Ryan Grice
Ryan Grice
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 614-236-6203
Email: rgrice@capital.edu
Previous College: Walsh '00

Ryan Grice assumed the role of head baseball coach at Capital on August 1, 2009 after a successful stint as an assistant coach at LaGrange College (Ga.). After eight seasons as head coach of the Crusaders in the books, Grice looks to continue to develop his promising team in order to build upon the Crusaders' tradition of overall athletic success.

Last season, Grice coached the team to a 17-20 overall record and 5-13 in OAC play. The team was led by Alexander Smith, Second Team All-OAC and Brendon Borkey, Honorable Mention All-OAC. Logan Bastin was recognized as the Clyde Lamb Award winner. Bastin, Patrick Avellano, Doug Connor, Tyler Gibbons, Connor Hopkins, Shane Wellman, Ryan Kirk, Gabe Morris, and Joe Caporale all achieved Academic All-OAC. The 2017 season featured Grice’s 100th victory that came against rival Otterbein on April 8. The team won eight of its first 10 games of the season.

In 2016, Grice coached the team to a 19-17 overall record and 7-11 in OAC play. The team was led by Logan Bastin, who earned CoSIDA Division III Academic All-American status. Bastin was also selected to the Second Team All-Mideast Region by ABCA/Rawlings as well as a Third Team All-Mideast Region by D3Baseball.com. Bastin and Brett Colburn both earned First Team All-OAC, while Alexander Smith earned All-OAC honorable mention. The 2016 season featured a huge win over OAC powerhouse Marietta College. Capital won in stellar fashion with a final score of 17-2.

In 2015, Grice coached the team to three more wins than the team earned in 2014, resulting in a 2015 record of 14-23. The team had a handful of players recognized for their exceptional performance on the field and in the classroom. Logan Bastin and Jake Foley both earned all-conference honorable mention status, and Bastin joined Christian Ross, Derek Colston, and Shane Wellman as Academic All-OAC honorees.

In 2014, Capital made its impact both on and off the field. Eight players were named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference, and centerfielder Nate Campbell became the program's fifth-ever Academic All-American and first since 1984. He was named Third Team Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Fellow outfielder Taylor Branisel earned Third Team All-OAC accolades.

In 2013, the Crusaders posted their first 20-win season since 2007 with a 21-17 overall mark, including an 8-10 record in Ohio Athletic Conference play. Following the season, three Capital players were named All-OAC and six earned Academic All-OAC accolades. During the season, the Crusaders faced four opponents that finished the year ranked in the D3baseball.com Top 25, including No. 20 Augustana College (Ill.), which they defeated 4-2 in Winter Haven, Fla. Capital also knocked off NCAA Regional qualifier Thomas More College (Ky.) 6-1.

In 2012, Capital posted a record of 15-22, the program's highest win total since 2007, despite playing with no seniors on the roster. The Crusaders began the season with an 8-2 record and won three of their last six games in Ohio Athletic Conference play. Junior Patrick Jackson was selected to the All-OAC second team, while Jackson and sophomore Nate Campbell were Academic All-OAC picks.

In 2011, the Crusaders finished 12-22, including an improved record of 8-10 in the OAC. The team moved up to sixth place in the conference, its highest finish in the league standings since 2007.

In his first season with the Purple and White, Grice led the Crusaders to a 13-24 record, the program's best mark since 2007. Capital's growth and development as a team was epitomized by sweeping their last two conference opponents to close out the season. In all, the Crusaders swept three league opponents to earn a 6-12 record in OAC competition.

Prior to coming to Capital, Grice served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at LaGrange while also supervising the maintenance of a $2.2 million baseball facility. His pitchers were a part of a Panther program that recorded at least 23 wins in each of the three seasons he was on campus while racking up a 1.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In 2006, Grice served as an assistant coach at the University of Akron where he supervised student athletes in all facets of the program while helping then first-year head coach Pat Bangston lay down the groundwork to build the Zips program into a darkhorse in the Mid-American Conference while building strong recruiting ties in the Buckeye State.

Grice also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Walsh University. He served as the top hitting instructor and guided the Cavaliers during five-consecutive 20-win campaigns. Grice also worked with the American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year during a 2005 season that saw Walsh record 32 victories. WU won the AMC North Division Championship that season while advancing to the NAIA Region IX Tournament and garnering several votes in the final NAIA Top-25 Poll.

Grice has experience coaching in the Great Lakes League, a collegiate wood bat summer league. He was an assistant coach for three seasons with the Stark County Terriers where he served as the third base coach. Grice then served as the first ever head coach of the Granville Settlers in 2007.

A four-year letterman at Walsh, Grice ranked sixth upon graduation on the school's all-time career hits list. In his final two seasons at Walsh, he earned All-American Mideast Conference honors. Grice helped Walsh to the most wins in school history (36) and the best winning percentage in conference history, (19-2) his senior season.

Grice is a native of Millersburg, Ohio. He was a standout in baseball and football for West Holmes High School. Grice was a four-year starter for the baseball team and a three-year starter for the football team where he earned all-state honors.

Grice, his wife Cori and twins Trey and Alaina live in Pickerington.

 

Year

Overall

OAC (finish)

Notes

2010

13-24

6-12 (8th)

 

2011

12-22

8-10 (6th)

 

2012

15-22

4-13 (9th)

 

2013

21-17

8-10 (t-6th)

 

2014

11-23

2-16 (t-9th)

 

2015

14-23

4-14 (9th)

 

2016

19-17

7-11 (t-6th)

 
2017 17-20 5-13 (t-8th)  

TOTALS

103-151 (.405)

37-88 (.296)