SIU Edwardsville Cougars baseball
Founded1968
UniversitySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Head coachSean Lyons (5th season)
ConferenceOhio Valley
LocationEdwardsville, Illinois
Home stadiumRoy E. Lee Field
at Simmons Baseball Complex

(Capacity: 1,500)
NicknameCougars
ColorsRed and White[1]
         
College World Series appearances
DII – 1972, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1985,1991, 1997, 2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
DII – 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007
Conference tournament champions
GLVC – 1997, 1998
Conference champions
GLVC – 2007
GLVC South – 1997, 1998, 2001

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars baseball team represents Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in NCAA Division I college baseball. They compete as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. SIUE plays its home games at Roy E. Lee Field at Simmons Baseball Complex, located in the northwest corner of the campus.[2]

History

The Cougars baseball program was started in 1967–68 by Roy Lee, who headed it for its first eleven years. In that time, his teams built a record of 237–144–3, going to 8 consecutive NCAA Division II playoffs and 3 Division II College World Series, with a runner-up finish in 1976.

After Coach Lee's retirement, the program was led for 34 years by SIUE alumnus Gary Collins. Collins' teams won 1028 games (with 766 loses & 7 ties). While still in Division II, his teams made 14 NCAA appearances and went to the Division II College World Series 5 times. He led them into Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference, where the Cougars completed their first season in the OVC in 2012 with an overall record of 27–28 and a conference record of 13–14, which tied for fifth place in the ten-team league.[3]

In 2012, Gary Collins moved from coaching to become SIUE's first Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics.[4]

With Collins' job change, after thirteen seasons as Collins' assistant, SIUE alumnus Tony Stoecklin was named acting head coach for 2013 and continued as head coach from 2014.[5]

The 2014 squad became the first to qualify for the OVC Baseball Tournament, earning the No. 4 seed in the six team field.[6]

Stoecklin was reassigned within the athletic department in mid-April 2016, with assistant Danny Jackson named as interim coach and a national search for a new coach to be launched after the season.[7]

On June 24, 2016, Sean Lyons, the associate head coach at Bradley, was named the fourth head coach in Cougars' history.[8]

Record by year

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SIU Edwardsville (Division II Independent[9]) (1968–1995)
1968 Roy E. Lee 8–5
1969 Roy E. Lee 11–14
1970 Roy E. Lee 23–5 Regional 2nd
1971 Roy E. Lee 23–13 Regional 2nd
1972 Roy E. Lee 31–5–2 3rd DII CWS
1973 Roy E. Lee 26–8 Regional 6th
1974 Roy E. Lee 25–12 Regional 4th
1975 Roy E. Lee 23–13 Regional 4th
1976 Roy E. Lee 30–21 2nd DII CWS
1977 Roy E. Lee 25–18–1 8th DII CWS
1978 Roy E. Lee 12–20
Roy E. Lee: 237–144–3 .621
1979 Gary Collins 15–26
1980 Gary Collins 26–27
1981 Gary Collins 33–27
1982 Gary Collins 34–21 Regional 4th
1983 Gary Collins 35–15 4th DII CWS
1984 Gary Collins 22–23
1985 Gary Collins 36–15–1 6th DII CWS
1986 Gary Collins 39–21 Regional 4th
1987 Gary Collins 40–15–1 Regional 2nd
1988 Gary Collins 28–20
1989 Gary Collins 31–18 Regional 2nd
1990 Gary Collins 36–14 Regional 2nd
1991 Gary Collins 43–17 5th DII CWS
1992 Gary Collins 36–20–1 Regional 3rd
1993 Gary Collins 19–18
1994 Gary Collins 23–27–2
1995 Gary Collins 31–17–1
SIU Edwardsville (Great Lakes Valley Conference (Div. II)[10]) (1996–2007)
1996 Gary Collins 29–22 17–11 3rd
1997 Gary Collins 37–19 17–9 South 1st 5th DII CWS
1998 Gary Collins 38–15 16–4 South 1st Regional 2nd
1999 Gary Collins 35–19 17–8 South 2nd
2000 Gary Collins 33–23 19–8 South 2nd
2001 Gary Collins 41–27 19–8 South 1st 5th DII CWS
2002 Gary Collins 30–24 16–12 4th
2003 Gary Collins 24–26 17–13 2nd
2004 Gary Collins 20–32 17–22 7th
2005 Gary Collins 28–27 19–21 7th
2006 Gary Collins 40–19–1 30–14–1 4th Regional 3rd
2007 Gary Collins 37–17 26–10 1st Regional 5th
2008 Gary Collins 25–26 18–14 West 2nd
SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (2008–2011)
2009 Gary Collins 15–39
2010 Gary Collins 14–38
SIU Edwardsville (Ohio Valley Conference[11]) (2011–present)
2011 Gary Collins 28–24 Not eligible
2012 Gary Collins 27–28 14–13 6th
Gary Collins: 1028 –766–7 .573
2013 Tony Stoecklin 16–35 10–20 t-8th
2014 Tony Stoecklin 21–33 16–14 t-4th
2015 Tony Stoecklin 20–30 19–11 3rd
2016 Tony Stoecklin 7–27 4–14 11th
Tony Stoecklin: 64–125 .339
2016 Danny Jackson (Interim) 2–13 2–10 11th
Danny Jackson: 2–13 .133
2017 Sean Lyons 23–29 11–19 10th
2018 Sean Lyons 15–37 6–24 11th
2019 Sean Lyons 19–32 11–19 9th
2020 Sean Lyons 8–7 3–1 t-1st
Sean Lyons: 65–92 .414
Total: 1375-978-10 .584

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

¶ = season ended early by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable former players

Through the years, many Cougars have gone on to play professionally, and twenty-one have been named All-Americans for their play at SIUE.

See also

References

  1. ^ "SIUE Visual Identity Requirements" (PDF). February 18, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ SIUE
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ SIUE : Collins Transitions from Head Coach to Development
  5. ^ SIUE : Stoecklin Named Acting Head Baseball Coach
  6. ^ http://www.ovcsports.com/news/2014/5/17/BB_0517140514.aspx
  7. ^ "SIU-Edwardsville Opening Provides Potential, Challenges in Equal Measure". College Baseball Central. April 20, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Lyons Selected as Head Baseball Coach". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "SIUE Baseball Coaching Records". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Baseball GLVC Records Book" (PDF). Great Lakes Valley Conference. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "Baseball Archives". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved July 13, 2015.