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Baseball Gates Named in Honor of Crowder and Muckel

May 16, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Liberty Athletics department has announced the naming of the entrance gates at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in honor of Dave Crowder and John Muckel.

Dave Crowder and his wife Dina and John Muckel and his wife Linda provided the original gifts which allowed the Liberty baseball program to build and open the Crowder/Muckel Field House adjacent to the program's original home, Worthington Stadium, in 2003. The field house served as the home of the Liberty baseball program until this past summer when the program moved to the new Liberty Baseball Stadium. The gates were named in appreciation of the support that helped to make the former field house at Worthington Stadium possible.

"My wife, Dina, and I were honored to support the baseball program in helping fund the original clubhouse," stated Crowder, a member of the 1974 baseball team, the first team in program history.

"My years in the baseball program gave me a front row seat of experiencing how a Christ-centered sports program can be a positive testimony for the Lord, the University and our families.  The leadership of Coach Worthington and his example had more influence in my life than anyone else other than my parents and I truly appreciate the opportunity I had to be a part of the program and to sit under his leadership.