Coaching Staff

Chris Vito - Head Coach

Chris Vito enters his third season head baseball coach at Mesabi Range College. His 2017 Norse team won 17 games and appeared in the Region XIII playoffs where they went 1-2.

The native of Eveleth, Minn. arrived at MRC after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Coach Vito was the head baseball coach at the University of Minnesota Crookston for seven seasons from the fall of 2007 to the spring of 2014. He also served as assistant sports information director and taught American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response courses.

Coach Vito had the privilege of guiding a team of collegiate athletes in Europe for USA Athletes International from July 19-27, 2009. The team went 5-1in Amsterdam, Belgium and France including a second place finish at the prestigious Rouen 76 Tournament in Rouen, France. He also served on the sports information staff at the 2009 American Legion World Series in Fargo, N.D.

Coach Vito served as an assistant coach at MRC in 2007. He helped guide the Norse to a 25-12 overall record as well as a third place finish in the Minnesota Community College Conference State Tournament and a fourth place finish in the Region XIII Tournament.

Coach Vito coached at the University of Wisconsin-Superior from the fall of 1999 until the spring of 2006. He served as head baseball coach his last three seasons. He also taught in the UW-Superior Health and Human Performance Department from 2000-2007 and served as Sports Information Director from 2000-2004. Prior to that, Coach Vito was a graduate assistant baseball coach at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. from 1997 to 1999. He also served as an administrative assistant within the NDSU Athletic Department.

Coach Vito also coached in Hibbing, Minn. for seven seasons where he served as an assistant coach with the high school, American Legion, and VFW Baseball programs. He also coached VFW and American Legion Baseball in Mountain Iron, Minn. and Babe Ruth and VFW Baseball in Eveleth, Minn.

A 1991 graduate of Eveleth-Gilbert High School, Coach Vito received an Associate of Arts Degree from Mesabi Range College in 1993 and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1995. He received a Master's of Education Degree with an Athletic Administration Emphasis from North Dakota State University in 1999.

Coach Vito serves as the Perkins Coordinator and PSEO Academic Advisor at MRC. He also is the advisor of the MRC Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Dave Kunz - Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Dave Kunz brings over 20 years of baseball coaching experience to the Mesabi Range College program. Coach Kunz gained his baseball experience playing and coaching in New Ulm, MN and as a student manager at the University of Minnesota. Coach Kunz has played and coached at all levels from t-ball to high school and has also played college and amateur baseball. He was the head coach of New Ulm Legion Gold baseball team for ten seasons. His stint included eight state tournaments and two regional appearances. Coach Kunz is a member of the New Ulm American Legion Hall of Fame. He currently teaches in the Eveleth-Gilbert School District.