Crowder’s Lallemand inducted into Region 16 Hall of Fame

Travis Lallemand has led the Roughrider to seven Region 16 titles.

NEOSHO, Mo. – Crowder College head baseball coach Travis Lallemand is headed to the Region 16 Hall of Fame.

“The players and the coaches that I’ve had have been a great support and they’ve done a lot to make that happen,” Lallemand says of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “I’m just the guy who guides in from the front, I guess. It does mean a lot. To come from your peers, and all the years and all the sacrifices my family has made…I just want to thank my wife and my kid for allowing me to do this. My wife has sacrificed a lot over the years for this. She’s been probably the biggest support for me, allowing me to do this so long. This has become a family thing for us, and a family-oriented program.”

Lallemand has been the program’s head coach since 2006.

In 17 seasons he has led the Roughriders to 707 wins, including seven Region 16 championships. The team has also made four trips to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

While the wins, championships and awards are nice – they’re not the most important things to Lallemand in his time at Crowder.

“It’s about the relationships. That’s what it is,” Lallemand adds on what motivates him, “I didn’t get into this thing for wins and losses, championship rings or anything like that. I got into this to make an impact, and hopefully I’ve done that. It’s just really special, and that’s the motivating factor for me. I’m motivated by the development of these kids.”

Lallemand has coached and developed 48 players who have earned 1st team All-Region 16 honors, as well as 14 NJCAA All-Americans. Six of his players have been Region 16 Player of the Year – and the program has had 35 players drafted.

The team’s home field (Lallemand Family Field) even bears his name for he and his family’s contributions to the program and the college.

“This is home. The support structure here is unbelievable,” Lallemand finishes, “Our alumni association and our support has been unbelievable. Our recruiting base has been even better than all those things. That’s something we’ve earned and we’ve worked for. My assistant coaches over the years have done a great job to build that base and now we have it, and we’re reaping the benefits. I feel comfortable here, but it’s not the comfort thing that keeps me here. This is home. Like Jay Wright from Villanova said once, you don’t mess with happy sometimes.”

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Neosho, MO – National Junior College Athletic Association Region 16 announced Travis Lallemand, Head Baseball Coach, has been inducted into the NJCAA Region 16 Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the athletic administrators in Region 16 from all sports. All coaches nominated must meet the following criteria and received at least 75% of the potential votes cast from the region meeting:

  • Coached at least 5 seasons in Region 16
  • Won at least two or more Region 16 titles
  • Coached in NJCAA National Tournament for their respective sport

Lallemand is the first Crowder College coach to be inducted into the Region 16 Hall of Fame. His career record boasts 707 wins and 293 losses as the head coach at Crowder College with 7 Region 16 Championships (2008, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22); four South Central District Championships (2010, 17, 21, 22) and four NJCAA JUCO World Series appearances (2010, 17, 21, 22). The Roughriders have appeared in the NJCAA National poll each year and have won 40 plus games in 11 seasons including three 50 plus wins (2017, 21, 22), since their first JUCO World Series appearance in 2010.

Developing players to continue their baseball and college careers is another accolade Coach Lallemand has earned. He has coached 48 Region 16 1st team players, 14 NJCAA All-Americans, 6 Region Players of the Year, and 4 Region 16 Defensive Players of the Year including 35 drafted players and 120 players moving on to the Division 1 level after Crowder.

Lallemand began his career at Crowder in 2002 as an assistant coach before being named the head coach in 2006. Prior to coaching at Crowder Lallemand served as an assistant baseball coach for two year at Labette Community College. A native of Girard, Kansas, Lallemand played at Labette before transferring to Berry College in Rome, GA.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers in Region 16 and to represent Crowder College for all the work we have put in to the program.  This is a representation of all the former players that have made these 17 seasons very successful and all the tireless efforts of my assistant coaches over the years as well, “stated Lallemand.