June 26, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Desi Druschel has been named the University of Iowa baseball program’s director of operations and director of Iowa baseball camps, UI head coach Rick Heller announced Thursday. Druschel spent the past nine years as head coach at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“We are excited to have Desi as our new director of baseball operations,” said Heller. “He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the position. Desi is a hard worker who has a great passion for the game. We are all looking forward to having Desi on board.”
During his tenure with the Mustangs, Druschel won 172 games, advanced to a pair of NAIA Region VII Tournaments and posted two conference runner-up and two third-place finishes. He coached three honorable mention All-Americans, 22 all-conference selections and 12 Gold Glove honorees.
Druschel also coached three NAIA Scholar Athletes, three all-region scholar athletes and 33 academic all-conference selections. Druschel initially joined the Mount Mercy staff prior to the 2005 season as an assistant coach before being promoted to the head position a year later.
Druschel has also served as head coach at The Franciscan University (now Ashford University) in Clinton, Iowa, from 2001-04, where he helped the Saints set 45 school records. He also was an assistant at Mount St. Clare College (2000-01), Indiana University (1999-00), and Vinton-Shellsburg (Iowa) High School (1996-2000) during his coaching career.
Druschel, a member of the American Baseball Coaches and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Associations, played baseball and basketball collegiately at Upper Iowa and Mount Mercy from 1994-98.
The Vinton, Iowa, native graduated from Mount Mercy with a bachelor’s degree in management in 1998, and he earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Indiana in 2001. He and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Jace and Halle.