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Derrion Hardie   |   Head Baseball / Catchers & Offensive Coach

E-mail: dhardie@ecollege.edu

Office Phone: 479-248-7236

Baseball: Derrion Hardie

Derrion Hardie was hired to lead the development of the baseball program at Ecclesia College, which began play in 2013. He has pioneered Royals Baseball to five consecutive winning seasons and post-season berths and executed a five year vision plan to qualify for the World Series. The baseball program qualified for the 2017 NCCAA World Series and finished the season nationally ranked #7. Hardie has guided the program to 140 wins in five seasons and has become the all-time winningest head coach in the Athletic Department at Ecclesia College. He currently has an overall record of 614-304 as a head coach at the collegiate and high school levels.

The Royals are affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as well as the Victory Collegiate Baseball Conference (VCBC) and play NAIA and NCAA teams during the regular and post seasons.

2017 marked the most successful season in the five years of the program’s history. The Royals finished 33-23 and went 1-3 in pool play action in their first ever appearance in NCCAA World Series held in Cincinnati, Ohio at beautiful Prasco Park. Evidence of the strength of the Royals' pool was seen with NCAA DII Oklahoma Baptist University and NAIA Campbellsville University advancing from the Royals' pool to the semi-finals and proceeding to meet each other in the National Championship game. Oklahoma Baptist defeated Campbellsville University 7-6 on walk off in the tenth inning. Ecclesia received an at-large bid to the NCCAA World Series. The World Series At-Large Selection Committee chose the Royals due to their overall body of work. They finished the regular season 30-19 and although they did not win their Central Region Tournament, they produced a good showing going 2-1 in pool play that included a shut out win versus the #2 seed NCAA DII Colorado Christian University.

The 2017 season brought many team and individual accolades for the Royals. Defensively as a team the Royals finished the year nationally ranked #25 fielding percentage (.946). On the mound, the pitching staff finished the year nationally ranked #7 in earned run average (4.5). Individually on the mound, Madison Bates (JR/RHP) from Springdale, AR finished nationally ranked #2 in wins (10) and #18 in ERA (3.53). Mason Alexander (SO/RHP) from Scurry, TX finished nationally ranked #7 in wins (7) and #5 in ERA (2.61). Jacob Martinez (FR/RHP) from Elsa, TX finished nationally ranked #6 in wins (8), #24 in ERA (3.9) and #25 in K’s (69). Offensively as a team the Royals finished the year nationally ranked #8 stolen bases (84), #9 walks (220), #11 runs batted in (305), #11 runs (359), #11 doubles (95), #12 in on base percentage (.386), #17 in batting average (.285), #19 in slugging percentage (.392), #22 triples (9) and #23 hits (451). Individually at the plate, three Royals finished nationally ranked in the top 25 in several categories. JT Stalnaker (JR/C) from Tallahassee, FL finished #7 batting average (.399), #11 slugging percentage (.631), #11 on base percentage (.490), #13 doubles (18) and #18 runs batted in (49). Stevie Morphew (FR/OF) from Tolar, TX finished #5 triples (6) and #13 runs scored (55). Matt Garrison (SO/OF) from Springdale, AR finished #1 stolen bases (34), #10 walks (38) and #22 runs scored (50). Twelve Royals garnered post-season accolades. Stalnaker was selected as a 3rd Team All-American. Cameron Dougherty (SO/2B) from Coppell, TX received All-World Series Tournament Team honors, Stalnaker and Bates were named to the All-Arkansas Collegiate Baseball Team, which is made up from the state’s colleges/universities that have baseball programs ranging from NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA and JUCO players. Stalnaker, Bates and Morphew received All-Central Region honors. Twelve Royals received All-Conference honors highlighted by Stalnaker and Bates who were selected Conference Player-of-the-Year and Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year respectively in the Victory Collegiate Baseball Conference.

The 2016 season completed the fourth year of the program’s history with a 26-24 record and the program’s fourth consecutive winning season and post-season berth since the 2013 inaugural season. The Royals finished #15 in the final national standings. On the mound, Taylor Burnett (Sr/LHP) from Alabaster, AL finished nationally ranked #14 in wins (7). Offensively as a team, the Royals finished the year nationally ranked #4 in walks (226), #6 in on base percentage (.421), #6 in runs (353), #8 in runs batted in (294), #8 in stolen bases (81), #11 in batting average (.303), #11 in doubles (85), #18 in slugging percentage (.405) and #21 in hits (433). Individually at the plate, three Royals finished nationally ranked in the top 25 in several categories. Matt Garrision (Fr/OF) from Springdale, AR finished #2 in runs scored (67), #2 in stolen bases (35), #15 in walks (34), #16 in on base percentage (.503) and #20 in batting average (.390). JT Stalnaker (So/C) from Tallahassee, FL finished #2 in runs batted in (55), #24 in doubles (16) and #25 in total bases (97). Aaron Means (Fr/OF) from Gravette, AR finished #16 in batting average (.395) and #20 in on base percentage (.497). Three Royals garnered post-season accolades. Stalnaker was selected as a 2nd Team All-American. Stalnaker and Garrison were named to the All-Arkansas Collegiate Baseball Team, which is made up from the state’s colleges/universities that have baseball programs ranging from NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA and JUCO players. Stalnaker, Garrison and Means received All-Central Region honors.

