We feel Crowder College offers a complete package to prospective student-athletes. We have a great baseball program and can help student-athletes prepare for a successful academic career at the same time.
BASEBALL —The Roughriders finished the 2014 season with a record 45-17, including another Region 16 championship. The 2014 club got ranked #8 in the nation during the 2014 season and finished #14. They hosted the South Central District tournament in 2014 and lost 2 one-run ball games to end their season short of the Juco World Series.
Many players leaving Crowder after their tenure in the last 7 years have received scholarship offers from 4-year institutions, continuing the great tradition of placing players at the next level across the country. Some 67 former Roughriders have been drafted and enjoyed a major league career in the past twenty-five years, many still playing professional baseball. In the last 8 years, 25 Roughriders and/or former Roughriders have been drafted, while 15 players signed professional contracts with major league organizations. In addition to professional baseball, Crowder has sent many more players to NCAA Division I baseball programs during the same time, as well as Division II and NAIA schools. (See Roughriders Moving on for more information)
The Crowder College Baseball Team plays a full 20-game scrimmage schedule in the fall and a regular 56-game spring schedule in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Although Crowder College does not have a conference affiliation, we play a tough 28-game Region 16 schedule, as well as many other nationally-ranked teams. Since our campus is located in the southwest corner of Missouri, near the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas state lines, we play many colleges in the four-state area. Our team also makes a trip each spring to play top talent in Texas.
The Roughriders won Regional 16 Championships in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1991, 2008, 2010, and 2014 and the South Central District Championship in 2010. Many individual and team statistics rank in the top twenty nationally each year.
ACADEMICS — Academic preparation plays an important part in helping students who want to transfer to four-year institutions. Since 1987, over 88% of Crowder’s student-athletes have graduated, a mark well ahead of the national average. We feel one of the keys to graduating players is our student advisee program. Students are assigned advisors, who usually teach in their major, as soon as they make the decision to come to Crowder. Those advisors walk them through the class selection and enrollment process each semester keeping them on track to graduate.
CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS — Crowder College was the first junior college in the state to have housing. The housing complex was built on the campus allowing students walking access to their classes, student center, cafeteria, gymnasium and baseball field.
The YMCA (with an indoor pool) is on campus and residence hall students have unlimited access as part of their dorm fees. The Arnold Farber Academic building is a “one-stop shop” for a student with Admissions, Financial Aid, Bookstore, and Cashiers’ Office all located on the first floor and the Library on the second floor.
BASEBALL COMPLEX — The Roughrider baseball field dimensions are 330’ down the lines with an 8-foot fence and 400’ in center with a 15-foot wall. Many renovations have been completed during over the years, including field resurfacing, dugouts, backstop, scoreboard, outfield fence, side fences, press box renovations, batting cages, and many other projects. Plans for improvements to the facility in the future include a covered hitting facility and locker room area next to the field and many other projects to improve our ballpark and the surrounding area. Our goal as a coaching star is to continually improve, eventually having one of the finest community college facilities in the country.