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#30 CaseyOlney
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

 
2018 Baseball Roster
Roster for 2018 Baseball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Collin AarforFRRHPR/R6-3190Bismarck, N.D.
Zander BauerFRINFR/R5-9160Gwinner, N.D.
Brennen NevaSOINFR/R5-11215Galesburg, N.D.
Dalton RambowFRINFR/R6-1185Wilmar, Minn.
Jonathan VanceSRRHPR/R6-3200Claremont, Calif.
1Nicholas VargasSOLHPL/L6-1175Hidden Valley, CalifMendocino
2Alexandro ValenzuelaJRINFR/R5-9160Rio Rico, Ariz.Mesabi Range
3Phillip DimasFRINFR/R5-11165Tucson, Ariz.
4Austin SmithSOINFR/R5-9175Raymond, Minn.
5Ben BaaschSOOFR/R5-11200Valley City, N.D.
6Aiden BrookFRUTLR/R5-9165Oakbank, Manitoba
7Emmanuel LeyvaJROFR/R5-10170Hemet, Calif.
8Ryan SandJRRHPR/R6-1190Steele, N.D.
9Alejandro GutierrezJRCR/R6-0190Ventura, Calif.Ventura
10Jesse JohnsonSORHP/INFR/R6-2185Valley City, N.D.
11Derek StiedleyFRLHPL/L5-8180Porterville, Calif.
12Tyler KliniskeFRINFR/R6-2190Grafton, N.D.
13Kody LaneJROFR/R6-1180Corvallis, Mont.Dakota College at Bottineau
14Dalton OndracekSOINFR/R6-1160Valley City, ND
16Lane HammerJRRHPR/R6-2180Meridian, IdahoShasta
16Tyler UkestadSRINFR/R6-1185Jamestown, N.D.
17Thomas LindgrenSRLHPL/L6-2225Alice, N.D.Minnesota State
18Grant BangenFRLHPL/L5-9150Wilmar, Minn.
19Grant WehselerJR1BR/R6-3270Owatonna, Minn.
20Zander DaleSOCR/R5-6185Shiprock, N.M.
21Brian FikeSOOFL/L5-9150Bowden, N.D.
22Jordon RoosSRRHPR/R6-3185Paynesville, Minn.
23Shaun KourajianJRINFR/R5-10165Harvey, N.D.
24Bradyn SandSOINFR/R6-0200Pekin, N.D.
25Brady SmithJRINFR/R6-0185Carrington, N.D.
26Nate SoulisJROFR/R6-0185Jamestown, N.D.
27Max KoprekSRRHPR/R6-6200St. Cloud, Minn.Itasca Community College
28Cody KingsburyJROF/1BL/R6-3245Grafton, N.D.
29Eric AndersonSOOF/1BR/R5-10210New Rockford, N.D.
30Dalten JangulaFRINFR/R6-0185Napoleon, N.D.
31Aaron SchusterJRINF/PR/R6-0210Wellington, Mo.Wentworth Military Academy
32Andrew HirschSRRHPR/R6-4200Mt. Lake, Minn.
34Jorun HamreSO1BR/R6-3238Leonard, ND
34Seth SoderholmFRINFR/R5-10190New Rockford, N.D.
44Jacob MillerJRRHP/CR/R6-3210Valley City, N.D.Century College
51Bryce KarlSRLHPL/L6-0185Harwood, N.D.Lake Region State College
55Brady EngebretsonJRLHPL/L6-1225Velva, N.D.Dakota College at Bottineau
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