(Former Major League Pitcher and No. 1
"After graduating high school in the spring of 1980, I was looking for an opportunity to continue my education, play college baseball, and realize my aspiration of becoming a major leaguer.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University and the baseball program provided me the opportunity to accomplish that and more! - For that,
Mount Vernon Nazarene University and those charged with coaching and educating me will forever occupy a special place in my heart."
(1991 NAIA Honorable Mention
"The baseball program at
Mount Vernon Nazarene University can be summed up in two words, 'Winning tradition'. This tradition is continuing today with the finest quality of instruction by a staff that knows how to win. Not only is Keith Veale an excellent experienced winning coach, he is also one who cares about his players and will help them develop as individuals."
(1985 NAIA First Team All-American)
"The Mount Vernon Nazarene University
baseball program means success. You
cannot be a part of this program and leave
unchanged. Learning the game and
refining your skills is expected and will
occur. However, learning about life
and developing spiritually is the heart of
the program. Coach Veale has continued
this fine tradition."
(13th Round Draft Pick of the New York
Yankees in 1993)
"I chose to go to
Mount Vernon Nazarene University because I knew it was a good school, and I felt I had a good chance of getting drafted from there. Coach Veale helped me mature mentally as a player. I learned how to be mentally tough, especially when you're pitching in one-run ball games. It was a lot of fun playing at
Mount Vernon Nazarene University. We were a close-knit team and I was able to make many new friends."
(Former Major League Pitcher)
"In choosing Mount Vernon Nazarene
University, it not only gave me the
opportunity to continue my education and
baseball career, but it also allowed me to
grow spiritually. I am thankful that
Coach Veale, who is a man of God and an
outstanding teacher of the game, gave me a
chance to play under his wonderful
leadership. It definitely gave me a
firm foundation to pursue a professional
(1999 NAIA National Player of the Year)
"The thing that initially attracted me to
Mount Vernon Nazarene University was its
tremendous baseball tradition.
However, I soon found out that the baseball
program offered many opportunities for
individuals to not only further their
baseball skills, but to also further their
minds and faith. I can truly say that
choosing to play baseball at MVNU was the
best decision that I have ever made."
(Former Cougar Baseball Player)
"Only God knows the difference those four
years have made in my life. The lessons
learned on the ball field, the fellowship
with the guys, the spiritual challenge and
the inspiration from players and coaches,
and the memories of events and relationships
will be cherished forever. It is true that
the scores fade over time. But the
relationships established remain. I'm so
glad I had the privilege of establishing
these friendships in the baseball program at