John Sisemore has successfully completed his second season as the head coach of the Crowder College Roughrider softball team. Coach Sisemore came to Crowder in the beginning of the 2014 spring semester where he posted a 40-12 season record and 18-2 region record winning the region 16 regular season.
The Roughrider 2014 class had several standout players including the number 2 ranked pitcher in the country in strikeouts Brooklynne Simbeck. Johnica Hanke, the standout shortstop, along with Simbeck signed to play with NCAA Division 1 University of Texas in Arlington. The 2014 Crowder softball team finished the regular season ranked number 18 nationally. The team posted several impressive wins throughout the season including a sweep over national power house and number 1 ranked Butler Community College.
The 2014 team also defeated three other top 10 ranked opponents during their 2014 campaign. The team had 5 first team All-Region 16 Players and 2 Region 16 All-Tournament players. The 2014 squad had a total of 5 players committing to play at the next level.
The 2015 season was also filled with tremendous accomplishments as the team boasted a 33-21 record making it to the Region 16 championship game to eventually lose to National tournament contender Jefferson College.
The 2015 team was led by several standout players including All-Region outfielder Payton Wiedner and middle infielder Kenzie Pritchett. Several players off the 2015 squad signed to play at the next level. Coach Sisemore now has a 73-33 record as head coach at Crowder College.
Coach Sisemore Brings an Impressive coaching background to Crowder. He was the head coach at Ecclesia College, Adidas National team, and an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas.
Sisemore started the Ecclesia program from scratch where he helped build an on campus field, the first on campus athletic facility for the college. Sisemore also built an indoor practice facility for all sports to use. While at Ecclesia, he worked closely with President Oren Paris III to purchase and develop new student housing, as well as the first new college campus building addition in several years including a new auditorium and classrooms.
Sisemore coached many standout performers: 9 NJCAA All Academic All- Americans, 14 NJCAA all region and all tournament players in the last 2 seasons. 9 NCAA ALL Academic performers, 3 all SEC and NCAA All-Americans, 4 all Big 12 performers, 2 National Pro Fast pitch performers, and 3 ASA national Qualifier teams.
During Sisemore’s second season at Crowder he also accepted the job as Athletic Director. Sisemore hit the ground running signing the first and at the time the largest Under Armour contract for a NJCAA program. Sisemore also implemented a new athletic web presence taking the lead for all other region schools to follow including the region web site.
Coach Sisemore biggest undertaking was planning and getting the immediate approval of a new 15,600 sf fieldhouse for the outdoor sports. The Freeman Fieldhouse will be the biggest addition to Crowder Athletics in over 20 years. The fully self-funded facility will house 2 new locker rooms and a much needed training room. Including a 10,000 sf practice area.
“I am honored to be part of such a great atmosphere here at Crowder! When I was given this tremendous opportunity I had no idea what a wonderful welcoming place I was coming to. This has to be the best kept secret in the country! I hope to continue the winning traditions and hard work ethics that have been instilled by the faculty now and before me. I truly now understand” the Crowder way” and look forward to letting the secret out. “
“Sisemore was offered several great opportunities to coach at all levels throughout the country and decided to keep his family and farm intact in the same community where he grew up. We were lucky to hire coach Sisemore and glad he is with us”. Said Millie Gilion PE director and former Athletic Director who hired Sisemore.
“Seeing my kids attend the same school system that I went from k-12 was a great desire. Now being able to coach at great place with the same values and keep my family goals is like having your cake and eating it too” Said Sisemore.
Sisemore is married to his wife Lori with three kids: Oakley 19, Saylor 15, and Siana 13.