Dan Gratz begins his second season as the NIACC head softball coach.
NIACC was 19-30 in Gratz's first season in 2018. Gratz coached three all-NJCAA Region XI performers in 2018 (Morgan Thesing-Ritter, Shelby Low and Kaci Sherwood).
Gratz was the Director of Softball Operations at the University of Iowa before accepting his new position at NIACC.
Gratz, who also will be an Industrial and Agriculture academic advisor at NIACC.
Prior to being at the University of Iowa, Gratz was an assistant softball coach at John Wood Community College in 2016 and was the head softball coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy from 2014-2016.
Gratz was 92-32 in three seasons at Kennedy and was the Class 5A coach of the year in 2016. Kennedy was 27-14 in 2014, 28-13 in 2015 and 37-5 in 2016.
Gratz, who wrestled at Cornell College, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College in 2012 and received a Master’s in Business degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2016.