Faith-Based Summer Collegiate Baseball Team

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Get to Know the Coaches!

Baseball’s Genesee Rapids return to Houghton this summer and again will be led by the highly experienced Tyler Rost. A former first team All-American at Cedarville University and professional for the Alpine Cowboys in Texas, Rost showcased his prowess during his inaugural season last year leading the Rapids to 21 team wins, to shatter a league record and to produce the MVP of the annual All-Star game. Coach Rost, aside from winning games, also desires to see his team members grow in Christ through the game of baseball.

Joining Rost for a second season, assistant Coach Bill Swanson also possesses a rich baseball background, which includes working as the batting practice pitcher for 13 years with the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. When the Rapids are not in season, he serves as the assistant baseball coach at Alfred State University. Coach Swanson has a great love for baseball and for Christ and wants to share those attributes with all of the members of the Rapids.

The coaching staff will be finalized with the addition of Chad Muise, a member of the 2014 Rapids’ team, who will serve as the pitching coach and director of the annual Kids Baseball Camp. Muise is currently a senior pitcher on the Houghton College baseball team. As a communications major with a minor in sports ministry, Chad should transition smoothly in his fresh role for the Rapids. He comments, “Being a player last year is a big help because it allows me to know Coach Rost, know the league and know the organization.” Muise also adds, “I am most excited to be in a role of leadership to share my knowledge and passion of the game with younger guys. A majority of the players in this league aspire to a future in baseball, and I want to work with them.” Like Coach Rost and Swanson, Chad additionally wants to spiritually invest in the men. “The overall goal is to have them leave here feeling better in every aspect of their lives,” he states.

This coaching staff will strive to stay true to the Genesee Rapids mission statement, “to present to baseball players, coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of living for Jesus Christ in a needy world, through the game of baseball. With this at the forefront, the leaders hope to bring measurable success to the program this summer!

Check the complete game schedule and follow the Rapids at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com or on Facebook or Twitter @geneseerapids

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, a sophomore Communications and Business major at Houghton College


The 2014 Season is History



August 28, 2014

The inaugural season of the Genesee Rapids Baseball team is over. Thanks to all the players, coaches, volunteers and fans who contributed to the success of the season. The players grew in their game as well as matured in their faith. 

The Rapids finished one game out of the playoffs in the Western Division of the NYCBL, considered by all an outstanding result for a new franchise. Finishing out the season just shy of playoffs was disappointing but we have numerous proud moments to reflect on in 2014.

Highlights include...

  • Players and Coach Rost had ministry opportunities in area churches
  • Players completed a community service project, painting the exterior of the Houghton Movement and Dance Studio Building
  • 21 team wins
  • Over 3,000 people attended home games
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Team Apparel


Rapids Swag available at the Rapids Store, in "Buddy's Place"
9726 Rte. 19, Houghton, NY
Call 716-969-0688


NYCBL

The New York Collegiate Baseball League is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball, founded in 1978. The league affords college players the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by Major League Baseball scouts. The NYCBL is located in Upstate New York and a small portion of the league's annual budget is funded by Major League Baseball.

Teams play a 46 game regular season schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week in July. All games are 9 innings, with most doubleheaders scheduled on the weekends. The All-Star game is played in early July, and the League Championship Series concludes in the first week of August.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was established in 1954. Their mission is to challenge coaches and athletes from youth to professional levels to impact the world for Jesus Christ through their gift of athletics.

The FCA equips, empowers, and encourages their athletes to make a difference for Christ as they serve their local communities.
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