Crowder Field opened for play in the early spring of 1994. It is named in honor of legendary former Lions coach Bill Crowder, who won more than 1,000 games during his 32 seasons at UAFS. The spacious ballpark replaced the Lions' former field, which was located adjacent to the UAFS Fieldhouse. read more
Todd Holland begins his second season as UAFS head baseball coach.
Holland, who is a native of Crystal, Minn., is the fifth head coach in the history of the program – Shelby Breedlove (1963-64), Lawrence “Squeaky” Smith (1965), Bill Crowder (1966-1998), Dale Harpenau (1999-2014).
During his first season, Holland guided the Diamond Lions to a 28-21 overall record and a 15-10 mark in Heartland Conference play. UAFS finished fourth in the conference and earned a berth in the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Diamond Lions went 1-2 in the tournament, finishing third.
He had four players earn First Team All-Conference honors, one player earn Second Team All-Conference honors and five players named to the All-Heartland Conference Gold Glove Team.
Justin Wichert begins his second season as assistant coach and pitching coach.
Wichert began his college playing career at Cowley County (2001-2003). While at Cowley County, he was selected in the 2003 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. After completing his education at Cowley, Wichert became a starting pitcher at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. During his first season at William Jewell, the Cardinals set the school record for wins with 47 wins.
Wichert began his college coaching career in the fall of 2006, helping William Jewell in the areas of pitching and strength and conditioning.
Jon Ubbenga will begin his second season as assistant coach and infield coach.
Prior to joining the UAFS staff, he was the infield coach at NCAA Division I Florida International University.
Ubbenga’s responsibilities at FIU were on campus recruiting, working with hitters and base runners, handling all infielders and directing the summer camps.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Reed begins his first season as a volunteer assistant coach.
Reed was previously an assistant coach at the University of San Diego under head coach Rich Hill, and he was an assistant coach in the Four Corners Collegiate League during the 2015 summer season. A native of San Diego, Calif., Reed is a graduate of Vista Murrieta High School. There played in back-to-back CIF Championships as a junior and senior, winning the CIF Division II Championship as a senior. He was named CIF Division II Southern Section Player of the Year in 2007.
Reed was a four-year starter at Cal State-Northridge (2008-11) and was an All-American as a freshman and an Academic All-American as a junior. He went on to play one season for the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League.He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security Operations at the University of San Diego.