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In his first head coaching position, Grizzly skipper Brad Stromdahl has led the Georgia Gwinnett College baseball program to a fast start in Lawrenceville. The former collegiate standout brought 13 years of coaching experience to his post at GGC, including the previous six as recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Georgia State University.
Stromdahl has laid the foundation for the Grizzly baseball program since his hire in October 2011. He hired a coaching staff, recruited and developed student-athletes and ultimately led his team to a 30-win season on the field in its first year of competition.
The Grizzlies outscored their opponents by nearly 100 runs on the field in 2013, overcoming adversity to complete a highly-successful campaign. Playing the first month of the season on the road while the Grizzlies' home venue was completed, Stromdahl's squad won eight of its first nine games. The team then opened the Grizzly Baseball Complex with nine straight home wins and ultimately reached 13 games over .500. The Grizzlies went on to defeat defending NAIA national champion Tennessee Wesleyan College by a 6-1 margin in April, one of two wins over ranked opponents.
Georgia Gwinnett batted .314 as a team on the year and outscored its opponents 70-18 in the first inning. Meanwhile, 10 different Grizzlies earned wins on the mound as Stromdahl helped navigate around pitching depth due to injury. Stromdahl also has coordinated field maintenance at the pristine Grizzly Baseball complex, offering the Grizzlies and guests one of the finest baseball settings in the state.
During his time as recruiting coordinator at Georgia State, Stromdahl helped the Panthers achieve extraordinary success. For five seasons, the Panther offense batted over the .300 mark, averaging a .319 clip, and Panther players set eight new offensive single season records and 11 new career offensive records. He was also instrumental in reaping top Division I recruiting classes nationwide, finishing in the top fifty the past three seasons.
In 2011, the Panther offense ranked among the best in the nation at reaching base safely, finishing second in the CAA with a .401 on-base percentage. The team secured a league-high 294 walks to place ninth in the NCAA, while four offensive players went on to be named All-Conference selections at season's end.
In 2010, Stromdahl oversaw the greatest offensive season in the history of the program as the Panthers led the nation in batting average for most of the season. The Panthers led the NCAA in runs scored per game and sacrifice flies, and they finished third in national batting average, marking a team average of .351. With Stromdahl's guidance, the offense broke nearly every team single-season record.
After graduating 12 seniors from 2009, Stromdahl helped lead the 2010 squad to 34 wins, the second most in school history, while watching a record six players earn All-CAA honors. The team broke GSU's records for batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs, base on balls, conference wins, conference winning percentage and home winning percentage.
The 2009 season saw Stromdahl help lead the Panthers to their most successful season in school history. The team won a record 39 games, earned its first-ever CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. Additionally, the Panthers set school records, for the second straight year, for runs, hits and RBIs.
Moreover, Stromdahl's support of academic excellence led to another victory as the players maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.01.
Prior to GSU, Stromdahl spent three seasons at Central Michigan University. With the Chippewas, Stromdahl's primary responsibilities were hitting instruction, working with infielders and assisting with recruiting.
During Stromdahl's time at CMU, the offense led the Mid-American Conference in over half of the offensive categories each season. CMU made three MAC Tournament appearances and won the MAC regular-season title in 2004. In 2005, the Chippewas finished with a 42-18 overall record and fell in the championship game of the conference tournament.
Additionally, Stromdahl's experience includes time at Southwest Minnesota State (1999-2002), coaching with legendary coach Paul Blanchard, and Marshall University (2003), as well as coaching for the Coastal Plain League (2004) and Northwoods League (2006).
Stromdahl spent two seasons playing for the Division II Mustangs before pursuing a career in professional baseball for two seasons. He received a master's degree in sports administration from Central Michigan in 2006 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State in 2002. In addition, Stromdahl played two seasons at Bethany Lutheran College for legendary coach Art Westphal.
Stromdahl, who grew up in Napa, California, finished high school in Minocqua, Wisconsin. He married Tessa Rieger in December 2006. The couple has two sons, Leo William, who was born in August 2011, and Hugo Walter, who was born in September 2014.
The Stromdahl family resides in Atlanta.