2018 Baseball Coaches
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Casey Olney
Head Coach - 11th Season
Alma Mater: Central College, Iowa
Phone: 701-845-7171

The 2017-18 school year marks Casey Olney's 13th season at Valley City State University and his 11th season as Head Coach. Olney joined the Vikings staff in the fall of 2005 serving as hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, and strength / conditioning coach. In 2007, he was named the eighth head baseball coach in VCSU's history.

Olney guided a senior-heavy team to a 27-26 record and a third-place finish in the NSAA standings during the 2016-17 season. The Vikings were one win away from the NSAA Tournament Championship Series, losing out in the Bracket B Championship against Mayville State University. Five Vikings were named All Conference: Jared Meiklejohn, Brady Anderson, Andrew Frank, Ben Bruenjes and Anthony Necochea. Both Meiklejohn and Necochea earned a conference Gold Glove award. VCSU also had a program-record six players earn the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award.

Olney's 2015-16 team posted a 24-32 overall record before losing out in the Bracket A Championship of the NSAA Tournament. Joe Demers, David Whitaker and Brady Anderson all earned All Conference honors during the season.

The Vikings posted a school-record 32 wins in 2015 and broke more than a dozen school records in the process, including nine team records and four individual records. VCSU finished the year 32-25 and went 10-10 in the North Star Athletic Association, finishing third in the conference. The Vikings led the nation with 40 triples.

Valley City State finished 19-29 in 2014, finishing third in the inaugural season of the North Star Athletic Association. Olney's 2014 squad ranked 33rd in the nation in hits per game (9.7), led by sophomore utility player Brady Anderson, who was named NSAA Player of the Year and an honorable mention NAIA All-American.

Under Olney, 34 Vikings have earned all-conference recognition and 19 have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Olney also currently works as the assistant sports information director at VCSU.

Olney is a native of Flaxton, N.D. He attended Cibola H.S. in Yuma, Ariz., and graduated from Central College (Iowa) with a BA in business education. He finished his post secondary education with a 4.0 GPA while earning a masters degree in Sports Pedagogy from NDSU in 2009.

During his playing career Olney was voted a team captain at Central College and received the Central baseball team's Versteeg Award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship. Following his senior season at Central he stayed on with the Dutch as the Head Junior Varsity and Catchers Coach, and was an Assistant Varsity Coach for Pella (IA) High School.

Olney gained his first head coaching experience in Bowbells (N.D.) with the American Legion program. He also coached youth baseball at the Babe Ruth League level. His Bismarck (N.D.) Babe Ruth squad won championships at the District, State, and Midwest Plains levels before capturing 3rd place at the Babe Ruth World Series in Van Buren, Ark.

Coach Olney has also been active in amateur baseball. From 1995-1997 he played with the Sherwood (N.D.) Yankee's helping them to a Saskota league championship in 1997. In 2007 he was a member of the class AA state champion Enderlin Indies. Olney also helped Valley City found and organize two new amateur baseball teams in 2009, the Saints and Merchants. He was a member of the 2010 Merchants A state championship team, and the 2013 Saints AA state championship team.

Coach Olney is currently President of the Valley City Baseball Association and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

He resides in Valley City with his wife Kari, daughter Claire and son Will.

Background
    •    Hometown: Flaxton, ND
    •    Education: Cibola High School, Yuma, AZ
    •    College: Central College of Iowa , B.A.
    •    College: North Dakota State University, M.S. 2009
    •    Office Phone: 701-845-7171
    •    Email: [email protected]

Coaching Experience
    •    2007 - Present: VCSU - Head Coach
    •    2005-07: VCSU - Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
    •    2005: Pella High School - Assistant Coach / Head JV Coach
    •    2005: Central College - Assistant Coach / Assistant Recruiting / Head JV Coach
    •    2004: Bismarck Babe Ruth - Co-Head Coach / 3rd Place in '04 Babe Ruth World Series
    •    Bowbells American Legion: Head Coach in 1995 and 1996 seasons

 
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Anthony Kliniske
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: North Dakota State University
Phone: 701-845-7172

Anthony Kliniske is in his fourth season as the lead assistant coach for the Viking baseball program. Kliniske joined the VCSU staff in August, 2014, and serves primarily as the pitching coach.

The Viking pitching staff had its strongest season yet under Kliniske's guidance during the 2016-17 season. The Vikings posted a 5.18 team ERA in 2016-17, which is the lowest team ERA since 2012. Opponents batted just .265 against Viking pitchers which is the lowest ever in the tenure of head coach Casey Olney.

During Kliniske's first year at VCSU, the pitching staff set a new school record with 339 strikeouts during the season. Starting pitchers David Whitaker (2015-16) and Andrew Frank (2016-17) have earned All Conference durining Kliniske's tenure.

Kliniske is a native of Grafton, N.D. Competing in football, basketball, and baseball for Grafton High School, Kliniske was named an All State performer in all three sports. He graduated in 2008 and went on to play baseball at North Dakota State University from 2009-2012.

Kliniske led the Bison in opponents batting average, saves, and appearances his freshman and sophomore years. He appears in multiple career and single season records at NDSU including the second most strikeouts per 9 innings in a season with 12.18. He is sixth all time with 9.04 strikeouts per 9 innings and eighth all time in appearances with 49.

In 2015, Kliniske signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League.

As a collegiate student-athlete, Kliniske excelled in the classroom and was a three-time honoree on the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from NDSU in 2012.

 
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Anthony Necochea
Student Assistant - 1st Season
 
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Austin Alvarez
Manager - 1st Season