Coach Lallemand completed his 7th year as head coach of the Crowder College Roughrider baseball team. As head coach, he has led the Roughriders to two Region 16 Championships, in 2008 and 2010. This past year finished runner up in the Region 16 tournament and won 41 games during the regular season. Lallemand has been named the Region 16 Coach of the Year 2 times, once in 2008 and again in 2010, along with being named the South Central District Coach of the Year in 2010. During his 7 years as the head coach at Crowder, every player that has played for Lallemand has had opportunity to move on to the 4 year level. Altogether, Lallemand has coached 38 players that have signed with Division I programs and 21 players have been drafted by Major League clubs, along with 18 first team All-Region performers, 4 NJCAA All-Americans, 2 Region 16 Players of the Year, and 2 Region 16 Defense Players of the Year.
Lallemand started as assistant coach for the program and guided the Roughrider pitching staff for 3 seasons prior to becoming head coach. The Roughriders pitching staff has had 13 pitchers that have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and 24 that have signed with NCAA Division 1 schools in his 10 years at Crowder.
Coach Lallemand came to Crowder from Parsons, Kansas, where he was an assistant baseball coach for two years. He also served one year as the volunteer assistant at Berry College in Rome, GA. Lallemand is originally from Girard, Kansas. Lallemand prepped at Girard High School, Kansas and went on to play collegiate baseball at Labette Community College before transferring to Berry College in Rome, GA. Each of the teams he competed on from ‘96-’99 competed in the top two of their respective conferences. Travis finished in the top five nationally in ERA in 1997.
Lallemand is married to the former Jennifer Gardner of Waterloo, Illinois and they live in Neosho.
Coach Vessell begins his 2nd year at Crowder College and will primarily deal with the Roughrider pitching staff along with recruiting and many other aspects of operations. Before Crowder, he coached 2 years at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith as pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and academic adviser.
Prior to his stint with Ft Smith Vessell was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Henderson State University which posted a 34-16 win loss mark and set the school record for wins in a season, as well as being ranked as high as #7 in the country. During his six seasons, Vessell coached 21 all-conference players, five all-region players and three All-Americans as well as one player being drafted in the 26th round by the Kansas City Royals.
During the summer, Rob is the head coach of the Joplin Outlaws. A summer collegiate baseball league which resides in the Mink league.
Vessell is a 1999 graduate of Russellville High School, where he was a three-sport athlete earning all-state honors in baseball as a junior and senior. He played four seasons at NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech University. The former pitcher helped lead the Wonder Boys to a runner-up finish in the Gulf South Conference in 2001 and holds the Wonder Boys’ record for most appearances during a career with 63.
Coach Williams is beginning his first year at Crowder College as a coach. He primarily works with the catchers and the Roughrider Hitters. This is his first year of coaching on the Roughrider staff. He also coaches in the summer with the Arkansas Express, one of the elite summer organizations in the area. Williams played at Crowder in 2010 and 2011, and was part of the first World Series team in Crowder history. He also attended Lincoln University for a year where he played baseball for the Blue Tigers. Williams is also a Springfield native, and attended Glendale High School, where he played baseball for 4 years. Kyle is resides in Neosho, MO.
Coach Sawyer is beginning his first year as a coach here at Crowder College. He primarily works with the Roughriders outfield and pitchers. Sawyer attended Crowder for two years ( 2010 & 2011 ) and was on the 2010 World Series team that advanced to Grand Junction for the first time in school history while finishing 5th in the nation. Sawyer attended the University of Arkansas Little Rock for one year after his experience at Crowder College. Sawyer is a Bryant, AR native, where he attended Bryant High School. Tyler resides in Neosho, MO.
Coach Holtz is in his 1st year coaching at Crowder College. He has in the past years assisted with coaching the American Legion teams in Neosho and Joplin. During his high school and college career, he was a middle infielder. Holtz is a 2005 graduate of Parkway West High School in St. Louis, Missouri, a 2007 graduate of Crowder College and has a marketing degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
After his baseball career at Crowder, an award was named after him – the Bob Holtz Dirtbag Award. This award is given annually to the Crowder baseball player that exemplifies a baseball “dirtbag” mindset: true grit, tenacity, selflessness, perseverance, drive, discipline, determination, dedication, commitment and hard work.
Robert and his wife, Whitney, live in Neosho with their newborn son, Brooks.