by Corporate on April 27, 2011
Richard “Dick” Grapenthin has played baseball in the major leagues, coached at the college level, and has spent his life dedicated to his passion for sports. He began his career with MizunoUSA in 2000 as Director of Marketing and led the development and growth of Mizuno Diamond products across all categories. In 2005, Grapenthin became Vice President and General Manager of the Mizuno Diamond Division and is responsible for leading the organization across all product lines and categories including Baseball, Fastpitch Softball, Slowpitch Softball, and Volleyball.
Dick is a graduate of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, where he played baseball and was inducted into the Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame as a coach of the 1986 College World Series baseball team. After graduating, he played professionally for ten years including parts of three years in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos. Following his professional career, Dick served as pitching coach at Clemson University 1990-1991 where he helped guide Clemson to the 1991 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA College World Series in Omaha Nebraska. He continued his education and earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1993.
Dick’s vast knowledge of sports comes both from playing at the highest level in the Major League as well as watching his son and daughters participate in baseball, volleyball and track and field. He loves nothing more than seeing Mizuno gear in use by his own family!