Head Coach Steve Eddie

 

Steve Eddie will begin his 18th season skippering the Beavers in 2018.

Eddie has spent his entire coaching career at BVU and has a career overall record of 397-291-2.  He will enter the 2018 season looking to become the fourth current coach in the IIAC to reach 400 career wins.

The 2017 campaign was the program's ninth straight season with at least 20 wins.  It has combined to go 261-153 during that stretch and has made the Iowa Conference Tournament each year.  Four of those years were 30-win campaigns (2016, 2104, 2011, 2010) with Iowa Conference regular season and tournament championships in two of those (2014 and 2010).

The 2014 squad posted arguably one of the best seasons in program history.  It won a school record 37 games (37-9) and captured both the IIAC regular season and conference tournament championships.  It began the year at 11-1 and posted multiple nine-game winning streaks during the year.  During conference play, it swept four of its six four-game weekend series and led the league in all three statistical categories (hitting, pitching and fielding). Following the year, Eddie was named IIAC Coach of the Year for the third time and was also tabbed Central Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

In 2010, Eddie guided the program to its first regular season Iowa Conference Championship since 1980 and its first-ever IIAC Tournament Championship.  He was then tabbed for the second time as IIAC Coach of the Year. The Beavers made their second tournament championship game in three seasons in 2012.

In addition to its 2014 and 2010 appearances, BVU also advanced into the Central Regional Tournament in 2011 where Eddie guided the program to the regional title, its first-ever NCAA Division III College World Series berth and to a then school-record 34 wins.  He was also named Central Region Coach of the Year.

Following the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Eddie was tabbed the State of Iowa's Four-Year College Baseball Coach of the Year during the annual IHSBCA Awards Banquet.

Overall, Eddie's squads have made 13 conference tournament appearances, including nine straight. His teams have been tough to beat at home as well, posting a 128-79 all-time mark under his guidance, including a stellar 77-31 mark since the team began playing on its synthetic field turf in 2009.  It went 13-1 at home in 2014 and won its final 12 games.

Eddie has coached 78 all-conference players over the last 17 years, including 45 First Team selections. The 2014 team landed a school-record 10 all-conference players, including seven on the first team. He has also coached 29 All-Region selections since 2010 and has had an All-American in five different seasons, including a pair in 2014.

A total of 54 players have also earned Academic All-IIAC accolades over the years for their excellence in the classroom.

Eddie notched his 100th career win in 2007, his 150th triumph in 2009 and his 200th in 2011 before surpassing 250 in 2012.  He then captured the 300th of his career during the team's record-breaking season in 2014 and reached his 350th win during the 2016 season.

A graduate of Albert City-Truesdale, Eddie went onto a playing career at the University of Iowa where he was an infielder on the Big Ten Championship team in 1990. At the conclusion of his college career, Eddie then spent seven seasons in minor league baseball with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. He reached the AAA level for part of the 1999 season with both Indianapolis (Cincinnati) and Charlotte (White Sox) before ending his career with the AA Birmingham Barons (White Sox).

After retiring in September of 1999, Eddie served as an assistant baseball and basketball coach at BVU while finishing his undergraduate degree in Business Management. He later earned his master's degree from Buena Vista.

Steve and his wife Stacey reside in Storm Lake with sons Mark and Jake.