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San Jose, CA – Last August, San José State University’s Spartan Stadium got a new name. Just before the winter chill, Spartan fans heated up with the return of San Jose native and former Spartan assistant coach Brent Brennan as the new football head coach. This...
By Gerard Wellbrock – The Hays Post
Kansas City, MO – The MIAA has announced that James R. Crane Stadium at Robert N. Tompkins Field on the campus of the University of Central Missouri has been selected as the site for the 2018 MIAA baseball tournament. The tournament will be held May 10-13, 2018. The winner of the 8-team tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
“The MIAA is pleased to announce that our 2018 Conference Baseball Championship will be played at Crane Stadium/Tompkins Field on The University of Central Missouri campus,” said MIAA Commissioner Mike Racy. “We have great all-turf baseball stadiums in the MIAA, and Crane Stadium offers a first class venue to stage the 2018 MIAA Tournament. This will be the third consecutive year that we have conducted the championship at a different campus facility and the conference is looking forward to having UCM serve as this year’s host (The 2016 tournament was at Lou Brock Sports Complex on the Lindenwood University campus; last May the championship was on the Missouri Southern State University campus at Warren Turner Field).”
“The University of Central Missouri is excited to be named the host institution for the 2018 MIAA Baseball Tournament,” commented Central Missouri Athletic Director Jerry Hughes. Crane Stadium is an excellent facility and we’re thrilled to be able to provide the student-athletes with an excellent experience. The tournament will provide an economic boost to the Warrensburg community during the four days of the tournament.”
For more information on the MIAA Baseball Tournament visit the championship website which can be found here.
About James R. Crane Stadium at Robert N. Tompkins Field
In the spring of 1998, Central Missouri enjoyed the completion of an outstanding baseball facility to go with its already outstanding baseball program – James R. Crane Stadium at Robert N. Tompkins Field.
A $1.2 million construction project, funded primarily by Crane, added a locker room and coaches’ offices for the Mules, an umpires dressing room, new dugouts, permanent seats, a concession stand, a press box and lights to the already existing playing field.
In the fall of 2004, a new facility was added to include indoor batting cages and bullpens, a weight room, storage facility, and umpires dressing room. Following that in 2006, permanent seatback chairs were installed for the fans. All of this was funded by Crane. In the summer of 2013, the stadium received another upgrade with a new grass playing surface being installed.
In the fall of 2015, a $1.1 million project to outfit the stadium with a synthetic turf playing surface was funded primarily by Crane. The project, which includes synthetic turf from AstroTurf, was completed prior to the Mules’ 2016 home-opener.
This field, which seats approximately 1,500, has been the site 15 NCCAA Division II Regionals and 12 MIAA Tournaments. The field’s dimensions are 330 feet down each foul line, 375 feet to left center and right center, and 400 feet to center field.
Dalton, GA – AstroTurf is pleased to welcome Rob Reeves to its staff in a dual role as Regional Manager and Director of College Football Sales. Rob brings a wealth of college football knowledge and experience to his new career in the artificial turf industry.
A native of Saline, Michigan, Rob’s most recent position was that of an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota football team. He coached running backs and tight ends for the Golden Gophers for the last six years. Prior to joining the Minnesota coaching staff he was the running backs coach for Northern Illinois University. Rob also enjoyed a stint as the running backs coach for Southern Illinois University where his backs received four All-America honors and eight all-conference awards. His earlier career included a position as the running backs coach at Emporia State. Rob is well respected by his Division I peers and is known for his ethical and professional approach to college football recruiting.
Rob’s time in coaching began as a Graduate Assistant at Saginaw Valley State following a stellar career playing for the school. Reeves was an All-American quarterback at Saginaw Valley where he played for former Minnesota Head Coach, Jerry Kill. He was a two year starter and an All-American selection in 1994. Rob was also a two time All-Midwest Intercollegiate Conference selection. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the school.
“We are very pleased to add someone of Rob’s background and integrity to the AstroTurf family,” said Todd DeWolfe, Regional Vice President for AstroTurf. “Rob will bring a wealth of knowledge and connections having coached at the highest levels of College Football. We’re ecstatic to bring him into the fold and get him out promoting the AstroTurf brand to Colleges and Universities around the country.”
“I am extremely excited about this new challenge working for AstroTurf,” said Reeves. “The company is respected throughout the coaching profession and the quality of their fields is also well known. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family to be a part of a great company and I am excited about the fact that it still provides me an opportunity to remain engaged in the game of football to work with coaches.”
In addition to his duties as the Director of College Football, Rob will manage the territories of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at www.astroturf.com.
Bailey-Brayton Field To Get New AstroTurf
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State’s Bailey-Brayton Field, home of the Cougar Baseball program, will have a new playing surface for the 2018 season, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Friday.
Bailey-Brayton Field will receive AstroTurf’s state-of-the-art Diamond Series playing surface, replacing the FieldTurf that was installed in 2004. The infield FieldTurf was replaced in 2013. Installation is underway and is scheduled to be completed later this month.
“The addition of the new AstroTurf will provide a first-class playing surface and is the initial step in our facility enhancement plan at Bailey-Brayton Field,” said Moos. “When the new surface is in place, we will turn our attention to finalizing a date to begin construction on the baseball clubhouse, which will provide our student-athletes and coaches one of the finest baseball facilities on the West Coast.”
“We are very excited that Bill Moos and WSU Athletics have made the decision to add new turf for the first phase of the renovations for our baseball program,” WSU Head Coach Marty Lees said. “Steve Webb of Coast to Coast Turf is overseeing the installation who is a former Coug who played on this field so we know we are in great hands! We are looking forward to playing on one of the country’s premiere playing surfaces at Bailey-Brayton Field.”
“We feel tremendous pride in being chosen as the artificial turf provider for Washington State’s baseball field,” said AstroTurf’s President, Troy Squires. “We look forward to seeing the Cougars compete on the Diamond Series.”
For this synthetic turf system, the infield “grass” portion of the field is comprised of a combination of advanced fibers that mimic the look, feel, and playability of natural grass. Base paths, warning tracks, and batter’s box all feature a proprietary fiber blend of shorter pile height that accurately emulates clay. All of the elements of the playing surface have been engineered for optimal ball bounce, ball roll, underfoot feel, and durability for the specific part of the baseball diamond in which they are installed. A special feature called the RootZone acts like a net to encapsulate the sand and rubber and to reduce its splash for more natural hops.
This AstroTurf is used at approximately 80 percent of all Division I synthetic baseball fields including The Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Oklahoma.