Mike Grahovac enters his sixth season as head coach for Concordia Irvine after a successful 2013 season, where the Eagles advanced to the NAIA Opening Round for the third-straight season and won 30+ games for the third-straight year with a 35-21 record.
In 2012 the Eagles won their second consecutive GSAC Tournament Championship, advanced to the NAIA Opening Round as the #1 seed and finished with a 38-18, 22-10 GSAC record.
In five years at the program's helm, Grahovac's teams have combined to go 165-108. His 2012 squad set records in doubles (124) and triples (29) and his 2013 team set the record in double plays (53). Grahovac was the 2011 NAIA Coach of the Year. He is currently second all-time at the school in wins and first in winning percentage (.604).
He has coached one NAIA All-American, five All-Tournament members, one World Series MVP, one Charles Berry Hustle Award winner, eight GSAC Gold Glove winners, 11 All-GSAC honorees, and his 2011 squad were selected the Hank Burbridge Champions of Character award winners.
Grahovac's most successful season came in 2011 when the Eagles won their first-ever NAIA National Championship. He guided his 2011 squad to a program-best 43-19 record, finishing with a 12-1 mark in postseason play and winning 25 of its last 28 contests overall. They made their first-ever trip to the NAIA Opening Round, where they went 3-0.
Grahovac, who directly oversees the Concordia pitching staff, has seen six of his players sign with MLB teams.
In Grahovac's previous coaching stint (2006-08), he led local prep power Orange Lutheran to a Trinity League title in 2008. Grahovac and the Orange Lutheran program produced a total of five players who were drafted by MLB teams.
The most notable draftee was Gerrit Cole, the top pick by the New York Yankees in 2008 and the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburg Pirates after he played three years at UCLA.
Grahovac had previously served as an assistant coach at Orange Coast Community College from 1992-98 and worked in law enforcement before returning to the diamond in 2006.
While he was on staff at Orange Coast, Grahovac spent the summer of 1996 as an assistant coach for the Alaska Goldpanners of the prestigious summer Alaska League, where he coached future major leaguers Michael Young, Jason Phillips and Jason Lane.
As a player, Grahovac was selected as a catcher in the fourth round of the 1989 draft by the San Francisco Giants, but sustained a career-ending injury in the minor leagues. Before being drafted, Grahovac earned a pair of All-Conference honors while playing for Chapman.
Grahovac earned his undergraduate degree in movement and exercise science from Chapman in 1992, and completed his master's degree in education at Azusa Pacific in 1996.
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