 2016. The Ospreys also owned the league’s lowest WHIP (2.78) and had the league’s best strikeout-to-walk-ratio (2.52). Nationally the Ospreys were ranked 14th overall in WHIP and had the 34th best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the NCAA.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Matt Schissel begins his first season on staff for the QU baseball team. He comes to Quincy after finishing his playing career at Central College in Pella, Iowa. During his time in Pella he was also a member of the football program for 2 years.
Schissel was a team captain for two season with the Dutch. He spent the last two summers working for Perfect Game Baseball. One of the top high school baseball showcase orgainzations. Former participants of the Perfect Game Showcases and All American Games include Kris Bryant, Madison Bumgardner, Buster Posey and many other professional All Stars.
Prior to Perfect Game, he coached the Alleman High School Pioneers summer program.