The GCU club baseball program is one of the fastest growing club sport programs on campus. The program provides an opportunity for students to enhance their college experience and compete on one of our club baseball teams. More than 75 players try out for our three teams each year. The program consists of fall and spring seasons with about 30 total games against conference and non-conference club baseball teams from other universities and colleges. Our teams also compete against top local junior college programs.
This is our fifth year of competition and our third year in National Club Baseball Association conference play. In 2016-17, the Lopes played their first season in NCBA Division I, went 12-3 in conference play and was ranked No. 15 nationally when its season ended. The Lopes vie each season to be one of the eight teams who advance to the NCBA Division I World Series in May. GCU strives to have Division I and II teams with postseason chances. The future of the program is exciting.
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Rich Warnol is in his fourth season with Grand Canyon University club baseball. He has coached at several programs with success at each stop. He has college coaching experience with three years at Arizona Christian University as interim head coach and then assistant coach. Coach Warnol also has been successful at the high school level with 10 years as an assistant at Horizon High School and six as a head coach at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Pinnacle High School and North Canyon High School.
Coach Warnol believes that he can help the GCU club baseball program be successful and compete in the NCBA World Series in the near future. His passion is to build belief in 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.
Coach Warnol was a four-year starter at Biola University and was a first-team NCCAA All-American. He graduated in physical education and earned a master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Coach Warnol has been married for 25 years to his wife, Holly. He has three awesome kids – Tanner, Kassidy and Brayden.
Coach Fred Speck is in his second year in the GCU club baseball program and leads Team 2. He brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to the program from youth, high school, collegiate and international teams. He 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 high school programs: –Desert Mountain and Pinnacle. Coach 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, an instruction, camp and clinic business.
Coach Speck wants to make an immediate impact on the club baseball program and will focus on developing players to play the game the right way. 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.
Coach Speck graduated from Biola University in business management and was a four-year starter, 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 and a future baseball Lope, Cooper.