Grafton named Head Coach at University of Dallas

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Former assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator Erik Grafton accepted the head coaching role at the University of Dallas earlier this week. Grafton leaves the program after six seasons with the Patriots where he helped lead the program to four American Southwest Conference Championships.

This past spring, Grafton was part of a magical run that carried the Patriots to the NCAA Division III National Championship. The Patriots won six elimination games before securing a spot in the NCAA Division III National Championship. Grafton and the Patriots faced off with future conference opponent, Texas Lutheran where UT Tyler won back to back games, claiming the program’s first National Championship.

Grafton’s first season with UT Tyler was 2013 where he worked with former head coach Chris Bertrand. Grafton earned a promotion following each of his four seasons with Bertrand.  Grafton continued to serve as the recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator when Brent Porche took over the program in 2017.

Porche commented on Grafton’s hire, “I couldn’t be more proud and excited for Erik and his family. He has truly worked his way from the bottom up here. He is a model of the things we talk to our players about every day, there is no substitute for hard work. He comes to work every day and puts his nose to the grindstone. He has done a tremendous job recruiting these two championship teams in my two years here. He has left some big shoes to fill for the next assistant we hire, definitely raising the bar for that position.”

In his six seasons as recruiting coordinator, Grafton brought in 23 All-Conference players, eight all-region players, and the program’s first All-American since 2013. On the field, Grafton worked with infielders and hitters while coaching third base on game days. Grafton led the 2017 Patriot offense that recorded a team batting average of .321, producing 338 runs for an average of seven-plus runs per game. The 2017 team also recorded a program record, 49 double plays.

Porche added, “Erik will be sorely missed by us all and we wish him the best of luck in his new role. Keep your eye on the University of Dallas, no question in my mind he will find a way to turn that program into a winner.”