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Get to Know GCU Club Baseball

The GCU Club Baseball program has taken its place among the elite club sport programs not only on campus, but in the nation. The program provides an opportunity for students to enhance their college experience by competing on one of our club baseball teams. More than 75 players have tried out for our three teams each year. The program consists of ‘fall ball’ scrimmages and a spring season with about 30 total games against conference and non-conference club baseball teams from other universities, as well as several matchups against community college teams from the Phoenix area. Our teams also compete against top local junior college programs. This is our sixth year of competition and our fourth year in National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) play. GCU strives to have Division I and II teams – both with chances to compete in the postseason. The future of the program is exciting.

Division I

In 2017-18, their second season on the NCBA Division I level, the Lopes’ Division I team steadily climbed their way to a top-5 national ranking, earned Southern Pacific South Conference and SoPac Region titles for the first time in their history, and finished third in their first-ever appearance at the NCBA Division I World Series this past May in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Division II

In 2017-18, their third season in NCBA Division II, the Lopes went 12-6 in conference play, finishing in second place, qualifying for the Pacific South Regional Tournament, and were just two wins away from a national tournament berth. The Lopes vie each season to be one of the eight teams who advance to the NCBA Division II World Series in May.

Club Baseball Academy

The GCU Club Baseball Academy team is a great fit for talented baseball players with limited time to dedicate to their sport. Team 3 will practice on campus and participate in competitive wood bat leagues off campus.

Pay your dues for Division I and II Spring baseball here.

Pay your dues for the Club Academy team here.

GCU Club Baseball Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Thursday 09/20/2018 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler 6:00 PM FINISHED
Friday 09/21/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 7:30 PM 3-11(F/5) L
vs Arizona State University DI
Saturday 09/22/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 9:00 AM 9-2(F/7) W
vs Arizona State University DII
Saturday 09/22/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 11:30 AM 8-2(F/7) W
vs University of Arizona
Sunday 09/30/2018 at Angels 18U Team Tempe (Tempe Diablo Stadium) 10:00 AM 2-1(F/9) L
Saturday 10/06/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 10:00 AM 10-5 W
vs California University Miramar-Montebello
Saturday 10/06/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 12:45 PM 8-0 W
vs Arizona State University
Sunday 10/07/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 9:00 AM 6-2 W
vs California State University, Long Beach
Sunday 10/07/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament (Championship Game) Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 12:30 PM CANCELLED
vs Northern Arizona University
Tuesday 10/09/2018 at Glendale Community College Glendale 2:30 PM FINISHED
Wednesday 10/24/2018 at Glendale Community College Glendale 3:00 PM FINISHED
Wednesday 10/31/2018 at Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 2:30 PM FINISHED
Saturday 01/26/2019 at Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 12:00 PM TBA
Tuesday 01/29/2019 at Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Friday 02/01/2019 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ 6:00 PM TBA
Saturday 02/02/2019 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ 6:00 PM TBA
Tuesday 02/05/2019 at Paradise Valley Community College Paradise Valley, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Wednesday 02/06/2019 at Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Tuesday 02/12/2019 at Phoenix Community College Phoenix, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Saturday 02/16/2019 vs Colorado Mesa University Phoenix, AZ 12:00 PM TBA
Sunday 02/17/2019 vs Colorado Mesa University Phoenix, AZ 9:00 AM TBA
Sunday 02/17/2019 vs Colorado Mesa University Phoenix, AZ 12:00 PM TBA
Saturday 02/23/2019 at University of Arizona Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/23/2019 at University of Arizona Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 1:00 PM TBA
Sunday 02/24/2019 at University of Arizona Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/02/2019 vs University of California, San Diego GCU (Brazell Field) 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/02/2019 vs University of California, San Diego GCU (Brazell Field) 1:00 PM TBA
Sunday 03/03/2019 vs University of California, San Diego GCU (Brazell Field) 9:00 AM TBA
Thursday 03/07/2019 at Glendale Community College Glendale Community College 3:00 PM TBA
Tuesday 03/12/2019 at Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Thursday 03/28/2019 at Phoenix Community College Phoenix, AZ 3:00 PM TBA
Saturday 04/06/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/06/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 1:00 PM TBA
Sunday 04/07/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/13/2019 at San Diego State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/13/2019 at San Diego State University TBD 1:00 PM TBA
Sunday 04/14/2019 at San Diego State University TBD 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/27/2019 vs Northern Arizona University GCU (Brazell Field) 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/27/2019 vs Northern Arizona University GCU (Brazell Field) 1:00 PM TBA
Sunday 04/28/2019 vs Northern Arizona University GCU (Brazell Field) 10:00 AM TBA

