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Billy Hatcher

1980

  • .451 Batting Average (73/162)
  • 58 runs scored
  • 8 home runs
  • 14 doubles
  • 45 runs batted in
  • .911 field percentage
  • 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 3rd Team NJCAA All-American

1981

  • .371 Batting Average
  • 30 game hitting streak
  • 43 runs batted in
  • 6 home runs
  • ACCAC Player of the Year
  • 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-Southwest Region
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-American
  • Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1981 amateur draft (January).
  • Player signed May 22, 1981. (All Transactions)
  • Debut: September 10, 1984 (Age 23)
  • Teams : Astros/Reds/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies/Rangers 1984-1995
  • Final Game: May 9, 1995 (Age 34)
  • Had a .264 career batting average in 1,233 games from 1984-95

During the 1990 Postseason hit .519 overall (14-for-27), including .750 (9-for-12) in the four-game World Series sweep over the heavily-favored Oakland Athletics…established World Series records for highest batting average for a four-game series (.750), most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4)

Dave Brown

Like Gary Ward, Dave Brown was hired in 1969 as a PE instructor and as the school’s first athletic director and first men’s basketball coach.

Brown led the Roughrider cagers for 12 seasons compiling a record of 261-136 with an ACCAC and NJCAA Region I Championship in 1981-82. YC finished 4th at the national Tournament that season. In 1982, Brown took over the duties of the women’s basketball team and won the ACCAC Championship and NJCAA Region I Championship being named the ACCAC and Region Coach of the Year. Furthermore, Brown was named the 1982-83 ACCAC Athletic Director of the Year.

Following YC, Brown moved north to take over the helm of the Northern Arizona University women’s basketball team. He served as the head coach for 8 seasons before becoming the director of the NAU Walkup Skydome Director, a position that he currently holds. During his time at NAU, Brown also served as the Co-Athletic Director and interim men’s basketball coach late last season.

Mirsada Buric

Tom Gammill

Celeste Taylor 1994-96

Volleyball

  • 1994 – 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 1st Team All-Region I
  • 1995 – 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 1st Team All-Region I
  • ACCAC Player of the Year
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-American
  • NJCAA Female Athlete of the Year

Basketball

  • 1994-95 – 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • ACCAC Freshman of the Year
  • ACCAC Player of the Year
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-Region I
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-American
  • Team won ACCAC Championship (29-3)
  • 1995-96 – 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-Region I
  • 3rd Team NJCAA All-American
  • Team won the NJCAA Region I Title (29-4)
  • Records – Most Rebounds Game – 29
  • Most Rebounds Career – 611
  • Most Steals Career – 197

Paul Roberts

  • Contributor
  • Roughrider Club President (1990-2001)
  • Has done as much for Yavapai College Athletics as anyone
  • Initiated Friday Night Little Roughrider Leagues and Elementary School Reading School Programs

Gary Ward

Gary Ward was hired in 1969 to be a part of the newly formed Yavapai College as an instructor of PE. In 1971, he started the baseball team and led the squad for 7 years winning two NJCAA National Championships (1975 and 1977) and earning the NJCAA national coach of the year honor in both of those years. Ward had an overall record of 240-83 (.743). He also served as an assistant basketball coach there from 1969-75.

Following Yavapai College, Ward headed to Oklahoma State University where he led Oklahoma State to 10 College World Series appearances in 19 seasons as head coach (1978-96). His OSU teams earned a record seven consecutive CWS berths from 1981-87 and were national runners-up in 1981, 1987, and 1990. The Cowboys qualified for 17 regionals, including 16 in a row from 1981-96 under Ward. He led OSU to 17 Big Eight championships and two Big Eight Western Division titles in 19 years. Ward also led them to 16 consecutive conference championships. Included in his tenure at OSU were 18 40-win seasons

Ward was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 4, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas. Ward was inducted into the 2008 College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a collegiate coach. Ward was then inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Jan. 7, 2011.

1975 Baseball Team

First National Championship for the Yavapai College Roughriders.

