Story Author: David Driver

Royals men’s basketball team meets D-I James Madison University for the first time since 1975

Keith Phillips was the head men’s basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the 1970s when Mike Fratello, an assistant coach under Lou Campanelli at nearby Madison College, wandered into the old – and very small – gymnasium in Park View to scout the Royals. “He walked in and said, ‘Where is the place … More

Grad Jeremy Auker has a professional baseball career, but it’s not on the field

Late in the season in 2004 the Burlington (N.C.) Indians, a minor league baseball team in the low-level Appalachian League, were forced to start a rain-delayed game after 10 p.m. since the contest had playoff implications and needed to be played. EMU grad Jeremy Auker (2003, recreation & sport leadership), didn’t get home until after … More

Former Royals pitcher Kirk King found a ticket to the Major Leagues with the New York Mets

When Kirk King graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 1997, the longtime baseball player stepped off the pitcher’s mound for good and headed into an Oregon classroom as a middle school math teacher. A few years later, though, he was looking for a change. That’s when he found an unlikely “ticket” to his dream career: … More