Lance Quessenberry enters his seventh season as Evangel's head baseball coach in 2013. He continues to push the program to heights not seen in more than a decade as last year Quessenberry guided his team to their first conference division title since 1996.
Evangel finished the 2012 season with a 28-22 overall record and a 16-10 mark in the Heart of America conference. Their conference record was Evangel’s best since 2000 and team finished with the most overall wins in 11 years.
Quessenberry is 125-165 (.431) as a collegiate head coach but has orchestrated a dramatic turn-around of Evangel baseball since taking over a team that went 2-22 in the conference prior to his arrival. Quessenberry led Evangel to a winning record just two years later. He then guided the Crusaders to their first postseason appearance in 12 years in 2009 and the Crusaders advanced to the conference semifinals in 2010.
Turning teams around is Quessenberry's forte. As head coach at Parkview High School, his Vikings went 7-14 in his first season in 2003, but then had three straight winning seasons, the longest such streak in program history. Parkview was an Ozark Conference runner-up and advanced to their first district championship game in 24 years during his four seasons.
A Hartville, Missouri native, Quessenberry coached at his high school alma mater in 2001 and 2002 and going 55-22, had two second place finishes in the conference and played for a district title.
His first head coaching job was at Marion C. Early High School in Morrisville. After finishing his first season 10-14, he led the Panthers to an 80-13 record over the next three years winning two conference titles, two district runner-ups, one district championship and a Class 2 state Final Four appearance in 1999 that resulted in a second place finish in the state.
In 16 years as a head coach, Quessenberry is 318-266 (.545) combining his high school and college totals.
Coach Quessenberry has also had stops in American Legion programs in Bolivar, MO and with the Parkview Legion program while he was at Parkview HS.
Along with his coaching duties, Coach Quessenberry also serves as an Assistant Professor in EU Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Exercise Science. He is a 1991 graduate of Hartville High School and a 1996 physical education graduate of Southwest Baptist University. He also earned his Master's degree from SBU in 2002.
During his stay at SBU, Quessenberry was a two-year starter on the baseball team and in 1995 he earned All-MIAA honors as a centerfielder. Quessenberry also won the SBU team hustle award. Prior to coming to SBU, Quessenberry earned his Associates of General Studies degree from Labette Community College in 1993. At Labette, he was a two-year starter in centerfield.Coach Quessenberry and his wife Darla have been married for 17 years and currently live in Springfield with their daughter Keyler.
Russell Brand enters his 7th year as an assistant coach for Evangel baseball. Brand also serves as head coach for junior varsity team, is the academic director for the baseball program and is the intramural director at Evangel.
The 2013 season will be Coach Brand's 11th season as an assistant coach under Coach Quessenberry as the two coached together Parkview High School in Springfield.
In addition to coaching, Brand taught business classes at Parkview High School (2003) and Willard High School (2004-2007). Along with his work with the baseball and intramural programs, Coach Brand has also taught classes in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Evangel.
He is a 1998 graduate of Steelville High School and is a 2002 business education graduate of Evangel. As a Crusader from 1999-2002, Brand was a mainstay in the pitching rotation and was an HAAC All-Eastern Division pick in 2001 and he earned Academic All-American honors in 2001 and 2002.
Coach Brand and his wife Marcia (a 2002 early childhood EU graduate) currently live in Republic with their daughter, Mariah.
Eric Osner will enter his third year with the Evangel baseball coaching staff and this season as a graduate assistant coach. Osner played three seasons for Evangel after one season at Allen County (Kan.) CC. He posted a .286 career average in three years with the Crusaders and was part of Evangel’s first conference playoff team in 12 years during the 2009 season. Osner hit .301 in his senior season and turned in a .405 slugging percentage that year. Osner is originally from Lowery City, Missouri and was a Physical Education major at Evangel.