Athletics - Baseball | Hall of Distinction
Dennis Rima is a team player through and through. With his earnest spirit and contagious enthusiasm, Dennis has distinguished himself as "The Ultimate Coach Rima." Rima joined the University of Dubuque faculty and coaching staff in 1989, eventually becoming the Assistant Athletic Director. At UD he coached baseball, cross country, football, and volleyball. In 1994 he was named Iowa Conference Baseball Coach of the Year. He also became the "Voice of the Spartans," as the announcer for home football games, and in 2003, the announcer for home basketball games. He began his professional career as a physical education teacher and coach, winning the state baseball championship for Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa.
Following the success of the movie, Field of Dreams, local baseball players formed a team called the "Ghost Players." Dennis joined the team in 1991 and traveled with the team to events in the Midwest and later across the United States and around the world. He is the head instructor for the Ghost Players youth baseball clinics. He has also appeared in commercials for ESPN, the ESPN special Dreamfield, and does motivational speaking. Teammates and fans alike describe Dennis as a great baseball player and coach as well as a tremendous entertainer.
Rima volunteers in the community as a board member of both the Noon Optimist Club in Dubuque and the American Fundraising Professionals Tri-State Chapter. He and his wife, Julie, have three children; Jude, Kate, and Isaac.
Dennis continues his association with UD as an adjunct professor of Education and the "Voice of the Spartans." Though he is a Loras graduate, Dennis has been quoted as saying, "I bleed bue and white blood! Love those Spartans!"