UHV Receives Pre-Season Recognition From NAIA Coaches

The 2009 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll has been released and the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars baseball team is ranked 27thin the country.UHV just missed cracking the pre-season top 25 and received enough votes to be tied for 27th with William Penn University (Iowa).

“This is a sign that other coaches recognize what we did last year and what is also expected of us this coming season,” Head Coach Terry Puhl said. “Beginning in January we have to go out and take care of business.”

UHV will get an opportunity to face a couple of the teams this season with games scheduled against number 15 Louisiana State University – Shreveport and 17th ranked Texas Wesleyan.

“We made a conscious effort for 2009 to try to schedule teams that were ranked in the top 25 at the end of last year or played in a regional tournament,” UHV Athletic Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “We felt we didn’t get the recognition we deserved last season after compiling a 29-5 record.”

Three time defending champion Lewis Clark State (Idaho) will begin the 2009 season as the top ranked team in the country.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the 24 conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The first regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Feb. 24, 2009.

The Jaguars will begin their season in late January.The final touches are still being put on the 2009 schedule Walyuchow said.

2009 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll – (Nov. 11) 


1 2 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)(21)  58-7 591 
2 Lee University (Tenn.) 63-10  572 
3 Embery-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)  44-18  533 
4 20  Biola University (Calif.)  35-18  498 
5 19  Spring Arbor University (Mich.)  40-9  491 
11  Bellevue University (Neb.)  55-17  479 
7 14  Union College (Ky.)  48-18  478 
Azuna Pacific University (Calif.)  46-12  446 
University of Mobile (Ala.)  43-16  415 
10  Cumberlands (Ky.)  43-6  409 
11  RV  Cumberland University (Tenn.)  46-21  363 
12  RV  Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.)  39-17  352 
13  12  University of St. Francis (Ill.)  42-11  343 
14  Tennessee Wesleyan College  44-16  340 
15  18  Louisiana State University-Shreveport  47-16  328 
16  10  Fresno Pacific University (Calif.)  36-14  319 
17  25  Texas Wesleyan University  46-16  310 
18  15  Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.)  43-21  304 
19  24  Missouri Baptist University  39-16  249 
20  17  Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)  37-16  246 
21  23  Warner University (Fla.)  35-24  211 
22  NR  Ohio Dominican University  40-16  172 
23  NR  Jamestown College (N.D.)  32-20  118 
24  16  Madonna University (Mich.)  37-14  112 
25  NR  Belhaven College (Miss.)  41-17  88 

Others receiving votes: College of Idaho (Idaho) 83; William Penn University (Iowa) 73; University of Houston - Victoria (TX) 73; Montreat College (N.C.) 60; Malone University (Ohio) 51; Faulkner University (Ala.) 50; Kansas Wesleyan University 43; Saint Xavier University (Ill.) 32; Morningside College (Iowa) 20; Saint Thomas University (Fla.) 20; Park University (Mo.) 19; Union University (Tenn.) 18; Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) 13; California Baptist University 12; The Master's College (Calif.) 4; Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio) 3; Georgetown College (Ky.) 3; Berry College (Ga.) 1; King College (Tenn.) 1; Friends University (Kan.) 1; Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 1; Dickinson State University (N.D.) 1; Northwood University (Texas) 1; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 1; Campbellsville University (Ky.) 1; York College (Neb.) 1; Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) 1; Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) 1; University of British Columbia 1; Taylor University (Ind.) 1; William Carey University (Miss.)

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow