Former UND standout Brian DeVillers begins his eighth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. DeVillers’ primary role is serving as the infield coach, as well as assisting with hitters, acting as the club’s first base coach, and is the recruiting coordinator for the program.
Senior shortstop Kris Kwak set the UND career mark for walks in 2013 in a solid all-around effort by the infield. Patrick Vandoorne made just two errors all season at second base and third baseman Ryan Reese was named to the All-Great West Conference Second Team.
The 2012 edition saw freshman shortstop Tyler Follis bang out 74 hits to break the school's single season record. First baseman Jeff Campbell became the school's first Division I All-America honoree when he took home Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America accolades. Campbell hammered a dozen homers with 47 RBI and a .326 average and was an All-GWC First Teamer. Third baseman Kyle Bolander was a second team honoree.
In 2011, first baseman Jake Magner concluded his career as one of the top defenders in school history. He made only three errors over his past two seasons in 764 chances. Magner also climbed the all-time charts in career home runs (second; 39). DeVillers was also instrumental in the development of sophomore second baseman Kris Kwak, who earned All-Great West second team honors after raising his batting average 143 points from his freshman season.
The 2010 season was another banner one for the UND infielders under DeVillers' tutelage. Shortstop Josh Nelson set the program’s single-season assist record with 168 and second baseman Jabby Bakhit put together the second-highest total with 164. First baseman Jake Magner established himself as the top all-around first baseman in the Great West as he took home first team all-league honors after boasting a .996 fielding percentage (two errors in 453 chances) and setting a single-season school record with 21 home runs.
Nelson broke the assist record he set in 2009 and Magner backed up his all-independent honors as a sophomore with a brilliant campain in the team’s first in Great West play. During the 2008 season, the Fighting Sioux’s last in NCAA Division II, a pair of his infielders took home the only two All-NCC awards on the squad as first baseman Chris Gulsvig and second baseman Jabby Bakhit were both honored.
Prior to joining the UNDx coaching staff he served as the assistant coach at Grand Forks Red River High School from 2004-2007. During his four years there the team made two state tournament appearances.
DeVillers, a former third baseman and graduate of UND with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, was a two-time All-NCC selection (‘01 and ‘03) during his playing days. He ranks in the top 10 in on UND’s all-time list in runs (10th, 127), triples (seventh, 5), home runs (tied for sixth, 31), runs batted in (seventh, 136), total bases (sixth, 297), and walks (sixth, 84).
A Grand Forks native and Red River High School graduate, he was an honorable mention USA Today All-American in 1999. That same year he helped lead the Grand Forks Royals to the State American Legion Championship, while setting single season and career records in home runs and runs batted in, and also being named North Dakota Non-School Athlete of the Year by the North Dakota Associated Press.