Concordia Eagles
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Mike Grahovac
Head Coach
5th Season

 

Grahovac enters his 5th season as head coach after a successful 2012 season where the Eagles won their second consecutive GSAC Tournament Championship, advanced to the NAIA Opening Round as the #1 seed and finished with a 38-18, 22-10 GSAC record. In four years at the program's helm, Grahovac's teams have combined to go 130-87.  2012 marked the program's second trip to the NAIA Opening Round.  His 2012 squad set records in doubles (124) and triples (29).  Grahovac was the 2011 NAIA Coach of the Year.

He has coached one NAIA All-American, five All-Tournament members, one World Series MVP, one Charles Berry Hustle Award winner, six GSAC Gold Glove winners, six All-GSAC honorees, and his 2011 squad were selected the Hank Burbridge Champions of Character award winners.

Grahovac's most successful season came in 2011 when the Eagles won their first-ever NAIA National Championship. He guided his 2011 squad to a program-best 43-19 record, finishing with a 12-1 mark in postseason play and winning 25 of its last 28 contests overall.  They made their first-ever trip to the NAIA Opening Round, where they went 3-0.

2011 NAIA All-American honorable mention honoree Bryan Nicholson and John Hill were both selected in the MLB First-Year Players Draft, with Hill going to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round (601 overall), and Nicholson going to the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round (1167 overall).

Grahovac, who directly oversees the Concordia pitching staff, also coached Chicago White Sox 15th-round draftee Cameron Bayne in 2009 and Seattle Mariners' 24th-round pick Bennett Whitmore in 2010.

In Grahovac's previous coaching stint (2006-08), he led local prep power Orange Lutheran to a Trinity League title in 2008. Grahovac and the Orange Lutheran program produced a total of five players who were drafted by MLB teams.

The most notable draftee was Gerrit Cole, the top pick by the New York Yankees in 2008 and the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburg Pirates after he played three years at UCLA.

Grahovac had previously served as an assistant coach at Orange Coast Community College from 1992-98 and worked in law enforcement before returning to the diamond in 2006.

While he was on staff at Orange Coast, Grahovac spent the summer of 1996 as an assistant coach for the Alaska Goldpanners of the prestigious summer Alaska League, where he coached future major leaguers Michael Young, Jason Phillips and Jason Lane.

As a player, Grahovac was selected as a catcher in the fourth round of the 1989 draft by the San Francisco Giants, but sustained a career-ending injury in the minor leagues. Before being drafted, Grahovac earned a pair of All-Conference honors while playing for Chapman.

Grahovac earned his undergraduate degree in movement and exercise science from Chapman in 1992, and completed his master's degree in education at Azusa Pacific in 1996.

 

 
 
2013 Roster
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Cody SmithJROFL/R5-10185Santee, CASan Diego State
2Matt PalmerSRINFR/R6-0180Riverside, CAMount San Jacinto JC
3Matt HortonJRINFR/R6-0175Los Gatos, CACabrillo College
4Trever BenjaminJRINFS/R5-9175Irvine, CAMesa CC
5Adam QuintanaJRRHP/OFR/R6-2207Highland, CASan Bernardino Valley College
6Atlee SchwabJRINFR/R6-0188Long Beach, CAEl Camino College
7Phil GerberSRRHPR/R6-1180Newhall, CACampbellsville
8Colton CallJRINFR/R5-9185Sandy, UTChaffey College
9Dave PetersonSRC/1BR/R6-0200Villa Park, CAHawaii
10Justin HodgesJRINFR/R5-11165Santa Ana, CAAntelope Valley College
12Tyler UpdikeJROFR/R6-1210Yuba City, CAYuba College
13Blake HarrisonSRRHPR/R6-5220Laguna Niguel, CAAliso Niguel HS
14Danny RomeroSRLHPR/L6-2180Port Angeles, WAEverett CC
15Chase KoissianSROFR/R6-0205Cypress, CAHawaii
16Andrew BrooksJRRHPR/R6-3185Lone Pine, CAImmanuel Christian HS
17Ryan DiMascioSRINFR/R6-1210Scottsdale, AZLamar CC
18Dillon BryantJROF/INFR/R5-9190Orange, CASan Diego State
19Chris LeeSRC/1BR/R6-0205Saratoga, CAWayland Baptist
20Bryan GarzaJR1BL/R6-1205Villa Park, CAOrange Coast College
21Chris KuberSRCR/R5-10185Clovis, CAWright State
22Sean BufordSRRHPR/R6-2202Fresno, CAFresno City College
23Cole SwansonJRLHPL/L6-5210San Diego, CASan Diego State
24Steven McMichaelSROFR/R6-1175Mission Viejo, CAOrange Coast College
25Spencer OfeltSRINFR/R5-11200Puyallup, WACal State Fullerton
26Steven HurstSOOFR/R5-10190Orange, CACypress College
27Chris RubioJRRHPR/R6-5200Hesperia, CAMt. San Jacinto College
28A.J. AlmeidaSRCS/R6-0190Norco, CAIrvine Valley College
29Daniel ShineSOINFR/R6-0190Riverside, CARiverside Arlington HS
30Josh BagwellJRRHPR/R6-1190Riverside, CASan Bernardino Valley
31Ty HolmSROFL/R6-2195Lake Stevens, WAEverett CC
32Joe GoldenbergSROF/RHPR/R6-3215Laguna Niguel, CAHawaii
33John BornhopFR1B/RHPL/R6-4190Orange, CAServite HS
34Chris GarrisonSRRHPR/R6-4200Rocklin, CAKentucky
35Josh AndersonJRRHPR/R6-7185Huntington Beach, CACypress College
Mike Grahovac - Head Coach - 5th season
Joe Turgeon - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Matt Fahey - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Rick Converse - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Ryan Day - Assistant Coach - 1st season