Sports Overview and History

Baseball Cross Country (Women) Soccer (Women)
Basketball Golf Softball
Cross Country (Men) Soccer (Men) Volleyball
 

Baseball

2014 Baseball Media Guide (PDF)

Indian Hills has had a highly-successful baseball program for over four decades, the college having made a total of 11 trips to the JUCO World Series, including six appearances in one seven–year span.  The program has had 24 All-Americans, including Joel Booker, who was named to the NJCAA honor list following a standout 2014 season.

The Falcons have also been very proficient in sending players on to four–year colleges and the professional level. Fifteen former Indian Hills players have played major league baseball and well over 100 more ex–Falcons have played in the minor leagues. The latest ex–IHCC player to reach the majors was Irving Falu who was called up by the Kansas City Royals in May, 2012, after nine seasons in the minors.

Tyler Sparger, who pitched for the Falcons for two seasons, signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners following the 2013 season.  Nick Green, a freshman for IHCC in the 2014 campaign, was drafted in the 7th round by the Texas Rangers in the MLB First-Year Player Draft after this past spring season.

The Indian Hills baseball team competes in the five–team Division I ranks of Region 11. The Falcons play their home games at Pat Daugherty Field and have their indoor facilities (including a weight room, batting cages and pitching mounds) in the Multipurpose Building on the Indian Hills Centerville Campus, where the program began nearly half a century ago.  A renovation of the current facilities is slated to begin later this year.

The Falcons play a two–month fall schedule.  Every spring they take a southern trip and play around a dozen games. Upon their return, IHCC plays a full schedule against teams from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

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Basketball

The Indian Hills basketball team capped a tremendous season in 2013-14 by finishing second in the NJCAA national tournament, losing to Jones County (MS) in the national title game.  The Warriors, seeded No. 1 going into the tourney, finished the year with a 34-3 record.  It was the 11th time an IHCC team has won at least 30 games in a season.

Over the past three years, with Barret Peery as head coach, Indian Hills compiled a record of 93-11 and made two trips to the national tournament, the 10th and 11th in school history.  After winning three of four games in the 2014 event, IHCC has an overall record of 26-12 at Hutch.

Coach Peery left to take an assistant's job at Arizona State following last season and his top assistant, John Wardenburg, was named to replace him at the helm.

The Indian Hills basketball program has enjoyed remarkable success over the past two decades. In that time, the Warriors have won 85 percent of their games and averaged 29.6 wins per season.

The Warriors play their home games at the Hellyer Student Life Center on the college's Ottumwa Campus and it's hard to imagine anyone in the country has had a better home–court advantage than Indian Hills. The IHCC record at the Hellyer Center is 347–27 over the last 20 years, an incredible winning percentage of .928. Nine times the Warriors have gone undefeated at home for an entire season.

Indian Hills won an NJCAA Division I record three consecutive national titles in the 1990s.  The Warriors have won at least a share of the conference regular season title in eight of the last nine years.

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Cross Country (Men)

Men's Cross Country was added to the intercollegiate sports offered at Indian Hills Community College in the fall of 2007, providing an avenue for talented distance runners from Iowa and elsewhere to compete at the college level. It also offers students who have not run competitively in the past the opportunity to develop their running abilities and participate in college athletics.

The men's cross country meets are generally run over an 8,000 meter (8K) course. The Warriors' preseason and in-season training takes place on a specially designed course on the Ottumwa Campus and off-campus, as well.

The fall schedule usually includes around six regular season meets, the Region XI (conference) meet, a district championship and the national championship meet. The goal of the Indian Hills men's cross country team is to compete at the regional and, ultimately, the national level.

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Cross Country (Women)

Women's Cross Country was added to the intercollegiate sports offered at Indian Hills Community College in the fall of 2007, providing an avenue for talented distance runners from Iowa and elsewhere to compete at the college level. It also offers students who have not run competitively in the past the opportunity to develop their running abilities and participate in college athletics.

The women's cross country meets are generally run over a 5,000 meter (5K) course. The Warriors' preseason and season training takes place on a specially-designed course on the Ottumwa Campus, and off-campus, as well.

The fall schedule usually includes around six regular season meets, the Region XI (conference) meet, a district championship, and the national championship meet. The goal of the Indian Hills women's cross country team is to compete at the regional and, ultimately, the national level.

Indian Hills had an All-American in its first season, when Lauren Jones qualified for the NJCAA National Championship meet.

Last year, the IHCC women's team was named the Academic Team of the Year in the NJCAA, with a team grade point average of 3.67 that was the best in the nation in the sport.

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Golf

With a dominant performance, winning by 16 strokes over the second-place team, Indian Hills in 2014 won its third golf national championship in the last four years.  When IHCC won the 2011 national title, the Warriors became the first so-called northern school to win the crown in the NJCAA Division I.

The Indian Hills golf program has been amazing for its consistency with 35 straight trips to the NJCAA National Tournament.  They have finished in the top six at the national tourney for 18 out of the last 19 seasons.

In addition to its team success, Indian Hills has also had four golfers win the individual national championship. IHCC has had 46 NJCAA All–Americans and over a dozen Ping All–Americans.

