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Baseball - Wed, Jan. 11, 2017

January 11, 2017

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State University (S.D.) head baseball coach Scott Hortness announced Monday that he resigned his position of instructor and head baseball coach.  Geoff Schaab has been named Interim Baseball Head Coach, effective immediately.

Hortness held the head baseball coach position for six-and-half seasons at Dakota State, where he accumulated 98 overall victories and 37 conference wins.  The Trojans finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 20-27, as well as a 13-10 mark in North Star Athletic Association conference play.  DSU finished third in the North Star last season, recording its most conference victories since joining the NSAA conference.

Hortness also guided the Trojans to runner-up honors in the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament, earning a spot in the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round.  He coached 11 All-Conference athletes during his coaching tenure at Dakota State.

Prior arriving to Dakota State, Coach Schaab served as the Head Coach, Associate Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations with the Northern Virginia (NoVA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes travel baseball team (16-18 years old).

He was also a regular instructor at local and regional baseball camps including the NoVA FCA Baseball Academy and as a hitting coach and infield instructor at the Messiah College camps.

Schaab played collegiate baseball at Edinboro University (Pa.) – formerly NCAA Division II – in what it recognized as one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences – the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.  He graduated from Edinboro in 2003 with a degree in Political Science. 

"I am extremely blessed and thankful to be working for and representing such a quality NAIA Baseball program in Dakota State University," said Schaab.  "I also want to thank DSU Athletic Director Jeff Dittman for the opportunity to lead this baseball club and the entire DSU Athletics Staff and College of Education for their lending hands.  I've had very good mentors and friends in the collegiate game including NCAA Division I Head Coach Bruce Peddie (University of Louisiana-Monroe) and I am very passionate about wanting to coach these young men and further excited about the project ahead of me in building the Dakota State baseball program."

Schaab is a native of Tonawanda, N.Y. and currently resides in Madison, S.D.

Brady Banse – a former Western Technical Community College Assistant Coach – will be the Assistant/Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Dakota State.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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