Costa Mesa-based Vanguard University celebrated the debut of its renovated baseball field on Saturday, Nov. 11 with a Home Run Challenge sponsored by Trinity Bat Co., a ribbon cutting celebration and an alumni baseball game.
The baseball field was dedicated to Vanguard alum and Nike Executive, Dean Harvey, who led Vanguard Baseball to its first NAIA World Series in 1985.
The renovation included a state-of-the-art field surface, pro-style infield and outfield grass, an upgraded irrigation system, new dugouts and renovated backstops to support the university’s rapidly growing athletics department.
A branded entrance showcases the new field name, Dean Harvey Baseball Field, while providing an enhanced spectator experience for Lions fans.
Harvey spent 22 years in the sporting goods industry working for notable companies including Asics, Wilson Sporting Goods and Nike. During his time with Nike, Harvey worked with internationally recognized athletes including Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr. and signed Tiger Woods to Nike Golf in 1997.
In 2010, Harvey was given less than one year to live after being diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 42. To honor Harvey’s dedication to athletes, Nike donated $25,000 to support the development of Vanguard University’s Dean Harvey Field.
“Dean Harvey had a heart to serve and he demonstrated service and sacrifice,” said Vanguard University President Michael Beals. “It was an honor to memorialize Dean Harvey with our new state-of-the-art facility and we look forward to the continued growth of our intercollegiate athletics department.”