Having eclipsed the 1,000-win mark in 2015, Spring Arbor University head Coach Sam Riggleman is one of the four-member 2016 ABCA Hall of Fame class. Since 2005, he has led the Cougars to a 358-190 record with five NAIA National Tournament appearances, three regular season conference championships, two conference tournament titles and a runner-up finish in the 2007 NAIA World Series. His career record of 1,004-639-2 has been recorded over nearly four decades at SAU, Dallas Baptist, Bethel College, Southern Illinois and Mount Vernon Nazarene.
IP: What does it mean to you to be recognized as a Hall of Famer?
SR: “I’m humbled by the fact that I’m recognized by my peers to receive this award. That makes it really special, when you’re recognized by the guys in the profession, to join that fraternity, if you will. The interesting thing is that for years and years, I’ve been attending the ABCA Hall of Fame banquet and many times I don’t know a lot of the guys that are inducted personally. What’s really interesting to see is what kind of men they are and how they invest in their players. To be a part of that adds credibility to what this pursuit is all about. It’s phenomenal, when you look at that list of names. I’m grateful for my wife and family- who have been extremely supportive- and my past and current players and coaches.”
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