Quessenberry inherits a program that finished 15-33 this season.
May 25, 2006
By Dave Fillmore, EU Sports Information
Lance Quessenberry has been hired as the new Evangel University head baseball coach and as an assistant professor in the Physical Education Department for the 2006-07 school year. Quessenberry comes to Evangel from Springfield's Parkview High School, where he coached and taught the past four years (2002-06). At Parkview, Quessenberry was the head baseball coach for three years. He also held the job of American Legion Program Manager and FCA assistant huddle leader for three years.
"We believe that Lance will do an outstanding job here at Evangel," stated Evangel athletics director, Dr. David Stair. " Lance has a history of improving baseball programs everywhere he has coached. And we expect that our program will rebound in the next few years under his guidance."
Quessenberry, 33, is a 1996 physical education graduate of Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in Bolivar, Mo. He also earned his master's degree from Southwest Baptist in 2002. During his stay at SBU, Quessenberry was a two-year starter on the baseball team and in 1995, he earned All-MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) honors as a center fielder. In addition, Quessenberry won the SBU team hustle award both seasons. Prior to coming to SBU, Quessenberry earned his Associates of General Studies degree from Labette Community College (Kans.) in 1993. At Labette, he was also a two-year starter in center field.
A ten-year veteran teacher and coach in the public school system, Quessenberry began working at Marion C. Early Schools in Morrisville, Mo. He was at Marion C. Early for four years (1996-2000). Quessenberry then moved on to Hartville (Mo.) Schools for two years (2000-02) and from Hartville he began his four-year stint at Parkview in Springfield. At all three schools, Quessenberry was the head baseball coach and taught physical education and social studies. In addition, he was the assistant basketball coach at Marion C. Early and Hartville.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Evangel. I'm especially excited about the opportunity to coach at a Christ-centered university, where I know what comes first," remarked Quessenberry. "I'm looking forward to building our program into a contender in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and I just want to raise our expectations to being in that situation every year."
At Parkview, Quessenberry built a 49-43 record. From 2003 through 2006, his teams finished 7-14, 14-10, 14-13, and 14-6. Quessenberry's 2006 team advanced to the second round of districts. He has a 177-97 overall record as a high school baseball coach and has had five state-ranked teams. His 1999 Marion C. Early team was the 1999 Missouri Class IA state runner-up and his 1998 (Marion), 2000 (Marion), 2002 (Hartville) and 2004 (Parkview) teams were district runners-up.
Quessenberry and his wife, Darla (an Evangel grad), have a 21-month-old daughter, Keyler, and reside in Springfield. Darla (Widner) graduated from Evangel in 1997.
Quessenberry is the 12th head Evangel baseball coach. He replaces Al Poland, who stepped down following the 2006 season. Poland, a 1974 Evangel graduate, coached the baseball Crusaders the past six seasons and built a 119-168 overall record. His 2006 team finished 15-33 overall and was 2-22 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.