Former University of Sioux Falls assistant coach Charlie Dubanoski was named the 13th baseball coach in program history on Friday. He has served the last three seasons as USF’s head assistant coach, while also being Sioux Falls Post 15 Legion West manager since 2018.
Now he is in charge of his own collegiate program.
“The vision here is to bring in quality students-athletes who overwork everyone. That’s what I want to see, ”Dubanoski said. “We play the game the right way, and we’ll work hard from the first pitch to the last pitch.”
Originally from Burnsville, Minnesota, Dubanoski has made a name for himself in South Dakota’s baseball ranks over the past decade.
He played for Augustana University from 2008-2011, and was a two-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection. Prior to joining the USF staff, he was also the Assistant Director of Player Development at the Sioux Empire Baseball Association.
Along the way, he became acquainted with the state’s talent, especially as a Legion coach, and built recruitment bands. He will continue to coach Post 15 West this summer.
“It’s been pretty awesome to have guys I can call and go, ‘Hey, do you have a guy for me?’ Or boys I can trust, ‘What do you think of this child?’ “He said. “It’s huge to continue to be in South Dakota, and I was in the USF and have ties there. And hopefully continue to build on that, and now it’s recruiting kids to play for me. ”
Dubanoski takes over a program that went 5-11 in a shortened 2020 season. The Tigers finished 23-23 in 2019, but have not had a winning record since 2014. They have not released their plan for 2021, but they usually start playing in February.
It will be a quick turnaround for the new coach, who credits USF coach Grant Hieb to prepare him for this opportunity. Not only to grow as a baseball coach, but also to teach him to run a program off the field, such as budgeting, scholarships and managing a list.
He mentioned several times about DWU’s top management and about building relationships with its players, which fit into the culture the Tigers built in recent years.
“His background, baseball philosophy, recruitment and familiarity with the region give him the tools to succeed at this level,” said DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart in a press release. “Like coach (John) Greicar, Charlie is a player’s coach and he will be a perfect form to lead this program forward.”