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2012 Season - Greg Wallace

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Greg Wallace enters his 16 th season as the head baseball coach at his alma mater and it has been an era of unprecedented success. Since assuming the reigns of the Vikings prior to the 1997-98 school year, he has guided the Vikings to two school record seasons in terms of victories and 14 of the top 15 single season win totals in Augustana history. In seven of his 15 years, Augustana has won at least 30 games, including four in a row from 2005 through 2008.

In his very first year he took the Vikings to a 22-16 record, the second highest victory total in school history at the time, trailing only the then-existing school mark of 25 wins compiled in 1996. He eclipsed that record in 1999 when he led Augustana to a sterling 32-13 season. Included among those 32 wins was the first College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin baseball tournament championship in school history and first ever NCAA Division III tournament appearance. In 2000 the Blue & Gold went 38-8, establishing a new school record and were an impressive 17-4 in CCIW play. The 2001 season saw the Vikings finish with a 30-14 record and place second in the CCIW and in 2002 Augustana went 25-16 and finished third in the CCIW. The Vikings compiled a mark of 28-15 and placed third in the conference in 2003 and established seven new school records. In 2004 Wallace's crew went 25-15 overall and 10-11 in the conference and in 2005 Augustana was 33-11 overall and 15-6 in the CCIW. The 2006 campaign finished with a 31-10 overall record and a 15-6 record in conference action.

In a two year span from 2007 through 2008 the Vikings had a combined record of 69-27 and have qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament each season. In 2007 they were 35-14, the second highest win total in school history and second place finishes in both the CCIW and NCAA Regional tournaments. His team set 10 new school records during the year. The 2008 team went 34-13, the third highest victory total in Augustana history and was third in both the conference and regional tournament. In 2009 the Vikings went 23-17 and in 2010 the Vikings went 25-15 overall. The 2011 version of the Vikings compiled a 28-12 overall record. In 2012, Augustana posted a 25-17 record to secure a 15 th straight year over the 20 win plateau. The 2012 season was a milestone year for Wallace as he recorded his 500 th overall win as a head coach.

In just 15 years Wallace has a record of 434-206 (.678) at Augustana and his overall collegiate record is 512-255 (.668). He currently ranks 25 th in NCAA Division III in terms of winning percentage among active coaches with at least five years experience and 32 nd in victories among active coaches. He was also the CCIW “Coach of the Year” in 2005.

Wallace, who grew up in Belvidere, Illinois and was a three sport (football – basketball – baseball) star at Belvidere High School before graduating in 1984, was outstanding in both baseball and football during his undergraduate days at Augustana. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Vikings and served as team captain as a senior during the 1987 season. During his football career he led Augustana to NCAA Division III titles in 1985 and 1986 and the Vikings won three straight CCIW championships under his control. As a baseball player he was a four-time letterwinner and a four-year starter at second base and center field and was named to the All-conference team in 1986 and 1987.

Wallace graduated from Augustana in the spring of 1988 with a degree in business with concentrations in marketing and management. After serving as the head baseball coach at Rock Valley Community College for one year in 1989, he moved on to graduate school at Frostburg State University in Maryland. At Frostburg he served as both an assistant football and baseball coach while he earned his Master's Degree in education. He later became the defensive backs coach for the Bobcat football team before being named head baseball coach in 1992. During his four year tenure (1992-95) as head baseball coach at Frostburg State, Wallace compiled a record of 78-49-1. In his first year his Bobcat team won the Eastern States Athletic Conference and Wallace was named the ESAC ‘Coach of the Year'. While under the direction of Wallace, Frostburg State qualified for the ECAC (East Coast Athletic Conference) playoffs three times.

In the summer of 1995 Wallace came back to Augustana and quickly moved up the chain of command. In 1995 he assumed the duties of assistant football and assistant baseball coach, in 1996 he became the offensive coordinator for the Vikings football team, in 1997 he became the head baseball coach, and finally in 1998 he was named the men's athletic director, replacing John Farwell, who retired after 16 years at the position. He held that position until the spring of 2004. Wallace and his wife Rona currently live in Rock Island, Illinois with their two sons Cayton and Trenton.

 

WALLACE'S CAREER RECORD

 

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

At Frostburg State University in Frostburg , Maryland

YEAR

WON

LOSS

.PCT

WON

LOSS

.PCT

1992

24

10

.705

 

 

 

1993

19

13

.593

 

 

 

1994

17

11

.603*

 

 

 

1995

18

15

.545

 

 

 

TOTAL

78

49

.614

 

 

 

At Augustana

1998

22

16

.579

7

13

.350

1999

32

13

.711

9

9

.500

2000

38

8

.826

17

4

.809

2001

30

14

.682

13

8

.619

2002

25

16

.609

13

8

.619

2003

28

15

.651

13

8

.619

2004

25

15

.625

10

11

.476

2005

33

11

.750

15

6

.714

2006

31

10

.756

15

6

.714

2007

35

14

.714

13

8

.619

2008

34

13

.723

14

7

.667

2009

23

17

.575

10

10

.500

2010

25

15

.625

8

13

.381

2011

28

12

.700

12

9

.571

2012

25

17

.595

11

10

.524

TOTAL

434

206

.678

180

130

.581

CAREER

512

255

.668

 

 

 

•  - Denotes one tie game in 1994 at Frostburg State.