2015 marked the third year of the program’s history with a 27-23 record, qualifying for its third NCCAA Central Region Tournament berth, finishing #11 in the NCCAA final national standings and four players signing professional contracts for the first time in program history. Alec Naifeh, Leonardo Parisella, Eckersley Villasmil and Yohan Melendez signed to play professionally with independent professional leagues. On the mound, Alec Naifeh (Sr/RHP) from Sapulpa, OK finished nationally ranked #4 in saves (8) as the Royals’ closer. Defensively, the Royals finished the year nationally ranked #17 in fielding percentage (.955). Offensively, the Royals finished the year nationally ranked #8 in on base percentage (.391), #15 in stolen bases (68), #16 in runs scored (263), #18 in batting average (.288), #22 in runs batted in (217) and #22 in slugging percentage (.390). Individually at the plate, Osvaldo Rosas (So/C) from Deer Park, TX finished #20 in on base percentage (.477). One Royal received regional honors. Michael Sage (Sr/3B) was named Honorable Mention All-Central Region and Naifeh and Sage were selected to the All-Arkansas Collegiate Baseball Team.

In 2014, Hardie directed the Royals to a 27-26 record in the program's second year, qualified for the NCCAA Central Region Tournament and finished #19 in the final NCCAA national standings. On the mound, the Royals’ pitching staff finished the year nationally ranked 17th in strikeouts (284) averaging 5.3 strikeouts per game. Justin Southerland (So/RHP) from Bigalow, AR finished nationally ranked 6th in strike outs (78), 10th in ERA (2.14) and tied for 25th in wins (6). Offensively, the Royals finished the year nationally ranked 9th in OBP (.397), 16th in runs scored (309), 16th in walks (184), 21st in batting average (.292), 22nd in runs batted in (239), 25th in stolen bases (85) and 25th in slugging percentage (.369). Individually at the plate, Eckersley Villasmil (So/UT) from Maracaibo, Venezuela and Guy Halbert (Fr/3B) from Lonoke, AR finished tied at 17th in the nation in batting average (.395). Halbert also finished 5th nationally in on base percentage (.515) and Villasmil 17th in runs batted in (40). Four Royals received All-Central Region honors. Villasmil was selected 1st Team, Gerry Sifuentes (Jr/2B) from Richardson, TX was selected 2nd Team, Southerland was selected Honorable Mention and Halbert was selected Honorable Mention. In addition, Villasmil was selected to the All-Arkansas Collegiate Baseball Team.

In the program's inaugural season, Hardie guided the Royals to the #1 seed for the Central Region Tournament, finishing as the runner-up and one game away from the NCCAA College World Series. For their efforts, the Royals finished the year with a 27-22 record and #18 in the final NCCAA national standings. On the mound, the Royals pitching staff finished the year nationally ranked 6th in strike outs (301) averaging 7.40 strike outs per game. David Torres (Fr/RHP) from Maracaibo, Venezuela finished ranked 11th in earned run average (2.45) and 6th with strike outs (72). Justin Southerland (Fr/RHP) from Bigelow, AR finished nationally ranked 8th with strike outs (67). Statistically as an offensive team, the Royals finished the year nationally ranked 12th in batting average (.298), 14th in slugging percentage (.397), 7th in on base percentage (.394), 13th in runs scored (265), 19th in runs batted in (215), 20th in doubles (68), 23rd in walks (140) and 15th in stolen bases (71). Individually at the plate, Chris Rega (Fr/OF) from Conway, AR and Randy Montes de Oca (Fr/DH) from Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela finished the year nationally ranked 2nd and 7th respectively in doubles. Two of Hardie's players were recognized at the national and regional levels in the Royals' first year of play. Eckersley Villasmil (Fr/C) from Maracaibo, Venezuela was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American and 1st Team All-Central Region player. In addition, D. Torres joined Villasmil on the All-Central Region 1st Team. Villasmil hit .348 with 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 26 runs batted in. Villasmil was the cog of the Royals defense, neutralizing opponent’s running game, throwing out 38 base runners in just 45 stolen base attempts. Torres was a deceptive 4-7 on the mound, but the Central Region Selection Committee took notice that in 59.1 innings of work, he gave up just 24 earned runs, had 72 strike outs and an earn run average of 2.45 going head-to-head with most opponents #1 pitcher during a weekend series.

Royals Baseball has not only found success on the field in its first five years of collegiate baseball, but in the classroom as well with a 3.01 cumulative program grade point average (GPA).

Hardie was appointed the NCCAA Baseball Central Region Chair in 2013 and served a three year term in the region as the post-season playoff administrator.

As the head baseball coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Hardie's teams consistently finished at the top of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in team offense and defense. The GPAC is an elite conference known as “America’s small college super conference.” His Red Raiders teams were most known for their offensive production that earned them national recognition in the NAIA top 20 in various team statistical categories, such as his 2003 team that finished 16th in the nation in team home runs (43). That same year, Hardie had a player ranked 2nd in the nation in batting average (.493), 5th in the nation in home runs (17) and 12th in the nation in runs batted in (57). While at Northwestern College, he coached two NAIA All-American Players.

Prior to his time at Northwestern College, Hardie served as the catchers and hitting coach at his alma mater, the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While Hardie was at USF, the Cougars qualified for the post-season and he assisted with the development of the 2001 Great Plains Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year, Adam Heiden, and 1st Team NAIA All-American Outfielder, Joe Bolstad, who went on to sign a professional contract.

In addition to his collegiate coaching, Hardie spent ten years as a highly successful high school head baseball coach in Minnesota and South Dakota. His teams qualified for the State Tournament nine of his ten years, reaching the State Championship Game five times, winning two State Championships and receiving two State Coach-of-the-Year honors. During his high school coaching career, Hardie coached 29 All-State Players and 46 All-Region Players. Furthermore, he had 18 of his players sign National Letters of Intent as high as the NCAA Division I.

Hardie has been married to his wife, Lisa for 23 years and they have three children: Sierra (20), Zach (17) and Madisyn (7).