Crowder College's Roughrider Baseball Field is being renamed Lallemand Family Field in honor of the school's highly successful coach in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
"Coach Travis Lallemand has had tremendous success on the field, and just as importantly, has prioritized education in the lives of Crowder's young baseball players," said Dr. Glenn Coltharp, college president.
From instilling in players a strong work ethic to helping them succeed in the classroom, "Coach Lallemand is a great example of faculty and staff we have at Crowder," Coltharp said.
Lallemand was named head baseball coach at Crowder in 2006 after serving three years as an assistant coach. His coaching record is 598-272. His teams have earned five Regional XVI Championships and two South Central District Championships.
Thirty-four of his players have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams, and 91 players have advanced to play ball for NCAA Division 1 universities. He's had 43 players be named to the Region XVI 1st Team, and 9 named NJCAA All-Americans.
A native of Girard KS, he played ball at Labette Community College before transferring to Berry College in Rome, GA. He was an assistant baseball coach at Parsons, KS, for two years before joining Crowder.
His wife, Jennifer, is a certified athletic trainer for Crowder, and has more than 20 years working as an athletic trainer for Freeman Sports Medicine.
The Lallemand's reside in Neosho with son Luc, who is a kindergarten student at Carver Elementary.