Sept. 14 – HIRAM, Ohio – Hiram College, the Terrier baseball program and Director of Athletics, Ellen Dempsey, are pleased to announce that with the help of generous alumni contributions, the Terriers have raised enough funds to begin a new project at the Hiram baseball field. Hiram will soon break ground on a new fencing and warning track project and the updated facility will now be known as Fishel Field at Proverbs Park.
The renovation project will focus on upgrading the baseball facility to help improve the playing and game-day experience for current and future players, and fans, alike.
A new, permanent, fence will be installed around the perimeter of the baseball field and will include fencing for both bullpens and dugouts. In addition, a new back-stop will be installed in the field to help with safety for both players and fans.
Along with the fencing, which will be a stationary fixture to the facility, both warning tracks and foul poles will be added. The warning track will run along the entirety of the outfield fence, and will also be place in front of the back stop.
"On behalf of the entire Hiram Baseball program, I would like to extend a huge "thank you" to all of the generous people who helped fund this renovation project," comment Terrier head coach Howard Jenter. "The upgrades to the facility will be a shot in the arm to our program and will be a benefit to not only our current players, but future recruits as well."
With the new changes, the facility will look like a brand new park. Therefore, the Terriers decided to upgrade the name as well. Fittingly, Hiram has decided to pay homage to one of the great baseball coaches in school history, Bill Proverbs, renaming the stadium to Fishel Field at Proverbs Park.
Bill Proverbs led the Terrier baseball program for 32 seasons from 1960 through the 1991 campaign. During that time, Coach Proverbs led the Terriers to three NCAA tournament appearances. He also led the program to four conference championships (three in the Ohio Athletic Conference and one in the Presidents' Athletic Conference), while totaling six second-place finishes.
Totaling 15 winning seasons throughout his tenure, Coach Proverbs posted 194 victories in conference play, tallying a winning percentage of .572. He coached 94 all-conference selections, including 61 First-Team honorees.
"I am very excited that we are going to get to honor Coach Proverbs with the naming of the park," stated Jenter, who played for Proverbs from 1984-87. "Everyone knows him as the coach that put Hiram baseball on the map. After leading the Terriers for three decades and touching the lives of so many student-athletes, I can't think of anyone who is more deserving of the honor."
The official presentation and naming ceremony will take place at half time of the football game on Homecoming Weekend, Saturday, October 21. All baseball alumni are encouraged to join the grid iron club at the North end of Henry Field for a day of celebration honoring Coach Proverbs as we unveil the new Fishel Field at Proverbs Park.