So who’s next for the QU baseball team?

May 13, 2010 3 Comments

With Brian Unger’s resignation as the Quincy University baseball coach today after three years on the job, the talk turns to who will take over the program.

Unless he could somehow talk his good buddy Pat Atwell out of his AD gig at Drury to come back and take over the program he built into a power in the 1990s, which isn’t very likely at all, QU Athletic Director Marty Bell will start a national search for Unger’s replacement.

With a full plate that includes finding two new athletic department assistants and an assistant for his own men’s basketball program, Bell could make a quick hire for Unger’s post.

Give Josh Rabe  a call.

Rabe is arguably the best player in QU history. He was a two-time All-American, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and later GLVC Player of the Year. He went on to play in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins.

Since a back injury forced him to retire from baseball in 2008, Rabe’s spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach at fellow GLVC member St. Joseph’s College. After going from the big leagues to doing grunt work in Rensselaer, Ind., it’s obvious that Rabe is willing to do whatever it takes to be a coach.

A GLVC Hall of Famer, Rabe knows what it takes to succeed in the league and certainly knows what it takes to win at Quincy after helping the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and to the GLVC title in 2000.

It’s a homecoming that could be a home run for QU.

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  1. Jim says:

    Rabe would be an excellent choice!!!!! Great suggestion and I hope he is chosen. Now any suggestion on the other jobs that are open?

  2. dobrien says:

    Jim,

    Thanks for chiming in. Rabe would be a slam dunk, but there are also some other good possibilities out there locally for Marty Bell to consider in Chris Martin, who is the coach at QND and coaches the Gems, and current QU assistant Brandon DeJaynes.

    As for the other positions open, I’d think the school will find another hungry young coach to aide the men’s basketball program. Former Hawks Ryan Walker and Jestin Anderson are possibilities. Marty also has a lot of contacts throughout the Division I ranks, so there’s a possibility of a younger guy coming from those ranks.

    The AD positions will be interesting. One of them likely will be a female to serve as the Senior Women’s Administrator, which every NCAA school must have. Those duties could be passed along to a coach at the school, but that’s kind of frowned upon.

    Marty’s got a lot on his plate right now. That’s why I think the baseball job will be a quick fill, especially with people with local ties who likely will be interested in the gig.

  3. confused says:

    Personally, I really respect J-Dubs coach but he might have a better gig money and pension wise at the public job than he could get at QU.

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