While the first pitch of Greyhound baseball won’t be thrown until 2023, MACC’s Head Coach Chris Fletcher is already on the job. Using both personal and professional connections, Fletcher is recruiting around the state. Starting a team from scratch is a unique opportunity, and Fletcher is excited to assemble the inaugural Greyhound baseball team.
As much as possible, he plans to recruit local graduates to give them an opportunity to use their A+ scholarship, though there will be scholarship money available for those who are not qualified for A+. MACC enters the world of collegiate baseball playing at the NJCAA Division II level, a designation mostly about financing. Division II colleges are limited to awarding tuition, fees, course-related books, and up to $250 in course-required supplies, leaving the student-athletes to pay for housing.
Although baseball is a spring sport, next fall the newly formed team will play non-sanctioned games. Their season officially begins in late January 2023 with a 50- 56 game schedule. The home field will be at the Moberly Howard Hills Athletic Complex, through a partnership with the City of Moberly.
Coach Fletcher was excited to share that The Dugout Club, a Greyhound Baseball Booster, will be starting soon to get a jump on community involvement. While they will fundraise for the team to help cover food, travel, and training upgrades, the primary purpose of the Dugout Club will be to support the team through relationships. Be sure to stay in touch to find out how to get involved.
Growing up a few blocks from campus, Fletcher says taking the helm of MACC’s new program was a “no brainer. Dr. Lashley presented a great opportunity, and I hopped on board.” After playing baseball at Moberly High School, Fletcher continued his education at North Central Community College in Trenton, then at William Woods University in Fulton, playing baseball along the way. Fletcher then turned his baseball passion into a career, serving as an assistant baseball coach at William Woods for six years, at Truman State for one year, and back to William Woods as head coach for two years. He has now moved back to Moberly with his wife Rachael (Schmidt, also a Moberly native), and their sons Brooks (3) and Baylor (5 months).