Meet the Pioneers...

Eric Frese
Position: Head Coach
Office Phone: 608-342-1843

In 2010, Eric Frese led UW-Platteville to a place the Pioneer program had not been since 1966 when he guided UWP to third place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His team made the WIAC playoffs for just the second time ever, joining the 2005 squad.

The Pioneers set or tied 28 school records, including the number of wins. UWP was 22-20, tying the school mark for victories. Including a 21-19 record in 2009, the Pioneers achieved back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time-ever.

The Pioneers unleashed a potent offense in 2010, breaking or tying 25 offensive records alone. The club produced 17 games of 10 or more runs, three of 20 or more and one of 32. The Pioneers hit a club-record 47 home runs, including 15 in a doubleheader sweep at Carroll College. They also won five games on walk-off hits.

2010 Walk-Off Wins

UW-Platteville won five games in the bottom of the last inning in 2010.

  • April 1 - Aaron Hopson hits 3-run HR in bottom of 11th for 15-14 win over Loras
  • April 1 - Aaron Hopson hits 2-run single in bottom of 9th for 11-10 win over Loras
  • April 18 - Derrick Rice hits solo HR in bottom of 9th for 5-4 win over UW-Oshkosh
  • April 24 - Steve Bomkamp hits RBI single, scoring Joe Nartowicz, in bottom of 11th for 11-10 win over UW-Stout
  • April 25 - Wade Axelson hits RBI single, scoring Joe Nartowicz, in bottom of 9th for 11-10 win over UW-Stout

In 2009, the Pioneers beat every Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team at least once, produced its first-ever WIAC Pitcher of the Year in Joe Lange and had two all-Midwest Region players (Lange and Jason Jacobson) for the first time in school history.

Under Frese, the Pioneers have improved their record every season. Overall, Frese has a 75-85-2 record at UW-Platteville and has a 210-286-3 career mark in 12 seasons.

In 2008, the Pioneers were 17-23 that included a 9-5 win over Northern Iowa. The Panthers were coming off wins over Ohio State and Northwestern, but the Pioneers surprised the NCAA Division I club.

Frese guided UW-Platteville to a thrilling season in 2007, his first year at the helm. The Pioneers opened the new Kendall Murray Field with a flourish, beating the University of Dubuque 16-3 on March 27. The Pioneers also staged the highest-scoring WIAC four-game set ever, scoring 48 runs to UW-Whitewater's 44, on the new field. He was an interim coach in 2006-07 and named the full-time coach in July, 2007.

Year Record WIAC
2007 15-23-2 7-15-1
2008 17-23 9-15
2009 21-19 11-13
2010 22-20 11-13
UWP Totals 75-85-2 38-56-1

Frese (pronounced "freeze") was the coach at Clarke College for eight years (1999- 2006), leading the Crusaders to 74 school records, the highest conference finish in school history and the first-ever national ranking.

A member of three state championship teams at Norway, Iowa, Frese earned all-state honors in 1991. His team is also featured in the movie The Final Season. He played collegiately at Mount Mercy, earning all-conference honors in 1995. Frese earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

Prior to coaching at Clarke, Frese assisted at various Iowa high schools, the Red Oak Red Sox, and Porterville (Calif.) Community College. He also served as a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Devils Rays and was the head coach of the Cedar Rapids team that won the state American Legion tournament.