Ryan Dupic Athletics
Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach on July 1, 2014. He completed his fourth season as head coach in 2018.
Dupic has made an immediate positive impact, leading the program to its winningest four-year stretch in program history (113-89). The 2017 team rose to greater heights than any Bulldog baseball team yet, winning the GPAC regular-season title, advancing to the national tournament and claiming victory in a national tournament game. None of those feats had ever before been attained in school history.
Prior to Dupic's arrival in Seward, the program had not produced a winning season since 1979. Concordia's most recent conference baseball title had come in 1986. Under Dupic, the Bulldogs reset the school single-season wins standard three years in a row (2015 through 2017). The 34-win 2017 squad not only broke the program wins record, it set a new standard for pitcher strikeouts (broken again in 2018 with 382). The 2016 Bulldogs still own records for runs scored (395), home runs (38) and hits (505).
The 2017 GPAC Coach of the Year, Dupic has built one of the top pitching staffs in the conference. Concordia ranked third among GPAC squads in team ERA in both 2017 and 2018. In the latter year, sophomore Nick Little turned in perhaps the greatest season ever by a Bulldog pitcher and was named the GPAC Pitcher of the Year. Little went 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 91.1 innings.
A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dupic served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007 to 2014. In his seven seasons working with Buena Vista head coach Steve Eddie, the Beavers put together a combined record of 194-109 with IIAC regular-season and tournament titles in both 2010 and 2014. They made NCAA Division III national tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2014, including a 2011 World Series berth. The success was unprecedented for a Buena Vista program that experienced 24 losing seasons in 26 years prior to 2008.
As pitching coach, Dupic worked wonders with the Beaver hurlers, who led the IIAC in ERA and strikeouts over his final six years at BV (2008-14). In 2014 they set a school record for strikeouts in a season during a 37-9 campaign. Over the last six years, Dupic has mentored 13 all-conference pitchers and 21 academic all-conference pitchers. He also aided in the growth of 2014 Major League Baseball draft pick Scott Harris.
Owner of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (2008) and a master’s in science in education (2011) from Buena Vista, Dupic was a two-sport star for the Beavers. Dupic, who served as team captain, earned first team all-conference in 2006 and 2007, first team all-region in 2007 and team MVP (2007) honors on the diamond. On the basketball court, Dupic received team MVP accolades in 2007.
Dupic began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2002-05), where he was a member of the Hawkeye baseball team. He received Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
Following his collegiate playing days, Dupic signed a professional contract with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Dupic has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches’ Association (IHSBCA).
Ryan and his wife Abby reside in Seward with their son Cole.
Bulldogs Under Coach Dupic
2015: 26-18 Overall, 8-12 GPAC
2016: 28-27 Overall, 11-9 GPAC
2017: 34-22 Overall, 19-9 GPAC (1st)
2018: 25-22 Overall, 13-13 GPAC
Total: 113-89 Overall, 51-43 GPAC (3 years)