Rowan College at Gloucester County

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work For RCGC Baseball Grads

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Deptford Twp.
Date: 10/5/2018


Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC)'s six baseball player graduates continue to swing for the fences, having garnered more than $200,000 in baseball scholarships and advancing to four-year universities.

Jack Goan of Cherry Hill, a Roadrunner standout catcher and first baseman named 2017-2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Player of the Year, now attends the University of Delaware, along with NJCAA Academic All American Derek Wakeley of West Deptford. NJCAA Academic All American Jack Parkinson, of Haddonfield, joins the Big Ten at Rutgers University. Also taking the field are Woodbury's Chris Roan at Rider University, Sparta's Connor Coyle at Towson University and Voorhees' Noah Clement at Pace University.

"We currently have alumni at every level of collegiate and pro baseball, including Major League Baseball (MLB), said veteran Roadrunner Baseball Coach Rob Valli. " Our current student-athletes benefit from a long tradition of advancing players."

The Roadrunners have captured a record 7 National Championships, 22 Region XIX Championships and earned a trip to 23 of the past 27 NJCAA World Series. Valli has clearly established his mark on the Roadrunners program, one that has produced more than 20 players drafted into the major leagues following their tenure at RCGC. Most notable is 2006 graduate Ryan Buchter of the Oakland A's who pitched in the MLB playoffs at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 3. Ryan is in his fourth MLB season. In addition, 2017 RCGC grad Nilo Rijo signed a contract in March and is currently a minor league player for the Boston Red Sox. 

"Player development is our top priority," said Valli, who enters his tenth season during two tenures. "Student-athletes are drawn to our program knowing they will advance to a great university and/or professional baseball, everything we do centers around enabling them to become the best student and baseball player they can be."

RCGC's Athletic Department is a comprehensive 16-sport program for men and women.  As a member of the NJCAA, RCGC competes in Region XIX and the Garden State Athletic Conference against other two-year colleges from N ew Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The College's athletic program has received national awards for performances both on the field and in the classroom. 

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Gloucester County College's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road off exit 56 of Route 55.