The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced that Seward County Community College head baseball coach Galen McSpadden will be inducted into the class of 2008 NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. Joining McSpadden in the 27th induction class are Don Brown (former head coach of Redlands Community College) and Perry Keith (head coach of Connors State College). The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place May 23, 2008, at the NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series banquet in Grand Junction, Colo. This year’s class will join the 80 current members of the exclusive group. McSpadden will be the first coach ever from Seward County to be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

After becoming the sixth head baseball coach in Seward County history in 1981-1982, McSpadden has re-wrote the record books at an amazing rate of 34 wins per season. He has broke every Saints’ all-time career and single-season head coaching record while building Seward County into one of the premier baseball programs in the nation.

Entering his 27th season as head coach at SCCC, McSpadden’s overall head coaching record is 874-475 (.648), ranking 28th in NJCAA history for most career wins. Only five coaches in the history of the NJCAA have won more games in fewer seasons. His career win total ranks inside the top 10 for NJCAA active coaches, and he ranks second all-time in Region VI history for career victories.

After leading the Saints to the NJCAA World Series in 2004, McSpadden was named 2005 American Baseball Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year, 2005 Major League Baseball Scouts Association Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region VI Coach of the Year and Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year. McSpadden has been awarded the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year award on three occasions (1998, 2003, 2004).

Winning games has been just part of the story for McSpadden, who has coached 73 Major League Baseball draft or free agent selections since 1993. The long list of successful student-athletes that McSpadden has mentored also includes 15 NJCAA All-Americans, which includes the 2002 NJCAA Player of the Year and NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

McSpadden has guided the Saints to 11 Jayhawk West Conference championships, including 10 conference titles in the last 15 years. SCCC won four conference crowns in the 90’s (1993, 95-97) and six conference championships in the last seven years (2001-2005, 2007). He has coached four squads to Jayhawk West Sub-Region VI titles (1986, 2000, 2002, 2003) and in 2004, McSpadden led the Saints to their first-ever NJCAA World Series, where they finished fifth-place in Grand Junction.

Since 1993, McSpadden has coached the Saints to 15 straight seasons with at least 33 victories, including five 40-win seasons, two 50-win campaigns, an average of 41 wins per year and a record of 609-268 (.694).

In the summer of 2007, McSpadden was named an Assistant Coach to the first-ever NJCAA Freshman Baseball All-Star Series at USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tenn. McSpadden helped coach the West All-Star Team to a 2-0-1 record, winning the best-of-three series.

McSpadden has coached 123 Jayhawk West All-Conference selections (71 First Team selections), 28 NJCAA All-Region VI selections, nine Jayhawk West Conference Freshmen of the Year, six Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Players, three NJCAA National Batting Champions, three NJCAA Central District Big Stick award winners, three NJCAA Region VI Most Valuable Players, three NJCAA Region VI Gold Glove award winners and one NJCAA Central District Defensive Player of the Year.

The Saints have also made their mark under McSpadden in the NJCAA Top 20 poll with 13 national rankings during the past 15 years.

Seward County is also known nationwide for their academic excellence, and their phenomenal transfer rate to NCAA Division I institutions. McSpadden has coached players who have played in some of the elite Division I conferences in the country, including the Big 12, SEC, Big 10, ACC, Pac-10, Conference-USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Southland, Mid-Continent, WAC, to name a few.

As a player, McSpadden was drafted and signed a professional contract in 1974 in the 6th round (121st overall selection) by the San Diego Padres as a left-handed pitcher. After making his way through the Padres minor league organization with stops in A, AA and AAA, McSpadden earned a spot on the Padres 40-man major league roster in 1977 and 1978. After completing two years in major league spring training with the Padres, McSpadden was released due to an arm injury. He played collegiately at Southeast Missouri State University.

In addition to his head coaching duties, McSpadden has spent the past 24 years as the Director of Athletics at SCCC. During his tenure as AD, the athletic department (baseball, softball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball) has captured 30 Jayhawk West Conference titles, 19 NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament championships, and the 2001-2002 women’s basketball program won the NJCAA Division I National Championship with a 38-0 overall record. The SCCC athletic department, including men’s and women’s tennis, has made 18 appearances at the NJCAA National Championships and has a total of 45 NJCAA All-Americans.

McSpadden will be the third junior college baseball coach from Kansas to join the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame. McSpadden and his wife, Debbie, have two children, son Josh, and daughter, Kelli Tiffee.