Desi Druschel is entering his second season as the University of Iowa baseball program's director of baseball operations and director of Iowa baseball camps.
In his first season in Iowa City, Druschel helped lead the Hawkeyes to one of their best seasons in program history. Iowa won 41 games -- the second-most all-time -- and earned an at-large berth into NCAA Regional play for the first time since 1990. Iowa won two games at the Springfield Regional for their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1972. The Hawkeyes finished in the final national rankings for the first time in school history, coming in at No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball, 25th by Baseball America, and 28th by the NCBWA.
Iowa had three All-America and a school-record six All-Big Ten selections, and five players had their names called in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Blake Hickman, who was the program's highest draftee since 1999.
Before joining the Iowa coaching staff, Druschel won 172 games, advanced to a pair of NAIA Region VII Tournaments and posted two conference runner-up and two third-place finishes as head coach at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from 2006-14. 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.