Head Coach: Grand Canyon University
Andy Stankiewicz begins his fourth season as Grand Canyon University's head baseball coach after becoming the fourth head coach in the history of GCU's baseball program prior to the 2012 season.
Under the guidance of Stankiewicz, the Antelopes placed second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 19-8 record in 2013-14. In their return to Division I, GCU went 30-23 overall, including marquee wins over College World Series Regional participant Kansas and 2012 NCAA College World Series Champion Arizona.
In 2013, Stankiewicz led GCU to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships in Cary, N.C. after the squad boasted an impressive 40-19 overall record. The 'Lopes won the NCAA Division II West Region Championships 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.
In 2012, he guided the 'Lopes to a 27-23 overall record as the squad finished eighth in the final West Region poll.
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Nathan Choate begins his fourth season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Grand Canyon University. In his first season with the Antelopes in 2012, he directed a GCU pitching staff that included Major League Baseball draft pick Brady Wager and breakout freshman Jorge Perez. His second season saw him oversee the emergence of 2013 Pacific West Conference Freshman of the Year Andrew Naderer.
Perez, along with left-hander Brandon Bonilla, were both drafted in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft, the first time since 2010 that the Lopes have had a multi-draft class.
In their return to the Division I ranks, Choate helped guide Naderer and Coley Bruns to First and Second Team All-WAC honors, respectively.
Gregg Wallis enters his second season with the GCU baseball program after spending three seasons at the University of 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.
Ryan Cisterna enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for Grand Canyon University.
Cisterna attended the University of Arkansas and played in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Prior to his time with Arkansas, he played for Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Cisterna was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and played three seasons of professional baseball. He will also direct GCU's baseball camps throughout the year.