Grant Bellak joined the Franklin College baseball staff as the recruiting coordinator, hitting and infield coach prior to the 2012 season. During the 2011 season, the Grizzlies posted a 31-11 record finishing a half game back of first place and reaching the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Bellak has helped with Nick Stoia and Scott Windler in establishing new school record for career hits. Stoia amassed 232 hits during his four-year career from 2010-13 only to Windler break the mark with 237 hits during the 2014 season.
The 2014 season marked the seventh consecutive appearance for Franklin in the HCAC tournament. Jameson Brock and Windler each earned All-Mideast Region honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2014. Brock set single-season school marks with 76 hits, 186 at bats and tied for the school mark of 19 doubles.
Prior to Franklin, Bellak served as the volunteer assistant at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois from 2010-2011. During Bellak’s two seasons with the Cougars, the team posted a 66-19 record and set the Northern Athletics Conference record for conference wins in a season (20, 2011). Bellak had the opportunity to work directly with an All-American, an ABCA Gold Glove winner and an MLB draft pick. In 2009, Coach Bellak worked as a student assistant at Webster University, helping coach the outfielders and hitters. His time with the Gorloks’ staff included an undefeated conference regular season and the opportunity to work with an All-American.
During the summers of 2009-2011, Bellak coached the Dubois County Bombers of the Prospect League, serving in 2011 as the team’s field manager. While coaching the Bombers he had the opportunity to coach 13 players that went on to play professional baseball, including five draft picks.
Coach Bellak played two seasons at Waubonsee Community College where he finished sixth in the NJCAA in stolen bases during his sophomore year of 2006. Bellak played his final two collegiate seasons at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. During his time there the Gorloks went 36-6 in conference play and participated in two NCAA regionals. In Bellak’s senior year of 2008, Webster came within six outs of going to the NCAA Division III World Series.
Bellak, a native of Big Rock, Illinois, graduated from Webster University St. Louis in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and earned a masters degree in leadership and management from Liberty University in 2013.