  • Overall Record: 40-9
  • Conference Record: 20-6
  • Valley Division Champions
  • ACCAC Champions
  • NJCAA Region I Champions
  • NJCAA National Champions

Members include:

  • Jesse Parra
  • Dion LeJohn
  • Bill Whittington
  • Steve Morrison
  • Steve Higgins
  • Ed Hernandez
  • Dave Holliday
  • Chuck Faubion
  • Steve Blair
  • Bruce Ferguson
  • Ted Grafton
  • Jaime Lopez
  • George Hawley
  • Ed Ribera
  • John Emmett
  • Joe Romero
  • Jim Schwanke
  • Dan Rees
  • Larry Moser
  • Gary Skow
  • Don Hanna
  • Eric Fry

Head Coach: Gary Ward
Assistant Coach: Jim McKaskle

1990 Soccer Team

  • 21-1-1
  • ACCAC Champions
  • NJCAA Region I Champions
  • NJCAA West District Champions
  • NJCAA National Champions

“The Championship Season” (1990)

Roughriders captured post-season playoff wins over Glendale-AZ (6-0), Hesston-KS (3-1), defending champion St. Louis-Flo Valley (1-0), Ulster-NY (2-1), Herkimer-NY (4-0), Passiac-NJ (2-1)…Kurt Funkhouser scored title-winner with 7:37 remaining in the second sudden death overtime period in West Windsor, New Jersey on Nov. 18…Three NSCAA All-Americans named: Edson Rico (team high 22 goals); Rocco DeNardis (team high +58); and Steve Macias…National Tournament award winners include Jose Corona (nation’s top defender), Andre Luciano (nation’s top goalkeeper), Kobah Washington (tourney’s leading scorer)…Bobby Bell recorded team high 13 assists…Michael Pantalione named NSCAA & NJCAA National Coach-of-the-Year.

Goalkeepers (3)
1 Justin Ground Tucson, AZ/Amphitheater
20 Andre Luciano Las Vegas, NV/Chaparral
24 Marvin Cassler Tucson, AZ/Sabino
Defenders (11)
3 Kurt Funkhouser Phoenix, AZ/Arcadia
5 Jose Corona Tolleson, AZ/Tolleson
6 Peter Orona Phoenix, AZ/Maryvale
13 Tony Robson Phoenix, AZ/Greenway
15 Mate Kozul Phoenix, AZ/Camelback
16 Rocco DeNardis Nepean, Ontario/Merivale
18 Brett Wright Las Vegas, NV/Western
19 Mike Wilcynski Tempe, AZ/McClintock
21 Tyler Schlink Phoenix, AZ/Thunderbird
22 Nick Bramini Phoenix, AZ/Moon Valley
25 Ken McMillen Prescott, AZ/Prescott
Attackers (12)
2 Bobby Bell Tucson, AZ/Cholla
4 Jose Miranda Tucson, AZ/Sunnyside
7 Steve Macias Glendale, AZ/Apollo
8 Jeff Stringham Chandler, AZ/Dobson
9 Ed Brooks Chandler, AZ/Dobson
10 Edson Rico Las Vegas, NV/Las Vegas
11 Joe Owen Tucson, AZ/Sahuaro
12 Joe Harman Fort Huachuca, AZ/Buena
14 Kobah Washington Mesa, AZ/McClintock
17 Heath Tagtmeyer Tempe, AZ/Corona Del Sol
23 Remy Bilsback Bergen, Norway/Bergen
26 Roger Salazar Las Vegas, NV/Western

Coaching Staff (1)

Head Coach: Michael Pantalione

Note: Players jersey number, 1990 Hometown at the time and High School Attended are listed above.

Don Hanna 1973-75

Baseball

  • 1974 – 7-2
  • Team finished 33-9-1
  • 1975 – 17-1
  • 1st Team All-ACCAC
  • 1st Team All-Southwest Region Team
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-American (First Yavapai All-American)
  • NJCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher
  • NJCAA All-Tournament Team
  • Team Won the ACCAC Title
  • Team Won the NJCAA Region Title
  • Team Won the NJCAA National Title (40-9)
  • Records – Most Innings pitched season – 128 2/3
  • Most Wins in Season – 17
  • Most Wins in Career – 24-3
  • No hitter – 4/30/75 vs. AWC – 10-0

Craig Pitcher (contributor)

  • Long time baseball scorekeeper
  • Kept the scorebook for 4 YC coaches – Rod Soesbe, Dave Dangler, Nino Giarratano and Sky Smeltzer

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