Head Coach: Grand Canyon University
Andy Stankiewicz begins his fifth season as Grand Canyon's head baseball coach in 2016 after becoming the fourth head coach in the history of the program prior to the 2012 campaign.
Under the guidance of Stankiewicz, the Antelopes placed second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 19-8 record in 2014. In its return to Division I, GCU went 30-23 overall, including marquee wins over NCAA regional participant Kansas and Arizona, which won the 2012 College World Series.
In 2013, Stankiewicz led GCU to its first appearance in the Division II Championship in Cary, N.C. after the squad boasted an impressive 40-19 overall record. The 'Lopes won the Division II West Region Championship after earning the fourth seed in the tournament. Stankiewicz was named the ABCA/Rawlings Division II West Region Coach of the Year as his team posted its most wins since collecting 43 in 1990. He was also named Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year after GCU earned a share of the conference crown for the first time since joining in 2007.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Gregg Wallis enters his third season with the GCU baseball program in 2016 after spending three seasons at Tennessee. While with the Volunteers, he served as a volunteer assistant coach and as the director of baseball operations.
Wallis was responsible for managing baseball camps, oversight of student managers, serving as an academic liaison, and the overall operations of the baseball program at Tennessee. Additionally, he was in charge of working with the Volunteer outfielders, assisted with the squad's offense, and manned the first base coaching box.
Wallis arrived at Tennessee after three seasons and three job titles at Cal State Fullerton. He last served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, working mainly with the team's outfielders, including Big West Freshman of the Year Michael Lorenzen.
Rich Dorman was hired at Grand Canyon in July of 2016 and will begin his first season at GCU. Dorman will serve as the pitching coach at GCU.
During his time with the Mariners organization, Dorman has been able to work with and mold some of the best arms in the game. Under Dorman's tutelage, eight players have reached the major leagues, including Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. Before arriving to GCU, Dorman was the pitching coach for the Clinton LumberKings, the Mariners Class A affiliate in Iowa.
Arizona and the city of Phoenix will be nothing new to Dorman having spent two seasons as the pitching coach for the AZL Mariners in the rookie league, based out at the Peoria Sports Complex. From 2009-10 and 2012-13, Dorman served as the pitching coach with the Everett AquaSox, the Class A Short Season affiliate for the Mariners.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ryan Cisterna enters his fifth season at Grand Canyon under head coach Andy Stankiewicz where he works primarily with hitters and catchers.
Cisterna brings a wealth of knowledge to the GCU program where he was drafted by three different Major League Baseball clubs. In 2006, Cisterna was drafted by the Kansas City Royals but Cisterna decided to attend school at the University of Arkansas. Once again in 2007 Cisterna was chosen in the MLB Draft, this time by the Washington Nationals.
Cisterna stayed in school where he became one of the nation's best catchers as he was nominated for the Johnny Bench Award, recognizing the best catcher in the country. Cisterna was a member of the Razorbacks team that made it to the NCAA College World Series in 2009. After an illustrious career at Arkansas, Cisterna was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009. Cisterna spent four years with the Angels as both a pitcher and catcher.
Cisterna is from Gilbert, Arizona and is married to Alexandra Cisterna with a two-year old son, Brady.
Joe Perez is in his fourth season working with the Lopes baseball team in 2016, and second serving as baseball operations graduate assistant. He previously served as a student manager.
In 2012, Perez earned his bachelor's degree in health administration from Jamestown University, where he was a catcher and second baseman for the Jimmie baseball team. He is on track to earn his master's degree in leadership at Grand Canyon in January 2016. He is engaged to marry Jacqueline Pulido.