GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

GCU baseball hires Gregg Wallis as next head coach

Jul 8, 2022, 4:25 PM

The GCU team before a baseball game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Grand Canyon Lopes o...

The GCU team before a baseball game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Grand Canyon Lopes on April 5, 2022, at GCU Ballpark, AZ. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Grand Canyon has found its next baseball coach.

The program announced the hiring of Gregg Wallis on Friday, taking over for Andy Stankiewics, who left for the USC job last Sunday.

“Grand Canyon University is home,” Wallis said in a press release. “I can’t thank president Brian Mueller and (VP of athletics) Jamie Boggs enough for the opportunity to be the head baseball coach. Coach (Andy) Stankiewicz left the program in a really strong place, and I’m excited about the challenge of continuing to push GCU Baseball forward.”

Wallis had spent the past nine years as a GCU assistant coach before leaving after the conclusion of the 2022 season to be an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ohio State.

“After an extensive national search, we are excited to welcome Gregg Wallis back to the GCU family,” GCU VP of athletics Jamie Boggs said in a release. “In addition to being known as one of the premier recruiters in the country, Gregg impressed us with his vision and strategic plan to take our already nationally competitive program to the next level.

“He has been to Omaha with two different programs, is a relentless worker, an outstanding community and relationship builder, and has tremendous passion for GCU. We are excited for the future of GCU Baseball with Coach Wallis at the helm.”

Before joining the Lopes in 2014, Wallis coached at his alma mater UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Tennessee.

“Gregg Wallis is the right man for the job,” Stankiewicz said in a release. “I am so excited to hear that he will be leading GCU Baseball.

“First and foremost, he is a relationship builder. He cares about his players and will teach them baseball, but more importantly he will show them how to be a team. GCU Baseball is in great hands.”

Wallis has already began filling out his staff, too, hiring Nathan Bannister as a pitching coach.

Bannister joins GCU after serving as a pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners and Modesto Nuts.

“I’m thrilled to join GCU,” Bannister said in a release. “The program has been on the rise and it’s time to take the next step. I’m excited to join coach Wallis on his staff to develop players and compete for championships. Lopes up.”

Grand Canyon University

Tyon Grant-Foster...

Nick Borgia

GCU’s Tyon Grant-Foster enters 2024 NBA Draft, per report

Grand Canyon's Tyon Grant-Foster, who was the 2023-24 WAC Player of the Year, will enter the 2024 NBA Draft, per Shams Charania.

5 days ago

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley and assistant Jermaine Kimbrough...

Arizona Sports

Grand Canyon hires Bobby Hurley’s top Arizona State assistant, Jermaine Kimbrough

Arizona State assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough has departed Bobby Hurley's staff and joined nearby Grand Canyon head coach Bryce Drew.

8 days ago

South Carolina celebrates winning an NCAA Championship...

Associated Press

NCAA women’s title between South Carolina, Iowa was most-watched hoops game in 5 years

South Carolina's victory over Iowa in the women's NCAA championship game had a preliminary audience average of 18.7 million on ABC and ESPN.

12 days ago

Caitlin Clark and members of the Iowa women's basketball team celebrate their Final Four win over U...

Associated Press

Caitlin Clark leads Iowa rally for win over UConn in women’s Final Four

Caitlin Clark scored 21 points and made three big 3-pointers in the second half to rally Iowa past Paige Bueckers and UConn, 71-69.

15 days ago

Gabe McGlothan...

Arizona Sports

College Slam Dunk and 3-Point contests at GCU include Gabe McGlothan, Arizona’s Keshad Johnson

Grand Canyon will host the 2024 College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships. GCU's Gabe McGlothan and Arizona's Keshad Johnson will compete.

18 days ago

Bryce Drew reacts during a game...

Tyler Drake

Grand Canyon using NCAA Tournament run as springboard for next year

It was another year of forward progress for the Grand Canyon men's basketball team led by head coach Bryce Drew.

21 days ago

GCU baseball hires Gregg Wallis as next head coach