Former Winona State Baseball Coach Gary Grob has been elected to the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Grob will be inducted on September 16 along with five others. Grob coached Winona State for 35 years, racking up 1,020 victories.
"I am very grateful to the people who nominated and selected me to receive this honor," said Grob. "This award is only possible because of the many people I played with and managed in amateur baseball in Minnesota."
During his tenure, Grob led the Warriors to the NAIA World Series on three occasions and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors were NIC regular season champions 12 times and NSIC regular season champions four times in Grob's 35 years. Grob was inducted into the Winona State Hall of Fame in 2006.
A 15-time NAIA District 13 Coach of the Year, Grob coached 158 all-conference performers and 16 of his players signed professional baseball contracts. Well-regarded by his peers, Grob was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame and the NSIC Hall of Fame.
As a student at WSU, Grob was a standout baseball player on teams that made it to the 1961 and 1962 NAIA World Series. A standout hitter, his .354 career batting average still ranks highly in Winona State history.
The 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at River's Edge Convention center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.