BGHS Bobcat Baseball

Jim Beaverson
Head Varsity Coach

 

Jim grew up in Bowling Green (BG) where his love and passion for baseball took hold at the neighborhood sandlots of Rainey Field, Kenwood School, the Junior High, and the old Pee Wee League Park. Almost every summer day he and his friends would leave in the early morning to play ball and return home in early evening. His skills were enhanced by the many selfless coaches he had growing up – his father, the Messengers, the Tracy’s, Mr. Schwind, Loring Todd, but mostly by Mike Lanseer and Chris Dill upon entering high school.

Coach Beaverson’s Junior Varsity team went 14-0. His 1985 and 1986 Varsity teams won the Northern Lakes League with his senior year seeing the team have an 18 game winning streak (23-1) snapped in the regionals against Upper Arlington who was ranked #1 in the Country by USA Today. Upon graduation Jim continued his baseball at Defiance College (DC), where BG native Craig Rutter was at the helm. Jim was a four year starter, named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All District 22 his junior and senior years. He holds numerous career and single season records at DC including homeruns, walks, RBI’s, and assists. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and later received his Master of Business and Organizational Leadership (2003) and Master of Business Administration (2009). In 2000, after selling his two bowling centers, Jim returned to Defiance College as an admissions officer and also assisted Coach Rutter and the baseball team for two years. 

Jim and his wife Stacy, married in 1996, and their two boys, Keaton, a freshman at Wittenberg University, and Peyton a BGHS junior, moved to Bowling Green in August of 2018 from Maumee where they had resided since 2005. Coach Beaverson has served many non-profit organization boards over the years including the Maumee Little League and Dream Park Baseball. He has been an active coach since 2007 with house teams, travel teams, while also organizing and hosting baseball clinics and camps to help area youth improve their baseball skills. Jim was responsible for designing and creating two indoor baseball training facilities. Coach Beaverson is honored to be back in Bowling Green and with the Bobcat Baseball Program. He hopes to build upon the great work and success of the past, while leading his players, the program, and the BG area baseball community into the future!         

 

Fred Riggs
Assistant Varsity Coach

 

Fred grew up an Air Force ‘brat’, living in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and the Azores, Portugal, but spent his formative years in Colorado. He began little league baseball at the age of four and played travel/all-star ball from 12 years old through high school. In New Mexico he played JV and Varsity baseball and high school softball in Portugal, as baseball was not an option. 

Fred and Libby, his wife of 24 years, have two sons, Ricky 23 and Joshua 20, who both are BGHS Baseball Alumnus. Both played at least two of their four years at the varsity level. Ricky graduated at Rochester College, where he was a starting middle infielder for the Warriors, and a 2 time Academic All-American. Joshua attended BGSU, was in Air Force ROTC, and on the BGSU Club Baseball team.

In his ‘day job’, he is a paramedic and firefighter in Sylvania, but his heart is always with baseball. Fred has been coaching baseball for 12 years and part of the BGHS coaching staff for seven, while also coaching many youth, travel, and fall baseball teams. For the last four summers, Coach Riggs has been an assistant for a 19U American Legion team. He feels privileged to have had the pleasure of coaching some very good ball players alongside some excellent and influential coaches over the years. He continues to learn from the game, its players, and other Coaches. Fred absolutely loves baseball, Bowling Green, and our high school! 

In addition to coaching, he is very involved in Boy Scouts and has served as a volunteer for the past 12 years and is the Scoutmaster of Troop 358 (both of his boys are Eagle Scouts). Coach Riggs is also a volunteer board member at Carter Park’s BG Pee Wee League and has served for the past 10 years as Vice President and Travel Commissioner. Although he did not grow up here, Bowling Green has become his hometown and he will always be a Bobcat at heart. Go Cats!

 

Tanner Trent
Head Coach Junior Varsity A

 

Tanner Trent is a 2014 graduate of Perkins High School, Sandusky, where he was a four-year letter winner in both baseball and golf. Throughout Tanner's baseball career at Perkins, he was a three-time conference champion, and his team tied the school record for most wins in a season at 27. In Tanner's four years he and the team had a combined record of 89 wins and 24 loses. During Tanner's senior year, his team was Sandusky Bay Conference Champions, Sectional Champions, District Champions, Regional Champions, and had the honor to play down in Columbus in the State Final Four. Perkins was knocked off by Bloom Carroll who then went on to win the Division II State Championship. 

After graduation, Tanner attended BGSU Firelands for two years. While living at home, Tanner gave back to his school and had the opportunity for two seasons to coach JV golf, as well as Freshmen and JV baseball. After his two years at BGSU Firelands, Tanner transferred to main campus Bowling Green, where he is studying education. Tanner plans on teaching social studies for grade levels 7-12. Tanner will graduate in the spring of 2019.

Outside of the baseball diamond, Tanner enjoys playing golf. Tanner is on the Bowling Green State University Club Golf Team.  He has had the opportunity to play in multiple tournaments with his club mates.  In addition, Tanner has qualified to play in the City of Sandusky Championship for the past several years.  

