Iowa Baseball Assistant Coaches

A staff that knows the game of baseball inside and out, but each assistant brings a slightly different background and angle to the coaching scene.

Marty Sutherland

Coach Heller's right hand man.

Tenth season at Iowa. Sixth season as associate head coach. Serves as Iowa’s recruiting coordinator.

In nine seasons in Iowa City, Sutherland has helped guide the Hawkeyes to 276 wins, two NCAA Regional appearances, the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history, and two Big Ten runner-up finishes.

He has played a pivotal part in Iowa becoming a player on the national recruiting scene. On the recruiting trail under Sutherland, Iowa has had eleven All-America, eleven all-region, and thirty All-Big Ten selections. Twenty-seven players have had their names called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2015 Iowa owned the best recruiting class in the conference and 18th-best in the country. Iowa’s recruiting class in 2016 ranked third-best in the conference.

Sutherland played and coached under Coach Heller at UNI from 2003-09.

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Sean McGrath

One of the brightest baseball minds.

First season at Iowa. Player Development Analyst and Pitching Coach.

Coach Sean McGrath is in his first season as the Hawkeyes’ pitching coach and player development analyst.

McGrath is no stranger to coaching. Upon graduating from Lafayette College in 2012 after a four-year varsity baseball career, McGrath has held six coaching positions from Prep Baseball Report to professional baseball positions.

In 2022, McGrath was the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners Double-A affiliate the Arkansas Travelers. The Travers put together an ERA of 4.27, ranking second in the Texas League. The staff led the league in three categories: totaling 11 shutouts, a 1.30 WHIP and a .229 batting average against.

McGrath’s bright, analytical mind has added a fresh wrinkle to the Iowa baseball coaching staff. He is up to date on the latest, groundbreaking baseball analytical trends with Hittrax, Rapsodo, and Blast Sensor.

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Mitchell Boe

Former Hawkeye with loads of baseball experience.

First Season at Iowa. Volunteer Assistant and First Base Coach.

Boe joined the Iowa baseball program as the Hawkeyes’ volunteer assistant this season after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Valparaiso. Boe was a team caption during his time as a Hawkeye from 2016-2019.

With 193 career games, tying for the ninth-most all-time as a Hawkeye, Boe brings expertise back to the Iowa Baseball program.

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Nic Ungs

Sixth season. Director of Baseball Operations.

A former 12th-round MLB Draft Pick in 2001, Ungs is in charge of day-to-day operations of the Iowa baseball program. He assists with travel, lodging, meals, budgeting, camps, and everything in between.

Prior to joining Heller’s staff, Ungs worked in information technology and was the pitching coordinator for the Georgia Bombers Baseball Club in Atlanta for nine years. He coached 45 players that went on to play Division I baseball and nine that were MLB Draft picks.

In college, Ungs played under Heller at UNI along with assistant coach Marty Sutherland. Ungs helped the Panthers qualify for the NCAA Regionals in 2001 for the first time in program history.

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