WEST CHESTER (December 19, 2017) – State Senators Andy Dinniman and Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson this week recognized the West Chester University Golden Rams baseball team on winning the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship – its second national championship in six years.

“You did a monumental job and you made the entire community proud,” Dinniman said. “And you did it by working together. After all, the only way to win is by being a team. You may have different jobs, but you all have one goal.”

Pictured (from left to right): West Chester University President Chris Fiorentino, Senator Dinniman, Golden Rams Baseball Coach Jad Prachniak holding the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship trophy, and Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson.

Dinniman and Tomlinson met with team members, coaches, and Head Coach Jad Prachniak during a special ceremony at the university’s Phillips Autograph Library. West Chester University Director of Athletics Terrie Beattie, University President Chris Fiorentino, and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Zebulun Davenport, were also on hand.

The players and coaches were each presented a special Senate citation, sponsored by Dinniman and Tomlinson, in honor of the milestone achievement.

Tomlinson, a West Chester University graduate and member of the West Chester University Board of Trustees, reflected on his own collegiate athletic career as captain of the Golden Rams Football Team in 1969. Tomlinson helped the team capture the state championship in 1967 and 1969 and he also played in the Tangerine Bowl in 1967.

“I’ve always said that the football field or the baseball field is like a classroom,” he said. “You learn discipline and teamwork and the camaraderie you enjoy as a team will last a lifetime. It’s a great achievement and something you will remember the rest of your lives.”

West Chester won the 2017 national championship with a 5-2 victory over UC San Diego in June in Grand Prairie, Texas. The team also won the national title in 2012 and appeared in the national championship game in 2006 and 2009.

 The Golden Rams are still the only school from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to win a baseball national championship at any level and the only institution from the northeastern part of the United States to win an NCAA baseball national title at the Division I or II levels.

Upcoming Events

December 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
November 25, 2018 November 26, 2018 November 27, 2018 November 28, 2018 November 29, 2018 November 30, 2018 December 1, 2018
December 2, 2018 December 3, 2018 December 4, 2018 December 5, 2018 December 6, 2018 December 7, 2018 December 8, 2018
December 9, 2018 December 10, 2018 December 11, 2018 December 12, 2018 December 13, 2018 December 14, 2018 December 15, 2018
December 16, 2018 December 17, 2018 December 18, 2018 December 19, 2018 December 20, 2018 December 21, 2018 December 22, 2018
December 23, 2018 December 24, 2018 December 25, 2018 December 26, 2018 December 27, 2018 December 28, 2018 December 29, 2018
December 30, 2018 December 31, 2018 January 1, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 3, 2019 January 4, 2019 January 5, 2019

Looking For Something

Still not finding what you're looking for? Please contact me or my staff so we can help you!