The Milligan College Baseball team has a new skipper at the helm.
David Grewe III was announced as the new head coach of the Milligan program on Monday.
Grewe is the former head coach at Michigan State and was an assistant at LSU, Notre Dame, Central Michigan and the University in Chicago. Grewe was part of the 2009 LSU National Championship team.
“I am humbled and honored that President Greer would welcome our family to the institution,” Grewe said. “We will take great pride in following his leadership and represent Milligan in a first-class manner. His loyalty to this college is inspiring. We embrace the mission of the college and seek to build a system that in and of itself produces followers of God, great men and great competitors on the baseball field.”
Grewe spent 13 years as a collegiate baseball coach before founding the Potential Meets Legacy Sports Leadership Group – a company he has been with for seven seasons.
“We are delighted that we had so many well-qualified applicants eager to be Milligan’s next baseball coach,” President Dr. Bill Greer said. “We’re even more delighted that someone of David’s caliber rose quickly to the top. His experience at the NCAA Division I level and knowledge of the game, combined with his demonstrated commitment to character building and Christian values, make him perfectly suited to lead our program forward.”
Before forming his company, he served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at LSU from 2008 to 2011 where he was the only recruiter in the nation to have three consecutive recruiting classes receive a top seven ranking. In addition, Grewe served as pitching coach for LSU’s 2009 national championship team that led the nation in strikeouts.
From 2005 to 2008, Grewe served as the head coach at Michigan State and was the youngest head coach in the BCS at the time of his hire. In his three years at the helm, the Spartans went 75-85 and were strong academically with 30 players receiving Academic All-Big Ten honors. Grewe also recruited and coached the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
At Notre Dame, Grewe worked as the hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator from 2002 to 2005. In 2004, the team ranked 21st nationally in offense and had the Triple Crown winner in Big East play.
During Grewe’s time as the assistant coach and hitting instructor at Central Michigan from 2000 to 2002, the team broke three all-time school records.
Grewe got his start at the collegiate level at the University of Chicago from 1998 to 2000. Serving as the assistant coach and hitting instructor, the team broke six all-time school records and were 19th in the nation in team batting average in 2000.
“We were pleased that our head coach search received interest from many experienced, highly-successful coaches at all levels of the game, but it quickly became evident that David and his family are the right fit for the Milligan community and our mission,” said Mark Fox, vice president for athletics and student development. “David’s creativity, entrepreneurship, experience and personal faith will allow him to recruit and develop players that can compete at a national level.”
Grewe, a native of Royal Oak, Michigan, graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in sport management. He is married to the former Annie Brammer of South Bend, Indiana, and the couple has six children, ages 4 months to 10 years.
“We are indebted to Mark Fox for making this a reality,” said Grewe. “Our family is excited to join the Milligan community, be a part of the Johnson City community and get involved in the larger Tri-Cities area.”