The Warriors' schedule includes both fall and spring tournaments with the early tourneys in the spring played in warm weather venues. The golf team uses both the Ottumwa Country Club and the Cedar Creek Municipal Course in Ottumwa for practice and home meets.

Mike Hagen has been the head golf coach at IHCC for the past nine years. He was named the national Coach of the Year in 2011, '12 and '14 and coached a team of USA all-stars that traveled to South Africa in 2008 and was a co–coach of the U.S. squad that played in the World University Championships in the Czech Republic in 2012.

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Soccer (Men's)

Indian Hills has had seven seasons with a men's soccer team and has played its home matches on an impressive on-campus field the past two seasons. After playing their home contests at the Walsh Soccer Complex in Ottumwa since the program's inception in 2007, IHCC, for the past two years, has been able to practice and play on the new field located adjacent to the softball field on the east edge of campus.

The Warriors have become very competitive in the short time the college has fielded a soccer team. In recent years, they have battled the top ICCAC teams in the state — Iowa Western, NIACC, Iowa Central, Marshalltown, and Iowa Lakes —  recording a few upsets of those teams in recent years.

Opponents for Indian Hills also include other community colleges in Iowa as well as two–year schools from Illinois and Minnesota and some junior varsity teams from four–year schools in Iowa.

Soccer has become increasingly popular at the high school level in Iowa and offering the sport at Indian Hills gives talented players from the area surrounding Ottumwa and throughout the state another option for continuing their education and soccer careers.

Tryouts for the team are held in the spring and summer and preseason practice begins in August. The regular season schedule usually starts in late August and the season runs through October, with the postseason region, district and national tournaments played in late October and early November.

Doug Seigle, a former college and professional soccer player, took over as the head men's soccer coach at Indian Hills prior to the 2010 season.

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Soccer (Women's)

Indian Hills has had a women's soccer team for seven years and has played its home matches on-campus for the past two campaigns. After playing their home contests at the Walsh Soccer Complex in Ottumwa since the program's inception in 2007, IHCC, for the past two years, has been able to practice and play on the new field located adjacent to the softball field on the east edge of campus.

The schedule each year includes matches against other community colleges in Iowa as well as two–year schools from Illinois and Minnesota and some junior varsity teams from four–year schools in Iowa.

Soccer has become increasingly popular at the high school level in Iowa and offering the sport at Indian Hills gives talented players from the area surrounding Ottumwa and throughout the state another option for continuing their education and soccer careers.

Tryouts for the team are held in the spring and summer and preseason practice begins in August. The regular season schedule usually starts in late August and the season runs through October, with the postseason region, district and national tournaments played in late October and early November.

Doug Seigle, a former college and professional soccer player, took over as the head men's soccer coach at Indian Hills prior to the 2010 season.

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Softball

2014 Softball Media Guide (PDF)

Indian Hills started a softball program on the Centerville campus back in the 1970s and fielded a team on the Ottumwa campus for the first time in the 1988–89 academic year. In the spring season that year, IHCC qualified for the national tournament by winning the state postseason junior college tournament. Two years later, the Warriors started a streak of 15 straight national tourney appearances, a run that lasted through the 2005 season. They made another trip to the NJCAA national tournament in 2010.

The Warrior softball team is one of five Iowa community college teams that play in Division I of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (Marshalltown CC joined the conference for 2014-15) and is in Region 11 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Indian Hills plays a fall schedule against both two–year and four–year schools. The Warriors' spring schedule is made up primarily of opponents from other two–year schools in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. Indian Hills has taken a season–opening trip to the southeastern part of the United States every year for over a decade, in recent years traveling to play in Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama to begin the spring schedule.

Indian Hills has an excellent indoor practice facility, the newly-renovated Tom Arnold Net Center on the Ottumwa Campus, which it utilizes during the winter months in preparation for the spring campaign. Home games are played at the beautiful R. L. Hellyer Field, adjacent to the Net Center.

There have been 36 softball All–Americans in the program's history and at least one player has earned NJCAA Academic honors every year since 1992. The Indian Hills softball team has also distinguished itself off the field, having been named an NJCAA Softball All–Academic Team for the past 15 years in a row.

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Volleyball

Indian Hills Community College began its intercollegiate volleyball program in the mid- 1990s and the Warriors made consecutive national tournament appearances in 2004 and '05.

The Warriors initially played their home matches in the Hellyer Student Life Center on the Indian Hills' Ottumwa Campus before moving to the Tom Arnold Net Center. The newly-renovated Net Center is where the Warriors practice and play their home matches.

Indian Hills competes in Division I of the NJCAA. Their schedule includes other Iowa community colleges, matches against some four–year schools' junior varsity teams, and other schools in the Midwest. The team has also taken trips to Salt Lake City, Utah, Wyoming and Florida.

When the Warriors earned back–to–back berths in the NJCAA national tournament in 2004 and '05, they finished third and fourth, respectively. The program has had two players selected as first–team All–Americans — Jebet Sang in 2004 and Jill Hoeck in 2005, and Olesya Bakhareva was a second–team All–American in '05.

Terry Carlson was hired to begin the volleyball program at IHCC and he had two different stints as the head coach, leading the Warriors to their first national tourney berth.  Tori Fowler was the coach when the Warriors made their return trip to the tourney and Lyndsey Lyon was named head coach following Carlson's retirement at the end of the 2011 season.

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