Stein Rear recently finished his sixth season as head coach at Carroll University. In his short tenure with the Pios, Coach Rear has already become the most successful coach in program history, achieving the mark with a 10-2 victory over Wheaton College on April 28th, 2018.
2018 was a banner year for the Pioneers. Carroll set the new program record for wins in a season with 22, surpassing the old mark of 19 set in 2001. Coach Rear also recorded his 100th career victory early in the year with a 10-6 win over Augsburg on March 16th in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2017, the Pioneer program returned to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) after 24 years. Their return was marked with success as they knocked off a top 15 ranked opponent for the first time in team history on April 1st in a 9-7 victory at Augustana, who was ranked 15 by D3Baseball at the time. They also defeated North Central College 17-7 on April 15th. North Central would go on to win the CCIW and advance to the NCAA DIII College World Series and finish 5th in the final D3Baseball poll.
Pioneer baseball also has a proud tradition of academic excellence. On average, nearly 50% of the roster has achieved academic all-conference recognition as the Pios have finished with a team GPA of 3.2 in 2016, 3.21 in 2017 and 3.19 in 2018. The American Baseball Coaches Association honored Carroll for their achievements in the classroom as they were awarded the ABCA Academic Excellence Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Rear joined the Pios following a three-year stint as head coach at Northland College, an NCAA Division III member in Ashland, Wis., that competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).
During his time at Northland, Rear lead the LumberJacks to back-to-back UMAC tournament berths in 2012 and 2013 while leading the Jacks to their first winning season in nearly a decade. Prior to his arrival Northland had not qualified for the post-season tournament since the UMAC went to a four-team format.
Prior to his appointment at Northland, Rear was an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2006-2010. During his five-year tenure, the Warhawks were 169-66 (.719 winning %). In that span they won four WIAC championships, appeared in three NCAA regionals, advancing to the College World Series in 2008. While at UW-Whitewater, Rear would coach eight players who would go on to sign contracts to play professional baseball.
Coach Rear also served as the head baseball coach at his high school alma mater, New Glarus (WI) for five seasons. He took over a program that had won only three games in the prior two seasons, turning them into a conference contender before leaving to complete his graduate degree at Whitewater.
During his playing career, Rear was a catcher at UW-Whitewater where he received his undergraduate degree in physical education in 1998, as well as his master’s degree in physical education and coaching in 2007.
Coach Rear and his wife Sara reside in Waukesha and have two daughters, Bryn (11) and Adalyn (10) and a son Ivan (6).