SEWARD, Neb. – After leading the Concordia University Baseball program to the NAIA World Series, Bulldog Head Coach Ryan Dupic has been named an NAIA Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), as announced on Thursday (July 1). Dupic is one of nine head coaches in the NAIA to garner regional recognition. He was also named a finalist for the NAIA Ball National Coach of the Year honor.
Dupic has completely transformed the program since arriving prior to the 2015 season. The Buena Vista University (Iowa) graduate took over an outfit that had not posted a winning season since 1979. Over Dupic’s seven seasons, the Bulldogs have finished above .500 each year while winning GPAC championships in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Concordia also reached the national tournament in all three of those campaigns. Dupic has run his record as head coach to 202-128, including a 97-55 mark in conference games. The 2021 Bulldogs went 42-12 overall and landed at No. 12 in the NAIA postseason coaches’ poll, representing the highest national ranking in program history.
Dupic’s tenure at Concordia:
· 202-128 overall record (seven seasons)
· Four combined GPAC titles (three regular season, one postseason)
· Three national tournament appearances
· One NAIA World Series appearance
· Two-time GPAC Coach of the Year (2017, 2019)
· 2021 ABCA NAIA Regional Coach of the Year
· 2021 team: most wins in program history (42)
· Two GPAC Pitchers of the Year (Nick Little, 2018; Jake Fosgett, 2021)
· One GPAC Player of the Year (Christian Meza, 2019)