Grand Valley State Baseball Camps
Cody Grice enters his first season as a full-time assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, but his fifth overall in the Laker baseball program. Grice, who is heavily involved in several off-season duties with the program, is responsible for coaching defense, bunting and base running.
Grice, a former Laker, returns to GVSU after four-year career in the professional baseball minor leagues. Most recently, he enjoyed a 61-game stint with the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League, which is at the A (Advanced) level. In his 188 at bats with the Yankees, Grice tallied 35 hits and 45 total bases.
Part of his 2013 season was with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the AAA level and the Trenton Thunder of the AA's Eastern League. The year prior, with the Charleston RiverDogs at the A (Full) level, Grice hit .212 and toted a .264 on-base percentage.
Grice's start in the minor leagues came after he was selected in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the New York Yankees. His minor league career began with a one-year stint as a member of the Staten Island Yankees, where he hit .241 and got on base at a .341 clip. In 166 at bats, Grice amassed 40 hits, including seven extra-base hits, 18 walks and 23 runs batted in.
In his three years with at GVSU, Grice collected numerous honors. As a junior, he was named the National College Baseball Writers Association, Daktronics, Inc. and American Baseball Coaches Association Midwest Region Player of the Year. A two-time ABCA and NCBWA All-Midwest Region First Team honoree, Grice holds the school record for highest career batting average (.418) and totaled 142 RBI, 170 runs, 42 doubles, 12 triples, 15 home runs and 68 walks. The three-time All-GLIAC First Team selection and 2009 GLIAC Freshman of the Year carried a career .492 on-base percentage as well. In 2010, Grice set single-season school records for highest batting average (.455) and hits (100), which led to him being named a semifinalist for the inaugural Tino Martinez Player of the Year Award.
A native of DeWitt, Michigan, Grice prepped at DeWitt High School, where he hit .375 and struck out just four times in 104 at bats as a senior, leading to an all-district laurel. He was a two-time all-conference and all-academic selection, too.
Jon Newman begins his first year with the Grand Valley State baseball program after spending the 2017-18 campaign as an assistant coach at Central Michigan University. In addition to being the first-base coach on game day for the Lakers, Newman will coach the catchers and coordinate all GVSU Laker Baseball Camps.
Newman was a four-year performer (2012-2106) at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University where he earned All-Crossroads League honors for the back-to-back league champions in 2014 and 2015. Newman also earned Crossroads League academic plaudits. After graduating from Spring Arbor he spent one year as a student assistant baseball coach in the program.
Sam Riggleman is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Lakers and will work primarily with the pitchers. Riggleman joins the GVSU staff after a two-year hiatus from coaching after retiring from Spring Arbor University (Mich.) in 2016.
Riggleman, who has been inducted into five Hall of Fame's for his baseball accomplishments, retired from Spring Arbor University in 2016 after an illustrious 40-year coaching career in which he recorded a career record of 1,023-661-2 at six college institutions. He guided Dallas Baptist to the 2000 and 2001 NAIA World Series, before taking Spring Arbor to the 2007 NAIA World Series title game. SAU, which posted a 48-5 record, including a 36-game winning streak during that 2007 campaign, also advanced to the 2008 NAIA World Series. Riggleman was named NAIA National Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2007) during his coaching career. Throughout his career Riggleman has coached several major league players, including Tim Belcher who was selected first overall in the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft.
In addition to his tenure at Spring Arbor where he tallied a record of 377-212, Riggleman coached at John Wesley College (42-46), Mt. Vernon Nazarene (226-144), Southern Illinois University (81-115-1), Bethel College (176-86) and Dallas Baptist (121-58-1).