Craig Rainey '89 is entering his 27th season as the head baseball coach at Adrian College in 2020. 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 2019 campaign saw Adrian extend its MIAA record of 11 conference championships in a row with a 24-4 record in MIAA play and the Bulldogs won the MIAA Tournament for the seventh time since it was introduced in 2012. The Bulldogs finished 37-9 overall and No. 25 in the final American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national rankings. Adrian played host to the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional for the second year in a row and third time since 2009, and were the regional runner-up for the first time in five years
The team established or tied school records for regular season wins (AC also had 32 in 2012), overall victories (2012 squad also had 37), fewest losses in a 40-game season and best winning percentage (.804). In addition, Adrian had its fewest losses since going 12-8 in 1975.
- Compiled a career record of 691-422 for a .621 winning percentage--all at the school. He is the winningest coach in MIAA history.
- MIAA record is 475-173 (.733).
- 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 11 consecutive MIAA championships to break the conference record set by Alma College from 1951 to 1958. The Bulldogs have won or shared 13 of the last 15 MIAA championships.
- Won 14 conference championships overall, including regular-season titles in 2005 and '06.
- Captured the first four MIAA tournament crowns (2012-15) and seven overall.
- Has guided program to 12 consecutive 30-win seasons, including a school-record 37 wins in 2012 and matched in 2019. The team has also had 16 winning seasons in a row under Rainey.
- All 13 NCAA tournament appearances (2005-06, 2008-15-17-18-19) in school history have occurred with Rainey at the helm. Twenty-two NCAA wins (against 27 losses) and 13 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 11 student-athletes to 21 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 45 all-region performers and 78 first-team All-MIAA players.
- Produced 14 conference players of the year and 10 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 2014-18 with Holden Branch, Eric Schmidt and Tommy Parsons (3x).
- 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 (2009-10), Dorow (2014, '16-17) and Tommy Parsons (2017-18) are the only Bulldogs chosen All-American in multiple years.
- Ryan Domschot (D3Baseball.com, 2009), Cowart (ABCA, 2009), Ian Mikowski (D3Baseball.com, 2017) and Parsons (ABCA, 2018) are the only first-team All-Americans in team history.
- Dorow was a Major League Baseball draft pick (Texas Rangers, 30th Round) in 2017, while Parsons was an Appalachian League All-Star at Johnson City (St. Louis Cardinals) as undrafted free agent in 2018.
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.
- Resides in Adrian with his two children, Gunner and Kia.
The Rainey Career Record at Adrian