Grewe was introduced at a news conference Monday at Sutton Hall on the Milligan campus.
“This is more of a calling, more of a mission, more of a focus where you can do a lot more than just baseball,” Grewe said. “That’s what I love about this opportunity.”
Grewe replaces Nathan Meade, who resigned to go into private business.
Mark Fox, Milligan’s vice president for athletics and student development, said the job began receiving a lot of interest the moment it became available.
“We had applicants from all levels of collegiate baseball,” Fox said. “It was really kind of overwhelming. When Nathan Meade resigned, he told me ‘You’re going to be surprised at the interest that you have in this position This is not the job it was 12, 15 years ago.’
“Our conference has gotten a lot stronger. It’s probably the best baseball conference in the NAIA now. Milligan has been able to stay the course as far as our mission and our core values and not waver from those, which appeals to a large segment of the coaching profession — the opportunity to compete at the highest level while staying the course and being a faith-based school.”
Grewe became head coach at Michigan State when he was 29 and had a record of 75-85 in three seasons with the Spartans.
“The head coaching experience means you’ve been able to sit in that No. 1 chair, which is so different than the No. 2 chair or the No. 3 chair,” he said. “There’s no training you can have for that.”
He was the associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for LSU from 2008-11. The Tigers won the 2009 College World Series with an 11-4 victory over Texas in the championship game.
“It’s something you’ll never forget,” he said. “It was memorable and it was awesome. One of the biggest regrets that I do have is that I didn’t get to celebrate it much. I was back on the road recruiting the next day.”
He has also coached at Notre Dame, Central Michigan and the University of Chicago and is about to begin putting together his coaching staff at Milligan.
“We want to implement a system where it takes care of itself and we build followers of God, we build great men that graduate and that are proud people here in this community,” Grewe said. “We’re going to embrace the Milligan College mission statement. We’re going to just simply use the baseball program, the baseball field, as a platform like the other coaches do for those sports.”
The 42-year-old Grewe spent the last seven years as a corporate business consultant and college recruiting expert after founding Potential Meets Legacy Sports Leadership Group in 2011. He is a native of Royal Oak, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in sport management. He and his wife, Annie, have six children, ages 4 months to 10 years.