Head Baseball Coach
Casey Olney enters his ninth season at VCSU and seventh season as Head Coach. Olney joined the Vikings staff in the fall of 2005 serving as hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, and strength / conditioning coach. In 2007 he became the 8th head baseball coach in VCSU's history.
Under Olney, 20 Vikings have earned all-conference recognition and seven have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Olney, 38, is a native of Flaxton, ND. He attended Cibola H.S. in Yuma, AZ, and graduated from Central College (IA) with a BA in business education. He finished his post secondary education with a 4.0 GPA while earning a masters degree in Sports Pedagogy from NDSU in 2009.
During his playing career Olney was voted a team captain at Central College and received the Central baseball team's Versteeg Award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship. Following his senior season at Central he stayed on with the Dutch as the Head Junior Varsity and Catchers Coach, and was an Assistant Varsity Coach for Pella (IA) High School.
Olney gained his first head coaching experience in Bowbells (ND) with the American Legion program. He also coached youth baseball at the Babe Ruth League level. His Bismarck (ND) Babe Ruth squad won championships at the District, State, and Midwest Plains levels before capturing 3rd place at the Babe Ruth World Series in Van Buren Arkansas.
Coach Olney has also been active in amateur baseball. From 1995-1997 he played with the Sherwood (ND) Yankee's helping them to a Saskota league championship in 1997. In 2007 he was a member of the class AA state champion Enderlin Indies. Olney also helped Valley City found and organize two new amateur baseball teams in 2009, the Saints and Merchants. He was a member of the 2010 Merchants A state championship team, and the 2013 Saints AA state championship team.
Coach Olney is currently the North Star Athletic Association Conference Chair for baseball, President of the Valley City Baseball Association, and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
He resides in Valley City with his Wife Kari and daughter Claire.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Joe Dominiak is in his first year as an assistant coach at Valley City State University. A graduate of Southern Oregon University, Dominiak brings 27 years of coaching experience to VCSU, including 18 years at the collegiate level.
Dominiak will mainly work with pitchers and catchers at VCSU, along with coordinating recruiting efforts.
Prior to joining the VCSU coaching staff, Dominiak most recently worked in Bend, Ore. as Varsity Baseball Coach/Educational Assistant for the Bend Lapine School District.
He spent the majority of his coaching career at St. Martins University, an NCAA Division II school in Lacey, Wash. Dominiak was head coach of St. Martins from 1999-2008. He was also the pitching coach at St. Martins in 2011-12. During his time at St. Martin's, Dominiak helped organize the construction of a new baseball field and became the program's all-time wins leader. At St. Martin's, 12 of Dominiak's players were drafted and signed by Major League Baseball organizations. For eight straight years under Dominiak, St. Martin's was named the Academic All Conference Team by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
In 2000, St. Martin's won the conference championship and took third in the West Coast Regionals. Dominiak helped develop numerous All Conference players, a conference pitcher of the year and a freshman of the year. Dominiak also started a youth baseball camp at St. Martin's, growing it from 32 kids the first year to more than 400 kids in his final year.
After leaving St. Martin's, Dominiak worked for a season as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Washington, where he helped promote camps and clinics.
He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at University of Puget Sound, an NCAA Division III school. He was in charge of hitters and the team set more than 15 individual and team records during his tenure.
Dominiak returned to St. Martin's for the 2011-12 season as pitching coach.
In 2012 and 2013, Dominiak worked as head coach of the Bend Elks Baseball Club – a collegiate wood bat team in Oregon.
Dominiak has coached at nearly every level of baseball during his career including high school, junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division I, II and III. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Dominiak played collegiate baseball at Lewis and Clark State from 1979-82