YUMA, Ariz. - On Tuesday afternoon, the Arizona Western College and Central Arizona College baseball teams had a special ceremony for one of their own before commencing in a conference battle. The two teams remembered beloved coach Larry Nowlin before the game.
Coach Nowlin worked as an assistant at AWC before transitioning to Central Arizona where he served first as an assistant before becoming the head coach. He compiled a 108-95 record at CAC, and he was known for how he connected to his players. He and his wife Jan created a family atmosphere. Nowlin loved baseball and wasn't afraid to teach at any level. He worked at the NCAA Division I level, but he also worked and coached high school. Baseball was a way for him to impact the world, and the testament to his life's work is left by those he came in contact with.
Family, friends and coaches all stand together in remembering Coach Nowlin.
Nowlin's son Ryan threw out the first pitch.
Coach Nowlin's good friend John Neilub said a few words to the crowd.
Afterwards, fans were treated to one of the best games in Matador baseball history! Both sides battled throughout the 16-inning contest. Arizona Western finally pulled out a 5-4 win.