2017 Baseball Coaches
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Lou Yacinich
Head Coach - 43rd Season
Grand View University

Lou Yacinich starts his 43rd year as Viking head baseball coach, compiling a 1,115-786 record (1,245-928 overall).  From 1971-76 Grand View competed at the junior college level, and Yacinich guided his teams to a state championship (1974) and two state runner-ups (1975,1976), with many team members going on to compete at major colleges and universities, some playing professionally.  Grand View teams claimed District 15 titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993; Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012; Area Championships in 2001; 1st Round of National Championship in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014; and participated in NAIA World Series in 1984, 1985, 1991.  He received Coach of the Year District 15 in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997; Midwest Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012, 2015; Area 4 in 1984, 1985, 1991; and Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999.  In November 1994, he served as Trial Coach in Homestead, Fla., for selection of the 1996 USA Baseball Team.  He is a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Des Moines East High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame, Grand View Athletic Hall of Fame, ABCA National Hall of Fame, and the NAIA Robert E. Smith Award. 

Speaking of the Grand View baseball players, Yacinich said, “It’s a pleasure to be able to offer top-quality academic and athletic programs to so many high-caliber young men, and to watch them reap the rewards through individual hard work and dedication.”  Yacinich also serves as director of athletic advancement at Grand View University

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Doug Brinker
Assistant Coach - 7th Season
Grand View University

Doug Brinker begins his 7th year as a full-time assistant coach with the Vikings. He is a former Junior College All-American at Iowa Central Comm. College (1996), a Two Time NAIA All-American (1998, 1999), and Player of the Year in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (1998).  Coach Brinker also broke the batting record at that time in 1998 by hitting .460.  From 2000-2006 he was the varsity baseball coach at Des Moines North High School, and from 2005-2010 he was the acting Activities Director at Des Moines North.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for White Bear Lake High School in MN.  Brinker also assists the Athletic Director in Game Management, and is in charge of all outdoor athletic facilities on campus.

Jim Hallman
Assistant Coach - 10th Season
Grand View University

Jim Hallman begins his 19th year of college coaching, and his 10th year as an assistant baseball coach with the Vikings.  He is a 3 time All-District, 2 time All-Area, and a All-American (1985), who was a captain on the 1984 and 1985 World Series teams.  Previously, he has nine years of college coaching experience, with six years at Johnson County Community College in Kansas, and three years at the University of Northern Iowa.  In 2011, he was inducted into the Grand View Athletic Hall of Fame.  Hallman is currently owner and lead instructor of Grand Slam U.S.A, an indoor baseball and softball training facility.

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Evan DeCovich
Grad Assistant - 1st Season
Grand View University

Evan DeCovich begins his 1st year on the coaching staff as the Vikings Graduate Assistant. DeCovich was a 4 year starter at Grand View University playing both first base and as a starting pitcher. In four years, he is a 3-time All-Conference player, and also broke the All-time Fielding % record at Grand View at first base in 2014, fielding .997%. He then broke his own Fielding % by fielding .1000% in 2015. DeCovich is originally from Apple Valley, MN where he won a state championship with Eastview High School in 2012. 

Johnny Herrera
Student Assistant - 1st Season
Grand View University

Johnny Herrera begins his 1st year with the Vikings on the coaching staff as a Student Assistant. Herrera played two years for the Vikings after transferring from Parkland College in Illinois. Herrera is originally from Santiago, Dominican Republic. Majoring in Kinesiology/Health Promotions. 

Overall HAAC Streak
29-23 (.558) 19-13 (.594) Lost 2