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.
Eighth season at Iowa. Fourth season as associate head coach. Serves as Iowa’s recruiting coordinator.
In his seven years at Iowa, Sutherland has helped guide the Hawkeyes to 214 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 six All-America, five all-region, and 24 All-Big Ten selections. Twenty-one players have had their names called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft — the most in a six-year stretch in program history.
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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Third season at Iowa. Pitching coach.
Coach Robin Lund is in his second season as the Hawkeyes’ pitching coach after working with hitters and outfielders during his first season.
Lund has a teaching background. Prior to Iowa, he was an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UNI from 2002-2018. Lund taught classes on mechanics, anatomy, statistics, and research methods. His primary research focus was on improving athletic performance.
Lund is no stranger to coaching. He served as UNI softball’s volunteer hitting coach in 2018. He has also had strength and conditioning gigs at several places, including a stint under Coach Heller at UNI in 2005-06.
Lund’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 anayltical trends with Hittrax, Rapsodo, and Blast Sensor.
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Second season at Iowa. Volunteer assistant. Hitting coach. Player under Coach Heller from 2013-16.
A three-year starter at Iowa under Coach Heller from 2013-16, Frankos rejoined the Iowa baseball program as a volunteer assistant in 2019. As a player, Frankos caught behind the dish, was a team captain, and held a .270 career batting average.
Most notably, Frankos helped lead Iowa to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 and its first NCAA Regional win since 1972. The Hawkeyes’ 41 wins in 2015 were the second most in a single season in program history.
Frankos’ winning pedigree landed him a coaching beginning at Heartland (Illinois) Community College in 2017. After his first two seasons as an assistant coach, Frankos was promoted to head coach in 2019, leading the Hawks to a 34-20 record.
Frankos also got the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s top hitters as hitting coach of the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Summer League.
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Third Season at Iowa. Director of Player Development. Retired MLB pitcher.
Following a 12-year Major League Baseball career with six different teams, Gorzelanny joined the Iowa Baseball program as the Hawkeyes’ volunteer assistant and pitching coach in 2019. Gorzelanny has since transition into a director of player development role.
With over 300 appearances and over 100 starts in the Big League, Gorzelanny brings a complete baseball background to the Iowa Baseball program.
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Fourth 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 year. He coached 45 players that went on to play Division I baseball and nine that were MLB Draft picks.
In college, Ungs played under Coach 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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