N.C. Wesleyan's baseball diamond was named "Bauer Field" in the fall of 1988 after Dr. Raymond E. Bauer, North Carolina Wesleyan's first baseball coach. Dr. Bauer began laying out the field in 1961. With some help from local contractors and players, Dr. Bauer had the field ready for its first game in the spring of 1962. In 2005, the Bishops retired Bauer's #18 jersey. Read More
Charlie Long enters his 26th season with the North Carolina Wesleyan baseball program and 20th as head coach. The long-time staffer was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for
Community Relations and Marketing in 2015, and most
recently, he was selected for induction in the NCWC Athletics Hall of Fame. In 19 seasons, he has compiled a 429-377-5 overall record, highlighted by his Bishops capturing the 1999 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Long played his collegiate baseball career at Mount Olive College (NC), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science as a Cum Laude graduate in 1989. The team’s most valuable player in 1987, Long posted a career batting average of .371. He was also an excellent fielder, committing only one error in his junior season at second base. In 1989, Long was selected as the Mount Olive College Athlete of the Year.
His coaching career began in the fall of 1989 as a graduate assistant at Campbell University where coached with former major league player Mike Caldwell. His chief duties included infield and hitting instruction. Under Caldwell, the 1990 Campbell team advanced to the NCAA West Regional held at Stanford University. Long went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the Division I University.
Former Battling Bishop Zach Alexander enters his fifth season as an assistant coach with his alma mater. A standout player for head coach Charlie Long from 2008 to 2011, Alexander was a two-time USA South All-Conference performer at first base.
Alexander led Wesleyan to a pair of conference championships during his tenure. After manning the hot corner as a freshman, he made the move over to first base during his sophomore campaign, where he would become a three-year starter. That same 2009 season was highlighted by the Bishops capturing both the USA South regular season and tournament crowns en route to the program’s 21st NCAA berth.
Individually, Alexander posted his best collegiate numbers during a 2010 junior season that saw the Virginia Beach native bat .468 in conference play with a trio of homeruns, 12 doubles and 34 RBIs. Wesleyan capture its second straight regular season league title that year, and for his efforts, Alexander was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.