IPFW Assistant Coach
Grant Birely enters his fifth season on the staff of Bobby Pierce at IPFW. He will continue to serve as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2011 the Mastodon pitching staff finished second in the nation in complete games, and Nick Opitz finished second in the nation in individual complete games. The Mastodons also saw their ERA lowered by two full runs, the Mastodons also had two pitchers receive Summit League Pitcher of the Week honors.
In 2010 the Mastodons won their first conference series in program history and also set a school record for most Division-I wins in program history. The pitching staff improved the team strikeout total while lowering the walk total and the team ERA. Birely had his first pitcher at IPFW sign a professional contract after the season.
In Coach Birely's first season at IPFW in 2009, the Mastodons had a Pre-Season Wallace Award Watch List Pitcher. Mastodon pitchers improved the number of strikeouts and picked off 25 base runners. Birely helped the team maintain a 3.0 GPA and saw one of his pitchers earn Fireman of the Year award for the best relief pitcher in the Prospect Collegiate Summer League.
In 2008 Birely was the Pitching Coach at Metro State College in Denver, Colorado under Head Coach Bobby Pierce. Under Birely's watch, the pitching staff set a school record for wins in season, strikeouts in a season and one pitcher set the individual mark for wins in a season. Also in 2008, Birely had six pitchers named to the All-Conference teams while helping the Roadrunners achieve a top 10 National Ranking. He also had a pitcher sign a professional contract.
Prior to Metro State, Birely served as an assistant coach at Regis Jesuit High School for two seasons under head coach Steve Cavnar. While at Regis Jesuit, he worked with the pitchers and helped the Raiders advance to the 5A state quarterfinals in 2007.
Birely began his collegiate baseball career at Central Arizona College, where he played the 2002 and 2003 seasons under current IPFW head coach Bobby Pierce. He helped Central Arizona to the 2002 Junior College National Championship. Birely then transferred to the University of New Orleans, where he pitched the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He currently holds the record for most appearances in a season. After graduating from the University of New Orleans in 2005, he pitched for the Mesa Miners in the Independent Golden Baseball League.
Coach Birely currently lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Bonny and their two children Tyler and Kaylee.
IPFW Assistant Coach
Scott Micinski is starting his first year as Assistant Coach with IPFW.
At IPFW, he will be working with position players in all aspects of the game. Hitting, defense, conditioning, base running, etc.
Coach Micinski is no stranger to the Mastodon program having played for Coach Pierce in 2009 and 2010. After his playing days at IPFW, he completed his graduate degree in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University where he assisted the baseball team in all phases of the game.
Coach Micinski is originally from South Bend, Ind. and is currently single and lives in Fort Wayne.