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Saturday 09/15/2018 at Arizona State University Chandler (Espee Field) 8:00 PM 14-2 (F/7) W
Sunday 09/16/2018 at Arizona State University Chandler (Espee Field) 4:00 PM 15-3 (F/7) W
Friday 09/21/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 5:00 PM 4-18(F/5) L
vs Arizona State University DII
Saturday 09/22/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 9:00 AM 5-11(F/7) L
vs University of Arizona
Sunday 09/23/2018 Goodyear Classic Goodyear (Goodyear Sports Complex) 9:00 AM 5-5 (F) T
vs Arizona State University DI
Saturday 10/06/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 10:00 AM 3-8 L
vs Northern Arizona University
Saturday 10/06/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 12:45 PM 3-2 W
vs California State University, Long Beach
Sunday 10/07/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 9:00 AM 4-2 W
vs University of Arizona
Sunday 10/07/2018 University of Arizona Fall Ball Tournament (Consolation Final) Tucson (Kino Sports Complex) 12:30 PM CANCELLED
vs Arizona State University
Thursday 10/11/2018 at Angels 18U Team Tempe 5:00 PM 9-3 L
Sunday 11/04/2018 vs University of Colorado Denver Desert Ridge High School 9:30 AM 6-5 (F/9) L
Saturday 01/12/2019 at Blue Chip Phoenix (Washington High school) 12:00 PM 5-3 W
Saturday 01/12/2019 at Blue Chip Phoenix (Washington High School) 2:30 PM 6-3 W
Saturday 02/02/2019 at Arizona Christian University (ACU) ACU 11:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/09/2019 at Cal State San Marcos CSUSM 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/09/2019 at Cal State San Marcos CSUSM 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 02/10/2019 at Cal State San Marcos CSUSM 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/23/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/23/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 02/24/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/02/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/02/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 03/03/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Friday 03/08/2019 at Arizona Christian University (ACU) ACU 3:00 PM TBA
Saturday 03/09/2019 at Cal State San Marcos TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/09/2019 at Cal State San Marcos TBD 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 03/10/2019 at Cal State San Marcos TBD 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/30/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/30/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 03/31/2019 at University of San Diego TBD 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/06/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/06/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 12:30 PM TBA
Sunday 04/07/2019 at Arizona State University TBD 10:00 AM TBA

GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 1

  • Alex Johnson
  • Azael Lopez-Chairez
  • Cameron Kamphausen
  • Chasen Castillano
  • Cody Hopper
  • Easton Babe
  • Emilio Artica
  • Jacob Tighe
  • Jason Ochoa
  • Kevin Bebout
  • Luke Hawthorne
  • Malik Flores
  • Matthew McWilliams
  • Mike Namoff
  • Nick Schooner
  • Reid Magnaghi
  • Taylor Brooks
  • Zachary Broussely

GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 2

  • Anthony Luna
  • Brett Silvey
  • Caleb Forbes
  • Chase Handy
  • Christian Holden
  • Connor Regan
  • Jacob Noriega
  • Jake Thornton
  • JD Merwin
  • Johnny Campbell
  • Kacey Carvajal
  • Kacey Tucker
  • Martine Redde
  • Max Lovrak
  • Noah Calderon
  • Payton Horne
  • Seth Cunningham
  • Sheldon Medina
  • Simon Siggins-Bell
  • Thomas Easter

GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 3 (Academy Team)

  • Brett Mackenzie
  • Dario Montanez
  • Dom Stone
  • Donald Summerhill
  • Ian Miguel
  • Jackson Fuller
  • Jacob Read
  • Liam Murray
  • Nick Naber
  • Skyler Johnson
  • Tim Orton
  • Tristyan Rowden

GCU Club Baseball Coaching Staff

Rich Warnol

Head Coach
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Rich Warnol heads to Season #4 as head coach of the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball after reaching new heights for the program in 2017-18.  He has coached at several programs-with success at each stop. Warnol’s college coaching experience prior to arriving at GCU includes three years at Arizona Christian University as interim head coach and then assistant coach.  Warnol has also had successful coaching stints at the Phoenix-area high school level, including 10 years as an assistant coach at Horizon High School, and six years combined as a head coach at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Pinnacle High School and North Canyon High School.

Warnol’s passion is to build belief in his players while teaching them to play as a unit. He prioritizes growth in young men by teaching the game the right way, and how to have integrity throughout life.

Warnol was a four-year starter at Biola University and was a first-team NCAA All-American. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Warnol has been married for 23 years to his wife, Holly. He has three awesome kids – Tanner (18), Kassidy (15) and Brayden (11).

 

Fred Speck

Coach
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Fred Speck is in his third year with the GCU Club Baseball program as an assistant coach for Team 1, and helps oversee the GCU Club Baseball Academy Team. He brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to the program from youth, high school, collegiate and international teams.  Speck spent two years as an assistant coach at Biola University, and six years as a player/coach in Europe before settling in the Valley. He assisted at two top Phoenix-area high school programs: Desert Mountain and Pinnacle.  Speck also operated an indoor baseball and softball facility for eight years, and started a baseball academy that grew to more than 100 participants.  He currently runs 9R Baseball, which gives prospective athletes a chance to improve their skills via camps, clinics and private instruction.

Speck’s work and dedication to developing players to play the game the right way has made an immediate impact on the club baseball program. He believes GCU Club Baseball has a unique opportunity to attract some of the best young men and become one of the nation’s top club baseball programs for years to come.

Speck graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and was a four-year starter on the Eagles’ baseball team (alongside Warnol), leaving the program as the all-time hits leader. He married his wife, Wendy, on May 19, 2000, and they have two children – a beautiful girl, Jordan (11), and future baseball Lope Cooper (6).