2010 Baseball Coaches
Head Coach - 9th Season
Brad Warnimont enters his 9th season as the head coach at the University of Rio Grande. In his previous eight seasons the RedStorm have been to the regional tournament six of those eight years. In Warnimont's 20-year college coaching career he is just five wins away from 500 victories.
Warnimont attributes that success to the aggressive style of play and putting constant pressure on the defense by stealing bases. The University of Rio Grande has led the region in stolen bases six times and is among the best in the nation at the NAIA level in stealing bases.
Aggressive is exactly the way to describe Warnimont's approach and past history. In his previous coaching positions at Ashland University and Salem International, Warnimont's teams re-wrote the team and individual school record books. In 1995, he guided Ashland to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. Warnimont accomplished that feat in just five short years at Ashland.
Warnimont is highly respected on the regional and national level. He has served on numerous national committees, including the Regional Selection Committee and the All-American Committee for the North Atlantic Region and North Central Region.
Before coming to Rio, he guided Salem to a tournament appearance in 1998. Warnimont spent seven years at Ashland where he totaled 167 wins including a conference championship, a regional championship, and a trip to the Division II World Series. Prior to Ashland, Warnimont began his head coaching career at Bethany College, where he led the Bison to a share of the conference title in 1989. Warnimont also served as an assistant coach at Ohio State where he worked as a graduate assistant. He was also an assistant coach at Capital University and Cornell University. While at Cornell, Warnimont worked with Hall of Fame Coach Ted Thoren. Warnimont also coached with Thoren in 1996 as the two coached the Austrian National Team in the "B" Pool tournament in Hull, England where the country had its best finish ever; that being fourth.
Warnimont earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1986 from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was All-Conference in both baseball and football, earning seven letters. In baseball, Warnimont still holds records for most home runs in a game (3) and most runs scored in a game (6). He and his wife, Sue, reside in Rio Grande with their two sons, Caleb and Tyler.
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
John Combs in his second season as a member of the RedStorm coaching staff. Combs is no stranger to the program, having played for Coach Warnimont from 2003-06. During his time, Combs played in the outfield and earned the NAIA Champions of Character Award.
After graduating with a degree in Education, Combs returned to his alma mater, Whiteoak High School in Mowrystown, OH, and coached two seasons for the Wildcats.
Combs has also served on the coaching staff for the New Market Rebels in New Market, VA of the prestigious Valley Baseball League. Coach Combs is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Education.
He is a native of Hillsboro, OH and currently resides in Rio Grande.
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Nate Chau is in second season as a member of the RedStorm coaching staff. Last year he served as a student assistant. Chau played outfield and pitcher for Rio Grande from 2004-2007. He finished his playing career in 2007 earning 2nd team all-conference honors as a pitcher.
In 2006, Chau was named the male athlete of the year at the University of Rio Grande for being named NAIA honorable mention All-American as an outfielder.
Chau is the only player in American Mideast Conference history to be named 1st team all-conference at two positions; as a pitcher and outfielder in the same season.
He is a native of Lockbourne, OH and currently resides in Rio Grande.