SIU Edwardsville Cougars baseball
|SIU Edwardsville Cougars|
|University||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
|Head Coach||Tony Stoecklin (3rd year)|
|Home Stadium||Roy E. Lee Field
at Simmons Baseball Complex
|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|
|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.
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.
In 2012, Gary Collins moved from coaching to become SIUE's first Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Record by year
|SIU Edwardsville (Division II Independent) (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|
|1982||Gary Collins||34-21||Regional 4th|
|1983||Gary Collins||35-15||4th DII CWS|
|1985||Gary Collins||36-15-1||6th DII CWS|
|1986||Gary Collins||39-21||Regional 4th|
|1987||Gary Collins||40-15-1||Regional 2nd|
|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|
|SIU Edwardsville (Great Lakes Valley Conference (Div. II)) (1996–2007)|
|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|
|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)|
|SIU Edwardsville (Ohio Valley Conference) (2011–present)|
|2011||Gary Collins||28-24||Not eligible|
|Gary Collins:||1028 –766–7 .573|
|Tony Stoecklin:||57–98 .368|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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.
- The most successful professional baseball player out of SIUE was John "Champ" Summers who played only one season for the Cougars before signing a pro contract after being seen by a major league scout while playing softball. Summers played for six teams during an eleven-year Major League career.
- Clay Zavada has pitched in the majors for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but is possibly better known for his award-winning mustache.
- Over the years, more than fifty former Cougars have played baseball in the major and minor leagues, but most have gone on to careers in other fields.
- SIUE : Collins Transitions from Head Coach to Development
- SIUE : Stoecklin Named Acting Head Baseball Coach
- "SIUE Baseball Coaching Records". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Baseball GLVC Records Book" (PDF). Great Lakes Valley Conference. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Baseball Archives". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved July 13, 2015.