Cougill Takes Helm
Sky Smeltzer, the winningest coach in Roughrider baseball history, stepped down Wednesday afternoon to pursue other business ventures near his hometown of Denver, Colorado. Smeltzer had an overall record of 629-314-4 over his 15 year career. His teams won the ACCAC title 8 of those 15 seasons and the University of Wyoming grad was named conference Coach of the Year 5 times. His career at YC was highlighted by a trip to the NJCAA World Series in 2006 where the Roughriders finished second to Wallace State Community College, AL.
Under his tutelage, three players have played in the major leagues, 15 players were named NJCAA All-Americans and 87 players have been named All-ACCAC. Furthermore, Roughrider Park has gone under extensive renovations during his tenure to become one of the premier ball fields not only in the conference but nationally.
Associate head coach Ryan Cougill will take over the duties as head coach. Cougill has been with the Roughriders for five seasons handling the recruiting responsibilities and serving as the infield and hitting coach. This will be the first head job for the Western Illinois University graduate. Prior to YC, Cougil was an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College (2007-08), Joliet Junior College (2006-07) and his alma mater Western Illinois University (2005).
The Roughrider baseball squad kickoff the 2013 baseball season on January 25-26 in Las Vegas against Colorado Northwestern, Salt Lake City, Southern Idaho and Southern Nevada.