2017-18 Harrier Baseball Team
Baseball player catching ball thrown to first base.
Panoramic photo of coach batting to Harrier players before game
Baseball players give each other high fives to celebrate after game.

Baseball Coaching Staff

Darrel Grissom

Darrel Grissom

Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Alma Mater : Talawanda High School
Experience: 19th Season
Graduated: 1974

Darrel Grissom is the current Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations for the Miami University Hamilton Harriers. Coach Grissom is entering his 19th Season leading the Harriers. Under Grissom's guidance. MUH has won 16 of 18 conference championships, 16 of 18 conference tournaments and has averaged more than 30 wins a year. The program has had unparalleled success during that span. During Coach Grissom's coaching career, he has compiled a record of 595 wins to 292 losses and 1 tie over 18 full seasons as Head Coach. Through Grissom's 17 years at the helm, the Harriers have become one of the most dominant collegiate baseball teams in the state of Ohio.

Coach Grissom has also been very active in the summer, coaching Cincinnati Morgenroth, who won both regional and state championships between the years of 1996-1998. In 1998, Grissom led Morgenroth to the Dizzy Dean World Series Championship. Also, to Grissom's credit, Morgenroth placed 2nd in 2003, 2004, and 2005 at the Hap Dumont World Series. Other accomplishments include: 3rd place at the CABA Gold World Series in 2006. 1st place finishes at the USA All-Star World Series in the 17 and the18 year old divisions in 2007, and a 5th place finish at the Premier World Series one of the top World Series events in the nation. Grissom has also had the pleasure of coaching Diamond Baseball Academy in 2001 and coaching Team Ohio in 2006 and 2007.

In 2009, Grissom set out on a new baseball venture, co-founding the Hamilton Joes of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL). The Great Lakes league is one of only eight summer collegiate wood-bat leagues in the U.S. sanctioned by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB). It is funded in part by Major League Baseball and consists of MLB draft prospects from around the nation. As the inaugural head coach of the Joes, Darrel had the opportunity of working with fine athletes from various different levels of college baseball. In 2010, the Joes completed just their second season by winning the GLSCL Championship and finishing with a 12th overall national ranking. In 2013, Grissom took on a new role with the Joes as the organization's General Manager. His son and former player, Adam Grissom, is now the Head Coach for the Joes.

In 2016 the Hamilton Joes won the (GLSCL) Championship for the second time. They finished the year ranked 24th in the nation for collegiate summer baseball. Since 2009, the Hamilton Joes have had 35 players signed to professional contracts. Currently there are 3 Joes alumni playing in Major League Baseball (Brent Suter, Matt Marksberry & Ryan Rua.)

Off the field, Darrel is married to his loving wife Jill of 40 years and has three children, Amy Baker, Niki Hudson, and Adam. Darrel also has eight lovely grandchildren that love to call him "paw paw".

Contact information: grissodl@MiamiOH.edu | 513-659-0746

Eric Minshall

Eric Minshall

Position: Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Alma Mater : Moeller High School
Experience: 5h Season
Graduated: 1992

Eric Minshall enters his fifth season with the Harriers coaching staff.  Coach Minshall was promoted to Associate Head Coach at the conclusion of the 2017 season and also serves as the program’s Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Coach Minshall has helped the Harriers to 137 wins over the last four seasons.  The pitching staff has had an overall ERA of 4.30 and has led every major pitching category in the ORCC conference in that same span. Since serving as recruiting coordinator, Coach Minshall has brought in three of the strongest recruiting classes in Harrier history.   

The 2017 Harriers pitching staff led the way to another ORCC championship. (Back to back)  The 2017 pitching staff threw a “no hitter” against USCAA Wright State Lake, accompanied by a one hit game earlier in the season in conference play. The Harrier staff collected 11 shutouts during the 52 game campaign.

Coach Minshall comes to the Harriers after spending 20 years in the coaching ranks. Coach Minshall is widely recognized as one of the best pitching coaches in the Ohio Valley region.  He has been recognized as one of the best recruiting coordinators in the Midwest by his peers. Coach Minshall also serves as the President and Director of Baseball Operations for the Southern Ohio Elite.

Since 2000 Coach Minshall has had seventeen players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including two first round picks. Six of his former players have pitched in the Major Leagues with an additional four pitching in professional baseball today. Coach Minshall has also assisted over 100 players in receiving athletic scholarships to play collegiate baseball through his work in local summer baseball programs.  Coach Minshall is a proud graduate of the Texas Baseball Ranch where he returns each December to work with ranch staff.  

Coach Minshall resides in West Chester, Ohio with his three children, Madison, Alex, and Ava.

Contact information: minshaec@miamioh.edu or please call (513)289-3295

Ross Tonyan

Ross Tonyan

Position: Outfield and Infield Coach
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI
Alma Mater: Findlay University
Experience: First Season. 3rd overall

Ross Tonyan enters his first season with the Harriers coaching staff, where
he will serve as the programs Outfield and Infield coach. He will also play
a vital role in assisting coach Minshall with recruiting. Coach Tonyan has
spent the past two years as a College Scout with National Scouting Report
and spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at The University of
Findlay. Coach Tonyan started his playing career as the short stop at Lake
Orion High School in Michigan, where he lead his team to the 2007 State
Championship. He continued his playing career at The University of Findlay
where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Master of
Business Administration.

Keegan Burney 

Keegan Burney 

Position: Assistant Pitching Coach
Hometown: Maysville, KY
Alma Mater: Lindsey Wilson
Experience: First season

Keegan Burney enters his first season with the Harriers coaching staff, where he will serve as the programs assistant pitching coach. Coach Burney has spent the past two years as a pitching coach for Mason County High School in Maysville, Kentucky. Coach Burney started his playing career as an outfielder and pitcher for Dixie Heights High School in Northern Kentucky, where he was a part of a regional runner-up team that set the single-season record for most wins in a season (30-9). He continued his playing career at Thomas More College, where he was a part of the PAC Conference championship and NCAA Regional Semi-Finalist team in 2011. After his freshman season, Coach Burney transferred to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. During his time there, the program claimed its first Mid South Conference tournament championship and made appearances in the NAIA Opening Round and World Series. Coach Burney earned his Bachelors degree in Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management from Lindsey Wilson College in 2015.