High School Baseball: Warriors hire Grams to replace Scearcy as head coach
Trent Grams realizes he's replacing a legend in Minnesota State High School League baseball and he's up for the challenge.
The 42-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd was hired Monday, Aug. 27, as the Brainerd Warriors head baseball coach, replacing Lowell Scearcy who retired in June after 46 years in that role.
Scearcy retired with the second-most wins in MSHSL baseball history. His career mark of 765-325 (.701) trails only Bob Karn of St. Cloud Cathedral, who is 782-306 (.719) coaching the Crusaders.
Grams is only the third head baseball coach in Brainerd since 1947. Kermit Aase and Scearcy were the others.
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- Age: 42
- Teaching position: Fourth grade at Garfield Elementary in Brainerd
- High school graduate: Chisago Lakes
- College: Undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University, masters at Concordia University St. Paul
- Baseball playing experience: Chisago Lakes High School, North Hennepin Community College two years, Concordia University St. Paul two years
- Family: Wife, Jennifer, is the nursing home administrator at Good Samaritan Woodland in Brainerd, son Everett (4), daughter Ava (2.5), daughter Reve (6 months)
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Grams said the biggest part of replacing an icon is maintaining the winning tradition Scearcy established. Scearcy's legacy included two state championships, 19 Central Lakes Conference titles, 11 section championships and 11 trips to the state tournament, where Brainerd finished second in 1996, fourth once and captured two state consolation titles.
"(A winning tradition is) definitely going to be something we hope to continue with the staff we put together here," Grams said. "I don't want to get too caught up in it because I'm different than he is, but I want to try to play the game the right way just like coach Scearcy did."
Grams' baseball coaching experience includes heading the eighth-grade program in Little Falls, head varsity coach at Lester Prairie, assistant at North Branch and head coach of the Chisago Lakes American Legion.
"It's something that I've always wanted to do," Grams said of why he wanted to return as a head baseball coach. "I've done it before at smaller schools. The opportunity I was unaware of until I visited with (Brainerd Activities Director) Charlie Campbell about it.
"I wouldn't know why a baseball guy wouldn't want this job. This is a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to it."
Grams hopes to assemble a staff in the near future.
"It's been discussed," he said. "I have ideas. We have to go through the process of course. Myself and Charlie will sit down with candidates that would like to be part of our program and then we'll try to find a good fit for them.
"I have a few names already that I would like to visit with Charlie about. We'll have to go through the process correctly and professionally to put together the best staff possible."
Campbell said Grams brings a wealth of baseball and coaching experience to the Warrior program. In addition to his previous baseball coaching experience, Grams was formerly head coach of the Little Falls Flyers girls basketball program and was an assistant football coach at Little Falls, Lester Prairie and North Branch.
"Coach Grams played for a Hall of Fame coach (Pat Collins) in high school," Campbell said. "He played collegiately and has coached all levels, including experience as a head coach in baseball and basketball.
"He is an outstanding classroom teacher, a high-energy and enthusiastic coach that supports a multi-sport, multi-activity philosophy for the kids in our program. He is committed to using his influence as a coach to grow and develop the inner lives of Warrior baseball players."
Trent A. Grams resume
To become the leader of the Brainerd Warriors baseball program
Little Falls Community Schools (fall 2012-spring 2018): Head girls varsity basketball coach, eighth-grade head baseball coach, ninth-grade assistant football coach
Lester Prairie Public School (fall 2007-spring 2012): Head varsity baseball coach, assistant varsity football coach, assistant varsity boys basketball coach
North Branch Public Schools (fall 2004-spring 2005): Varsity assistant baseball coach, eighth-grade girls basketball coach, ninth-grade assistant football coach
Ellsworth Public School (fall 2003-spring 2004): Middle school boys basketball coach
Chisago Lakes Area Schools (summer 2000-summer 2003): American Legion baseball head coach
Master of Arts: Educational Leadership, Concordia University, St. Paul (completed spring 2017)
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education, St. Cloud State University (completed spring 2003)