Craig Rainey
Craig Rainey
Title: Head Coach/Pitching
Phone: 517-264-3977
Email: crainey@adrian.edu
Year: 24th Season
Hometown: Owosso, Mich.
Previous College: Adrian College '89

Craig Rainey '89 is entering his 24th season as the head baseball coach at Adrian College in 2017. Under Rainey’s leadership, Adrian’s baseball program has risen to national prominence and has become a perennial contender for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.

The 2016 Bulldogs wound up 30-12 overall and 24-4 in conference play--winning the league by six games. Adrian swept the individual player awards as All-American Ryan Dorow earned the MIAA Position Player of the Year for the second time in three years and Tommy Parsons was named the Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore. Led by all-region standouts Ian Mikowski, Dorow and Parsons, Adrian set school records with a NCAA Division III-topping .438 on-base percentage, 228 walks and 366 runs scored among other team/individual benchmarks.

AT ADRIAN

  • Compiled a career record of 585-388 for a .605 winning percentage--all at the school. He is the winningest coach in MIAA history.
  • MIAA record is 404-160 (.716).
  • Bulldogs had eight straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship from 2008 to 2015, going 265-100 and winning 72.6 percent of their games during that stretch.
  • Have won eight consecutive MIAA championships in a row to tie the conference record set by Alma College from 1951 to 1958. The Bulldogs have won or shared 10 of the last 12 MIAA championships.
  • Won 10 conference championships overall including regular-season titles in 2005 and '06.
  • Captured the first four MIAA tournament crowns (2012-15).
  • Has guided program to nine consecutive 30-win seasons, including a school-record 37 wins in 2012. The team has also had 14 winning seasons in a row under Rainey. 
  • All 10 NCAA tournament appearances (2005-06, 2008-15) in school history have occurred with Rainey at the helm. Seventeen NCAA wins (against 21 losses) and 10 berths are conference benchmarks.
  • Became first MIAA team to reach NCAA World Series in 2008 when the Bulldogs finished fourth in the nation with a 36-13 overall mark.
  • Coached six student-athletes to 12 All-America citations since 2008.
  • In 2009, Adrian set an MIAA record by winning the league with a 25-3 record. Also hosted the NCAA Mideast Regional at Nicolay Field for the first time in school history (3rd place).
  • Most of the team records have been established under Rainey's watch.

MIAA INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES UNDER COACH RAINEY

  • Mentored 37 all-region performers and 66 first-team All-MIAA players.
  • Produced 11 conference players of the year and seven league most valuable pitchers.
  • Current assistant and third base coach Aaron Klotz was first Bulldog to earn MIAA Player of the Year honors in 1997.
  • Seven-straight conference players of the year: Bobby Rickstad, dh/ut (2008); Todd Meyers and Alex Cowart, of (2009); Alex Cowart, of (2010); Brian Bilius, 3b (2011); Kyle Strawn, of (2012); Dan Heatherly, dh/ut (2013); Ryan Dorow, ss (2014).
  • MIAA Pitcher of the Year awarded to the Bulldogs three times in a row in two different spans: 2009-11 with Ryan Domschot, Josh Lancaster and David Partyka; and 2014-16 with Holden Branch, Eric Schmidt and Tommy Parsons.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES

  • 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
  • 2016 NCAA D-III statistical champion with a .438 on-base percentage, a school record.

OTHER RECENT ADRIAN BASEBALL INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES 

  • Ryan Dorow was the 2014 D3baseball.com National Rookie of the Year.
  • Todd Meyers earned the ABCA National Gold Glove Award at shortstop in 2009.
  • Alex Cowart and Dorow are the only Bulldogs chosen All-American in multiple years.
  • Ryan Domschot (D3Baseball.com) and Cowart (ABCA) are the only first-team All-Americans in team history, both in 2009.

PRIOR TO CURRENT POSITION

  • Assistant baseball coach under former athletic director and Bulldog Hall of Fame member Henry Mensing. In 1993, Rainey helped AC to its first MIAA baseball championship. 
  • Rainey started for three years at catcher for the Bulldogs and won the MIAA batting crown as a senior, hitting .467 in league games. 
  • Earned a master’s degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy.
  • Hometown is Owosso, Mich.

PERSONAL LIFE

  • Resides in Adrian with his two children, Gunner and Kia.

The Rainey Career Record at Adrian

Years Overall MIAA Finish
1994 18-16 8-9 5th
1995 21-23 10-8 4th
1996 18-24 9-9 5th
1997 22-20 9-9 4th
1998 22-16 14-7 2nd
1999 22-19 11-10 3rd
2000 19-24 10-8 2nd
2001 10-29 5-13 7th
2002 16-23 9-9 3rd
2003 21-18 11-7 3rd
2004 24-15 13-5 2nd
2005 27-16 16-5 1st
2006 26-17 21-7 1st
2007 24-16 20-8 2nd
2008 36-13 22-6 2nd
2009 33-11 25-3 1st
2010 30-13 23-5 1st
2011 31-11 24-4 1st
2012 37-10 24-4 1st
2013 32-15 20-8 T-1st
2014 33-15 21-7

1st

2015 33-12 23-5

1st

2016 30-12 24-4 1st
Totals 585-388 404-160