Baseball Coaches

Head Coach

Neil Fiala

Neil Fiala has been head coach at SWIC since 1994. He has 787 wins at SWIC and more than 1,143 wins as a head baseball coach.

Fiala has been named to four halls of fame and two all-time teams. In 2008, he was named manager of the decade for the River City Rascals, which he managed for three seasons. In 2007, he was named to the 50th anniversary All-Time Junior College World Series Team and was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into Vianney High School's first hall of fame class in 1996 and named to the Kiwanis of Southwest St. Louis Hall of Fame in 1989. This past year he was named to the Mon-Clair Baseball Hall of Fame.

His career record at SWIC stands at 787-427. It includes five Great Rivers Athletic Conference championships and five regional championships in 10 championship finals appearances.

During Fiala's tenure at SWIC:

  • 58 players have been named all-conference
  • Five players have been named conference MVP or pitcher of the year
  • Two players have been named conference freshman of the year
  • 43 players have been named all-region
  • Five players have been named region MVP
  • 11 players were All-Americans
  • 177 players have moved on to play baseball at four-year institutions
  • 42 players have signed professional contracts
  • He has been conference coach of the year five times
  • He has been region coach of the year five times

In addition to coaching the Blue Storm, Fiala managed the River City Rascals, a professional independent team in the Frontier League, for three seasons and won a division championship in 2000.  For four seasons he was a coach for the Gateway Grizzlies, which won the Frontier League championship in 2003.

A high school All-American at Vianney HS, Fiala was the MVP of the 1975 Junior College World Series while playing at St. Louis CC at Meramec and in 1977 he was the MVP of the NCAA DI Midwest Regional while playing for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. That team finished 3rd in the College World Series.

He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977 and had one hit in five at bats in the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds in 1981.

 

 

Assistant Coach Justin Lilly

Baseball Office: 618-235-2700, ext. 5371