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Get to Know GCU Club Baseball

The GCU Club Baseball program has become one of the elite and most successful 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. Nearly 60 players participated on at least one of our three teams last year. The program season usually 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 eighth year of competition and our sixth year in National Club Baseball Association conference play. The future of the program is exciting.

Division I

In 2018-19, in just their third season on the NCBA Division I level, the Lopes’ Division I team continued making history on a conference, regional and national level. After finishing third in the nation in 2017-18, the Lopes began the year ranked third in the NCBA DI Poll, and overcame a slow start to put together a program-record 14-game winning streak that propelled them to their second straight Southern Pacific South Conference and SoPac Region titles. That sent them to their second straight appearance at the National Club Baseball Association World Series in Holly Springs, North Carolina. After their first loss in nearly two months, the Lopes bounced back in the double-elimination tournament to reach the championship game, finishing second in the country. Their appearance in the championship game bested their third-place finish in 2018.

Division II

In 2018-19, in their fourth season in NCBA Division II, the Lopes posted their second straight 12-6 mark in conference play. Unlike 2017-18, when they finished second, this year’s mark was good enough to clinch the Lopes’ first-ever Pacific Region South Conference title, sending them to the Pacific Regional Tournament. The Lopes reached the third round of the tournament for the second straight season. 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 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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GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 1

  • Azael Lopez-Chairez
  • Ben Ineson
  • Bryce Arana
  • Connor Lawrence
  • Easton Babe
  • Jackson Harris
  • Jeremy Aguirre
  • Johnny Campbell
  • Johnny Harman
  • Jonah Zembik
  • Kaipo Panui
  • Kevin Bebout
  • Kody Anderson
  • Micah Kaohu
  • Michael Quintana
  • Nathan Womack
  • Nick Fox
  • Noah Tory
  • Reid Magnaghi
  • Sam Mueller
  • Seth Cunningham
  • Simon Siggins Bell
  • Taylor Brooks

GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 2

  • Andrew Gonzalez
  • Anthony Luna
  • Brendan Stell
  • Brett Mackenzie
  • Coby Longoria
  • Ivan Vasquez
  • Jason Bettencourt
  • Jordan Alexander
  • Justin Garrido
  • Kai Hedrick
  • Matthew Castellanos
  • Max Lovrak
  • Payton Horne
  • Sebastian Ortiz
  • Shane Condon
  • Sheldon Medina
  • Kyle Weaver
  • Connor Reagan

GCU Club Baseball Roster – Team 3 (Academy Team)

  • Andrew Schneider
  • Brennan Edwards
  • Brett Garcia
  • Ian Miguel
  • Denver Flom
  • Jake Read
  • Joe Detner
  • Logan Hall
  • Josh Petrie
  • Matt Gregory
  • Lucas Rumpler
  • Trent Davis
  • Matt Reeb
  • Jeorge Hershkowitz
  • Riley Briscoe
  • Ryan Kislesky
  • Max Tibbits
  • Zeke Reid
  • Justin Carr
  • Hans Lovig

GCU Club Baseball Coaching Staff

Rich Warnol

Head Coach
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Rich Warnol heads to Season #7 as head coach of the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team after reaching new heights for the program the last two seasons.  Warnol led the Lopes to the National Club Baseball Association Division 1 World Series in 2018 and 2019 – reaching the national championship game for the first time last May.   He has coached at several programs-with success at each stop. 

Prior to arriving at GCU, Warnol’s college coaching experience 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, and a Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Grand Canyon University.  Warnol has been married for 28 years to his wife, Holly. He has three awesome kids – Tanner (22), Kassidy (20) and Brayden (16).

Kim Carpenter

Assistant Coach/D2 Head Coach

Kim Carpenter begins his 2nd year with GCU. Carpenter is a former NCAA Head Baseball Coach and was named as the NAIA District VII Coach of the Year in 1992. He has served in many different capacities in baseball as a scout and teacher of the game for over 30 years.

Carpenter started his college baseball playing career at New Mexico Highlands University, but that ended prematurely due to an injury. However, he rebounded to wrap up his eligibility on a golf scholarship at NMHU.

Carpenter then began his coaching career at NMHU. His 17-year tenure began as an assistant softball coach, then he moved over to head baseball coach for the Cowboys from 1990-1994. A near-fatal auto accident forced him to give up the coaching duties, but Carpenter rebounded well, becoming at different times the assistant athletic director, intramurals director, compliance director and even vice president at the school over the next decade. Carpenter spent his last year of college administration as the assistant vice president at the NMHU-affiliated San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.

Carpenter has also spent over two decades coaching club baseball, including founding and running his own club team, Fuel New Mexico, until 2018. Carpenter has also scouted for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, and spent 14 years on the executive committee of the prestigious Connie Mack World Series, even serving four years as the president and general chairman.

Carpenter has even spent 14 years in local government, first as the Deputy County Executive Officer for San Juan County in New Mexico, then moving up to County Executive Officer.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Master’s Degree in Human Performance and a Ph.D. in Education.

Carpenter teaches the game as it can be incorporated in life: teaching athletes to work hard to be better – on and off the field; to give back to what they have been afforded; and to remember to do the right thing always that will ensure their true existence of humanity.

Kim is married to his wife, Kristine, and has three kids.