MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
In the middle 1980’s, Mineral Area College baseball coach Harold ‘Hal’ Loughary had a dream of the college having its own baseball field. Little did he know that more than 20 years later that dream would be finalized, as his name was placed on the outfield fence.
Loughary threw out the first pitch for the very first game after the field’s dedication on April 13, 2004, and four year’s later, on April 19, 2008, he threw out another first pitch. This time in honor of the field being named the “Harold ‘Hal’ Loughary Field” in honor of his 20 years as head coach of the baseball program from 1968-1987.
College president Steve Kurtz welcomed the crowd of more than 200 who had come out for the dedication despite the inclement weather. "From what I understand, he was a coach who had a great rapport with his players and with the community, preparing them for not only the baseball field, but for life and careers in general," Kurtz said. "When you think about it, that's the best career record to have." Retired Athletic Director and basketball coach Bob Sechrest gave a colorful rendition of his coaching days alongside Loughary. Bob Horn, who played for Loughary in 1975 represented the players in honoring their ex-coach. Several of the speakers expressed that Coach Loughary “not only taught baseball, but he also taught lessons of life to his players.”
MAC Board of Trustees president Harvey Faircloth, with the assistance of baseball coach Jim Gerwitz and several players, unveiled the signs that would proudly display the new name of the field on the left-center field fence and also in front of the field where entering fans would first see it. Coach Loughary was given a replica of the entrance sign.
"I have absolutely no regrets about my two decades at MAC," Loughary said. "They were the best years of my life and I met a lot of great people, many of them are young men who played for me. Many outstanding young men who were affiliated with MAC baseball went on to successful careers. I enjoyed and respected them all. We remember our kids who made it to the major leagues as Tim Lollar, Scott Little, Steve Bieser. We also remember those who share the game by teaching and coaching like Mark Hogan, head baseball coach at SEMO and Keith Guten who coached at Southwest Missouri State for many years." The 79-year-old retired coach lives in Farmington and enjoys hearing from his former players.
Hal Loughary Field: Fall 2009
Hal Loughary Field: Fall 2014