2012 Iowa Conference champions
PELLA — Adam Stevens is leaving his position as head baseball coach at Central College for a similar post at Aurora College (Ill.).
Stevens had a highly successful 11-year run, compiling a 253-193 record and guiding the Dutch in 2012 to their first outright Iowa Conference crown in 64 years. Central shared the 2006 crown. He received league coach of the year honors in 2005 and 2012. He was tabbed as the D3baseball.com Central Region coach of the year in 2012. Central was 28-16 this spring, winning 15 of 18 games late in the year to surge to second place in the conference tournament and third place overall. One of this year’s players, designated hitter Robbie Rushing (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS), recently became Central’s first baseball all-America honoree in 44 years. The Dutch have posted five straight 20-win seasons, averaging more than 25 victories per year in that span.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to coach at Central College for the last 11 years,” Stevens said. “I’ve worked with so many outstanding student-athletes and we have so many great friendships.
“For my wife, Amy, and our family, it’s just a phase in our lives where we’re excited about a new opportunity. But I’m proud of what we accomplished at Central, both on and off the field, and I look forward to seeing the Central baseball program do well in the future.”
Athletics director Eric Van Kley said Stevens has taken the Dutch program to new heights and positioned for even better days ahead.
“We can’t thank Adam enough for the time and effort he’s put into the program and serving our student-athletes for the past 11 years,” Van Kley said. “He’s put us in a tremendous place, as evidenced by the success the team had this season. We wish he and Amy and their family nothing but the best.”
Van Kley said a search for a replacement begins immediately and he’s confident the position will attract a strong field of applicants as the Dutch make just their second coaching change in the past 36 years. He also noted the upgrades Central is making at the campus baseball complex.
“There is a lot of forward momentum in this program and at Central right now, with the success we’re having on the field and the tremendous facility improvements we’ve made,” Van Kley said. “I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Central baseball.”