I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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NCAA Division II Baseball Records that may not be broken by Alan Fowlkes
Many of the followers of the blog know that I stopped working full-time this year. I wanted to do some new things in retirement and one of them is playing “fantasy baseball”.
So in 2018 thanks to two friends Carey Read and Alan Fowlkes I got to join a 12 person league they have been in for years. I am the rookie since this is my first time playing. After 6 weeks I have a W-L Record of 2-4.
I wanted to participate in fantasy baseball because in the summers of 1965-66-1967 as a kid I played Strat–O-Matic Baseball religiously. That game taught me about MLB players and to be quite honest I am hoping fantasy baseball let’s me do the same. So far it has.
This week in our fantasy league called Roidz I am matched up against Alan Fowlkes and his squad Rag Arm Folksy who just happens to be an ex-MLB Baseball Pitcher and former NCAA Division II All-American.
Alan is also a good friend that lives in Lumberton NC and for a brief time in late 80’s he was assistant baseball coach at then Pembroke State University today called UNC Pembroke.
In college Alan set NCAA Division II pitching records that may never be broken.
Alan Fowlkes was an All-America in 1980 with Cal Poly Pomona. He started 23 games that season and 19 of them were complete games, both of which still stand as DII baseball’s single-season mark. Fowlkes went an incredible 21-2, the 21 wins yet another DII single-season record as were his unimaginable 206 innings pitched, 31 more than the next closest pitcher ever has. Fowlkes was one of the last of his kind, and that incredible 1980 season was one for the ages.
I wrote a previous post on Alan in 2015 that you can view here
What is really amazing about Alan is his persistence. Today he serves as the Executive Director for ComTech in Pembroke NC
On Saturday May 6, 2018 after 38 years of being away from college he finished his college degree at UNC Pembroke. To be a MLB pitcher you have to be persistent. To go back to college in your mid-50’s is another kind of persistence.
Today starts the NCAA Division II Regionals across the country in baseball. One of the teams playing is UNC Pembroke. I wish Coach Paul O’Neil and his team the best of luck and hope they set some records. Breaking any of Alan Fowlkes pitching records is probably just a fantasy.