Doug Minnis, a pioneer, founder and leader of the Griffon baseball program through its first 30 years passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 90.

Coach Minnis started Missouri Western’s baseball program in 1970 and recorded winning seasons in its first 11 years. During that time, the team qualified for the NAIA District Tournament 10 times including six District 16 Championships. Minnis’ 1975 club advanced to the NAIA World Series. He also was instrumental in leading Griffon Athletics’ transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Minnis retired following the 1999 season after achieving 683 career victories and producing eight Missouri Western Athletics Hall of Fame members along with two of his teams (1971 & 1975).

Following his retirement, Minnis remained active in the athletics department, serving as the officials host for home football and basketball games. He was also active in the Gold Coat Club annual membership drive and the Griffon Athletics Hall of Fame committee.

A plaque commemorating Coach Minnis’ career was dedicated and installed in April 2011 in conjunction of the opening of the Spring Sports Complex on campus.

The career of Coach Minnis has been recognized at the highest level by nine different organizations, including the Griffon Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990, the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame also in 1990, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the St. Joseph Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.