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University of Northwestern Ohio unveils new field

The University of Northwestern Ohio, an NAIA school located in Lima, Ohio unveiled a new field. Let’s be honest, it is very bright!

Who will be the first Division 1 team to follow this trend? I am taking a guess that it will be the Oregon Ducks.

University of St. Francis head baseball coach Gordie Gillespie

St. Francis Gordie Gillespie Retires after 59 Years

JOLIET, Ill. – After 59 years and a college baseball-best 1,893 coaching victories, University of St. Francis head coach Gordie Gillespie is finally calling it quits.

The coaching legend – who has amassed 2,402 victories in four sports which also included a highly-successful run as football coach at Joliet Catholic High School from 1959-85 – informed Saints’ athletic director Dave Laketa of his decision following USF’s 41-14 season which ended in the semifinals of the NAIA National Baseball Championship Tournament Opening Round on May 14.  He will remain a part of the USF family and will serve as a Special Advisor to the Athletics Department and Baseball Program. Continue reading


College of Southern Nevada Coach facing Allegations

UPDATED AT 11:00PM on November 3rd


Chris Sheff has been relieved of his duties according to a report tonight by the Las Vegas Review Journal. (Link)

UPDATE #1 at 3:00AM on November 3rd

The school has hired an independent reviewer to look at the situation according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Link)

My full article from this weekend is below.

College of Southern Nevada first year head coach Chris Sheff is facing an in-house investigation regarding allegations that players were charged $125 for a mandatory conditioning program in addition to making players pay for post-practice meals and the coaching staff bringing drugs into the locker room.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal report:

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College Baseball Players Representing in 2010 MLB World Series

WorldSeriesLogoThe 2010 MLB World Series starts up on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants hosting the Texas Rangers. Cliff Lee (Arkansas) will take the ball for the Rangers while the Giants will send Tim Lincecum (Washington) to the hill. The best conference this season with getting players into the World Series is the SEC as they have six alums of universities. The University of Miami, UC-Santa Barbara, and LSU are the leaders in alums participating with two each. Miami has Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell while UC-Santa Barbara has Barry Zito and Michael Young. The LSU Tigers have both Mike Fontenot and Brian Wilson participating in the fall classic. The full list is below.

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Lewis-Clark State Coach Ed Cheff to retire


Ed Cheff Ed Cheff, who led the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team to an unprecedented 16 NAIA World Series title and is the NAIA’s all-time leader in victories at one school, announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down after 34 years at the Warrior helm.

The veteran coach will be replaced by Gary Picone, who will also keep his duties as athletic director, incoming LCSC interim president J. Anthony (Tony) Fernandez announced. Picone, however, will relinquish his duties as Tournament Director for the Avista NAIA World Series to LCSC assistant athletic director Brooke Cushman.

The changes officially begin on Sept. 1.

Cheff has been the face of the LCSC baseball program since his arrival in 1977. He posted a 1,705-430-2 record with LCSC for a .799 winning percentage. His win total ranks second only to Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson’s 1,724 wins with the same program in all of college baseball. His win total also is fourth all-time among all college baseball coaches.

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Interview with Lubbock Christian Coach Nathan Blackwood

NathanBlackwood2 Nathan Blackwood is going into his seventh season as Head Coach of the defending NAIA Champion Lubbock Christian Chaparrals. His career record is 281-89. He played for the Chaparrals as an undergraduate, and also coached at Harding University.

Bob Broughton, The College Baseball Blog: The defending NAIA champion is someone other than Lewis-Clark State this year. Has this idea caught on in Lubbock yet?

Nathan Blackwood, Lubbock Christian: I think so. The Lubbock community has always been extremely supportive of LCU Baseball and has really done a good job of welcoming and recognizing these student athletes. This is a baseball town and has been for a long time. The people here can really appreciate an accomplishment like this.

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Longtime Anderson University Baseball coach Don Brandon Announces Retirement

DonBrandon1 Longtime Anderson University head baseball coach Don Brandon after being with the school for the past 50 years from being a player to becoming the head coach of the program. He saw the school transition from an NAIA powerhouse into a member of Division 3. Coach Brandon will be retiring at the end of the 2010 season. You can check out the full press release below.

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Wes Dorrell leaves Cal Poly for Fresno Pacific

837-S1dorrell8-5.mi_embedded.prod_affiliate.76 Wes Dorrell who is entering his last year of baseball eligible has decided to leave Big West member Cal Poly for NAIA member Fresno Pacific. According to an article in The Tribune out of San Luis Obispo CA, Dorrell had a falling out with head coach Larry Lee. Dorrell stated the following about his transfer “A fallout with Cal Poly coach Larry Lee, a conflict of interest, to put it in the best words possible.” Larry Lee refutes this claim by stating in the article that there was never a fallout with Dorrell in his eyes.

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Larry Hays returns to coaching

larry-haysLarry Hays known mostly for coaching Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian baseball programs is coming back to coaching in 2010 when he takes over the Lubbock Christian softball team. He replaces his son Shanon who started up the program two years ago before accepting the head coaching position with Texas Tech.

Larry Hays played professional softball during his playing days from Mobile Alabama to Montreal Quebec. He assisted Shanon over the last two season which saw him grow found of the program which won the 2008 NAIA National Championship in their inaugural season. Continue reading