Crowder College renames baseball field after the program’s successful coach
Roughriders Baseball Field is now known as Lallemand Family Field
NEOSHO, Mo. – Formerly Roughrider Baseball Field, head coach Travis Lallemand chose the name Lallemand Family Field to represent the support structure the players have created at Crowder College.
“I didn’t want it just to be one name up there because I haven’t had an at bat and I haven’t thrown a pitch here. So there’s a lot of people that deserve credit on the field. We just happen to be the people that are guiding it from the background,” says Lallemand.
Lallemand has built something special since taking over the program in 2006. He has guided the Roughriders to five Region 16 titles, two South Central District championships, and 2 Junior College World Series appearances. But what Lallemand preaches to his athletes goes beyond baseball.
“How he shaped me as a man and taught me how to play the game the right way and told me that there is more to life than just baseball,” says former Roughrider, Quinn Cherry. “You got to take your classes very seriously. And make sure you keep your family close.”
Former players say Lallemand’s dedication to them is something they still carry.
“If I could re-do it, I would re-do it all over again. He’s just a great mentor. A person people look up to. And just inspire you to achieve something bigger than yourself,” adds Sam Chaput.
Lallemand says helping students develop into more than just athletes is the most rewarding part of the coaching experience.
“There’s challenges that come with it, but at the same time it’s just one of those situations that I enjoys embracing that challenge and I enjoy that end product when they leave here. And seeing what they came in as — not just physically, but mentally and spiritually when they leave, to make them just better in all three categories,” adds Lallemand.
The Roughriders finished last season ranked number 2 in the country with a 23-3 record before the pandemic halted the season.