Tanner was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, just a few miles away from the roller coaster capital of the world- Cedar Point.  Tanner is one of four children. He has two older sisters, and an identical twin brother who is also majoring in education at Bowling Green State University.  Tanner’s mother who is a BGSU alumni is currently an elementary school counselor for Sandusky City Schools and has 34 years of educational experience.  Tanner’s father has 37 years of experience as a team member of the Sandusky City Schools Maintenance Department.

Coach Trent is excited to join the Bobcat Baseball Program.  He is eager to meet the players, coaching staff, and families.  Coach Trent looks forward to having a great season.  

 

Rick Githens
Junior Varsity B Head Coach

 

Rick Githens is a 1978 graduate of Centerville HS where he played basketball and baseball. He then went onto Ohio State University (OSU) receiving a bachelor degree in broadcast journalism and a master degree in strength training and athletic conditioning. While at OSU he was a graduate assistant strength coach for Earle Bruce and the strength and conditioning coach for Hilliard High School. He was a rower for Ohio State. 

After graduation, he worked in the corporate fitness field for three years before entering the US Army where he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1989 as a Special Operations Medical Sergeant. He served for 16 years, in Kuwait, Kosovo, Haiti and has been to more than 35 countries. 

He continued to compete in sports being named the Central Ohio Triathlete of the Year for 1986 and competing in multi-sport events until 2003. He also has served as a police officer and SWAT officer and was a part-time instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy until 2011. 

He returned to baseball coaching when his son began playing and has coached youth baseball since 2007, and has been a private instructor since 2015 for Total Sports and The Athlete Factory. Coach Githens also serves the Northwest Ohio baseball community through his business, Pitching Plus, giving area youth pitching, hitting, and strength conditioning instruction. He is currently writing books about physical training for youth baseball and tactical fitness training. Rick is a father of a daughter, Halle, attending the University of Toledo and sons Cameron and Owynn, students at Perrysburg High School.

 

Kevin Atwood
Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Kevin grew up in Springdale, Ohio and developed a passion for team sports early on in his life.  He loved the comradery and competition that sports offered, while always keeping in mind that team success came first.  His baseball career as a player spanned from tee ball through high school, but ended there.  He moved to Bowling Green to attend BGSU and major in Athletic Training in the fall of 1991, and graduated with a B.S. in Education in the Spring of 1996.  

After college graduation, he returned to the Cincinnati area and was able to reunite with the sport he loved, in a way, by playing men’s softball.  Throughout his career his play earned him All-City, All-State, All-American, and All-World honors at multiple levels of play.  By the end of his career, Kevin was playing for a Top 10 Nationally ranked team.  Playing softball at the highest level taught Coach Atwood about the mental and physical preparation needed, as well as the steady emotional approach necessary to compete.

In 2001, Kevin and his family moved back to Bowling Green because they were in search of the wonderful community atmosphere that BG provides.  He began coaching baseball at Carter Park in 2006 and has coached every season for the past 12 years.  For the past 6 years, he has coached the Black Swamp Monsters, a Nations Premier/USSSA Major travel team based out of Bowling Green.  His experience with coaching young players in a highly competitive environment has prepared Kevin to help create a culture of confidence, hard work, and success here at BGHS.

Away from baseball, Kevin is the proud husband and father of Bowling Green Bobcats. He resides here in BG with his wife, Kori, a BGHS graduate and teacher at Bowling Green Middle School; daughter, Kloe, a senior at BGHS; and son, Kolin, a sophomore at BGHS.

 

Holden Cruea
Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Holden grew up in Marysville, where he started playing T-ball at the age of three in Richwood, Ohio. He continued his baseball career throughout high school where he played catcher and earned two varsity letters. Coach Cruea also earned three varsity letters in football.

Upon graduating from high school in 2016, he chose to continue his education at Bowling Green State University where he majors in Sports Management and plays on the BGSU club baseball team and is the starting catcher.

In high school, Holden realized that because of his love of baseball he wanted to coach one day. When the opportunity to be the head coach of his freshmen high school summer team presented itself in 2017, he jumped. This experience fueled his passion to coach even more.

Coach Cruea said, “I love coaching and I’m excited to start coaching and helping the Bobcat players. I love giving back to the community and it is an honor to be able to help the BGHS young men learn the fundamentals of baseball.” He intends to become an athletic director and continue coaching baseball upon his graduation. 

 

Bryson Lenderman
Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Bryson is originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, located just outside of Atlanta. He moved to Ashburn, Virginia, where he graduated from Stone Bridge High School in 2014 where he played baseball. Upon graduating from Stone Bridge he enrolled at Bowling Green State University and is majoring in Finance.

Coach Lenderman has played 4 years for the BGSU club baseball team. Falcon club baseball plays a very competitive schedule including teams from Canada to Florida. He is past Treasurer and the current President of the club team.  

“I love this game so much, and that is why I want to help the BGHS program and the players.” He understands his playing days are limited, but looks forward to continuing his involvement in baseball after they are done. His ultimate goal is to be a head coach of his own high school or college team and is excited to be involved with such a highly respected baseball program.

Coach Lendermen is looking forward to working with the players, coaches, and parents to continue strengthening the Bobcat baseball program. He also hopes this is a spring board into a coaching career that will allow him to be a part of this amazing sport for many years to come.