ABCA names TC’s Standiford regional ‘Coach of the Year’

mark_standiford_148_mbaThe accolades keep coming for the 2014 Tabor College baseball team and head coach Mark Standiford.
The Bluejays skipper took home the most recent honor by being named the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association?s Diamond Coach of the Year for the Plains Region.
Standiford was one of 10 NAIA coaches to win the award after his Bluejays qualified for the school?s first trip to the NAIA College World Series this past May in Lewiston, Idaho.
While at the World Series, the Bluejays advanced to the final six before being eliminated two victories short of the national championship game.
The 2014 Bluejays also won their third consecutive KCAC regular-season title, the KCAC tournament title and the school?s first NAIA Opening Round Tournament Championship.
Tabor finished the year ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Top 25 poll?the highest finish for any KCAC baseball team.
?This award is a tribute to the type of players we had in our program this year,? Standiford said. ?This award is more about them and the efforts they put forth this season than it is about me as a coach.
?It?s always nice to be honored, but I could not have accomplished what we did last year without great players and the support of the school and my family,? he added.
In his six seasons at Tabor, Standiford has built an overall record of 235-107 and a KCAC record of 114-47. He?s had only one losing season in the conference.

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