SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – After announcing his retirement prior to the start of the 2016 season, Spring Arbor University head baseball coach Sam Riggleman is preparing to coach the final home game of his 40-year coaching career.
On Saturday, May 7, Spring Arbor will welcome Indiana Wesleyan University to town for a Crossroads League Tournament first round matchup with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. The two teams split the regular season series during a doubleheader in early April.
The Cougars currently own an overall record of 18-20 and finished the regular season in third place in the Crossroads League standings with a mark of 13-9 in league play.
Riggleman has won more than 1,000 games over the span of his career – a feat only 18 other NAIA coaches have accomplished. He is a two-time NAIA National Coach of the Year and has led SAU to five national tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2007. The Cougars have captured three regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles under his direction.
Riggleman has reached the pinnacle of his profession, and was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association this past January with his induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame. He has also been selected for membership into the hall of fames of Spring Arbor Athletics in 1998, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in 2007 and the NAIA in 2009.