Yacinich Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame
Lou Yacinich, who has compiled a 1094-797 record in 36 seasons as Grand View’s baseball coach, was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame Friday, January 7th, at the ABCA Convention in the in the Governor's Ballroom of the Nashville Opryland Hotel.
Yacinich was one of six members of the ABCA’s Class of 2011, which included Jim Hall, Lockport H.S. (IL); Marc Johnson, Cherry Creek H.S. (CO); Mike Sheppard, Seton Hall University; Harry Tholen, Santa Fe College; and Gary Ward, Oklahoma State University.
"Lou has spent many years teaching the game of baseball to countless young men. Being inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame is a tribute to his lifelong passion. To be selected by his peers for this most prestigious honor validates his impact on those who have played, coached or been influenced by Lou through the sport of baseball," said Grand View Director of Athletics Troy Plummer.
The induction is just of many honors bestowed upon Yacinich, who is a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame and the Grand View Athletic Hall of Fame.
"I am very honored and humbled by this award presented to me by my peers at the ABCA and baseball coaches of all levels. It is a testament to Grand View University and all of the players that have played for me over the years," Yacinich said.
In his 36 years at Grand View, Yacinich’s teams have claimed seven district titles, six Midwest Collegiate Conference titles, four area championships, a regional championship, and have participated in the NAIA World Series three times. Yacinich has collected 20 various Coach of the Year awards.
In November of 1994, he served as Trial Coach in Homestead, FL, for selection of the 1996 USA Baseball Team.
Many of Yacinich’s former players moved on to sign professional contracts, including Lowell Jacobson (’74 – New York Mets), Mark Zeratsky (’88 – New York Yankees), Mark Ohlms (88’ – Colorado Rockies), Dave Solseth (’89 – Kansas City Royals), Joe Barbeln (’92 – Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Reynolds (’95 Texas Rangers), Dave Burkholder (’01 – Colorado Rockies), Ben Fjelland (’01 – Rockford (Independent) ), Derek Brant (’04 – Philadelphia Phillies), and Julian Serrano (’04 – Chicago Cubs).
Throughout his career, Yacinich has given plenty back to the sport, having served as the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Association Board of Directors secretary and 2nd vice-president. He is currently the 1st vice-president and will take over as the president of the Board of Directors in 2012.
Yacinich served as the Director of Athletics at Grand View for 18 years and is currently the Director of Athletic Advancement. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he and his wife, Judy, have raised three grown children, all Grand View graduates, and have nine grandchildren. His sons Lou Jr. and Pat both played baseball for their father at Grand View. All of Yacinich’s children and grandchildren were in attendance of the induction, as well as Plummer and assistant coaches Jim Hallman and Doug Brinker; both who were players for Yacinich.