Sam Riggleman
Sam Riggleman
Organization: Spring Arbor University (MI)
Year: 2016 Inductee

In his nearly four decades as a college baseball coach, Sam Riggleman has become one of the most successful in NAIA history. Riggleman ranks ninth among active NAIA coaches with 1,004 career victories and became just the 19th NAIA head coach to reach 1,000 wins in 2015.

Since taking the reins of the Spring Arbor program in 2005, Riggleman has guided his alma mater to a 358-190 (.653) record with three regular season conference championships, two conference tournament titles and five NAIA National Tournament appearances. Riggleman's squad was runner-up in the 2007 NAIA World Series. That season, Spring Arbor went 48-5, had a 36-game winning streak and Riggleman was honored as the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for the second time.

The 2007 season began a historic three-year run for the Cougars' program as Riggleman directed the team to three consecutive NAIA national tournament appearances including back-to-back NAIA World Series appearances.

The long-time mentor has amassed a 1,004-639-2 record over nearly four decades. Prior to his arrival at Spring Arbor, Riggleman served three seasons as the skipper at Dallas Baptist University where he led the Patriots to two appearances in the NAIA World Series, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2000. He earned his first NAIA Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year that season.

Riggleman spent five seasons at Bethel College before making the move to Dallas Baptist. While at Bethel, Riggleman's squad made the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament multiple times. He also had a seven-year stint at Southern Illinois University from 1988-94, which included an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Riggleman started as the pitching coach at SIU before taking over the role of head coach for his final four years. After getting his start in coaching at John Wesley College, Riggleman spent nine seasons as the head coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Riggleman's resume also includes coaching the U.S. National Team that traveled to Cuba in 1991 and serving as the head coach for a 2001 NAIA All-Star team that traveled to the Czech Republic. Riggleman has also coached several future Major Leaguers, including former No. 1 overall pick Tim Belcher.

Widely recognized for his leadership characteristics on and off the field, Riggleman is a member of the Spring Arbor University Athletics Hall of Fame, the NCCAA Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is also recognized as developing the Montana Leadership Institute at Spring Arbor University, an annual one-week retreat that focuses on athletic and spiritual leadership development in SAU student-athletes.

Riggleman was recipient of the ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award at the 2011 ABCA Convention in Nashville. He joins longtime SAU skipper and former mentor, Hank Burbridge, who was a 2003 inductee in the ABCA Hall of Fame. Riggleman served as an assistant under Burbridge for two seasons prior to taking over as head coach at Spring Arbor.