Grant Bellak hasd joined Hanover College’s athletic department as head coach of the baseball program.
Bellak comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Franklin College. He was also the co-coordinator of Franklin’s campus wellness program and a lecturer for the physical education department.
During his recent coaching stint, Bellak helped guide the Grizzlies to a 170-115 overall record, four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament appearances, two HCAC tournament finals appearances and one regular season title and conference tournament championship. He also helped Franklin post an NCAA Division III national tournament appearance and set a program record with 39 victories in 2018.
Prior to his time in central Indiana, Bellak was an assistant coach for Concordia University in Chicago. In two years, the Cougars posted a 66-19 overall record and were nationally ranked during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He also spent one season as a student assistant at Webster University (Mo.) in 2009, when the Gorloks posted a 28-15 overall mark, including a 24-0 record in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Overall, with three NCAA Division III institutions, Bellak has been a part of three regular-season conference championships, six conference tournament appearances, three conference tournament finals appearances and one national tournament bid.
Outside of his collegiate coaching experience, Bellak has been an associate head coach for the Indianapolis Pony Express Travel Baseball Club since 2011. He also spent one year as the head coach of the Dubois County Bombers of the Prospect League, an elite wooden-bat summer league for collegiate players. During his summer coaching experience, he has had the opportunity to work with multiple NCAA Division I athletes and Major League Baseball draft picks.
Bellak played two seasons at Waubonsee Community College where he finished sixth in stolen bases in the National Junior College Athletic Association during his sophomore year. He played his final two collegiate season at Webster. During his time on the squad, the Gorloks went 36-6 in SLIAC play and participated in two NCAA Division III regionals.
A native of Big Rock, Ill., Bellak graduated from Webster in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. He went on to add a master's degree in leadership and management from Liberty University (Va.) in 2013.