Lenz Field Staff
Owner / President: Tom Lenz (Ripon College 1988: BA History and Secondary Education. Masters University of WI-Stout 1990: Secondary Education)
Tom Lenz has been coaching sports for 30+ years. He began his coaching career as a little league baseball coach in Fond du Lac, Wi in the summer of 1982. Since then he has coached several sports at the youth, high school and college levels.
As a high school athlete Tom participated in all three sports (football, basketball & baseball) at St. Mary Springs HS in Fond du Lac, WI. In 1983 Tom played for legendary and current SMS coach Bob Hyland, and he quarterbacked the school to their first football state championship, finishing the season with a perfect 13-0 record. In basketball, Lenz was named first team all-conference in his junior and senior seasons. In baseball he started at catcher three years, earning first team all conference in his junior and senior seasons. In the spring of 1984 he was selected to the state all star baseball games.
After graduating from High School in 1984 Lenz went on to play baseball at Ripon College (Ripon, WI) for then head coach Bob Gillespie. Lenz finished his college playing career as a four year starting catcher at Ripon College (1984-87; All Midwest Conference selection 1987). After graduating from Ripon (’88) he began coaching baseball as an assistant at the college level in 1989. His first job was as pitching coach at Marian College in Wisconsin during the spring of 1989. “I worked for a coach named Brian Gillogly. Brian really taught me the fundamentals of the game. I still use many of these same fundamental techniques with the players I work with today”, stated Lenz
The next year Lenz was hired as as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menominee, WI for both football and baseball. In 1989 Lenz helped guide WI-Stout to the NAIA College Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho and a national NAIA top 10 ranking.
The following spring Lenz returned to his alma mater to assist then head coach Bob Gillespie with the Ripon College Red Hawk baseball program. That spring the team finished with a perfect 12-0 conference record, a first in school history. Lenz feels grateful for his days at Ripon, and still stays in close contact with his college coach.
After stints coaching high school (North Greene, IL 1990) and college football (MacMurray College 92-95), Lenz became the head baseball coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL in 1995. In just four seasons Lenz guided the Highlanders to a record of 131-54-1, three St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, two NCAA National tournament appearances (96 & 97) and is currently the all-time winningest baseball coach in MacMurray baseball history. Lenz’s 1996 and 1997 MacMurray teams finished in the top 20 in NCAA Division III baseball. “Coaching college baseball at MacMurray was a great experience. At Mac I worked extremely hard to recruit top level players to a small school. We had some really great players and teams. Defeating Aurora University and Carthage College back to back in the 1996 National NCAA Tournament was probably the highlight of my college coaching career.”
Tom is currently the head coach of the Lenz Field Warriors 14u team. His 2014 11u team was 53-9, won the 12u AA USSSA State Championship and was ranked #1 in the Nation for AAA 11u USSSA teams. His 2015 12u team was 68-6 and won the USSSA Illinois 12u major State Championship. His 2016 13u team was 57-19-1, and won the USSSA Global World Series in Gulf Shores, AL.
Tom lives in Springfield with his wife Kim and their three children Morgan age 20, Katie age 16 and Drew age 14. He is also the owner and president of Lenz Sales & Dist., Inc., which sits adjacent to Lenz Field & Sports Complex.
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
*LACONIA HIGH SCHOOL ROSENDALE WI
-HEAD JV/ASSISTANT VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH 1985, 1986
*BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL BERLIN, WI
-HEAD FRESHMAN BASKETBALL COACH: 1985/86 & 1986/87
*WAUPON HIGH SCHOOL WAUPON, WI
-ASSISTANT VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH: 1988
*RIPON COLLEGE RIPON, WI
-ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH: 1988/89
*MARIAN COLLEGE FOND DU LAC, WI
-ASSISTANT BASEBALL COACH 1989 (Great Lakes Conference Championship)
*UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STOUT MENOMONIE, WI
-ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH FALL 1989
*BOYCEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BOYCEVILLE, WI
-HEAD JV BASKETBALL COACH 1989/1990
*UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STOUT MENOMONIE, WI
-ASSISTANT BASEBALL COACH 1990 (NAIA National Tournament appearance)
*NORTH GREENE HS WHITE HALL, IL
-HEAD FOOTBALL COACH 1991 (2-7 varsity record. Team was 0-23 before Coach Lenz arrived)
*RIPON COLLEGE RIPON, WI
-ASSISTANT BASEBALL COACH SPRING 1992 (Northern Division Champions, 12-0 conference record)
*MACMURRAY COLLEGE JACKSONVILLE, IL
-ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH/OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR 1992,93,94,95
-ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95 (93/94 team holds record for most wins in a season at 20)
-HEAD MENS BASEBALL COACH 1995-1998 (*see above for accomplishments)
* HEAD COACH LENZ FIELD WARRIORS JACKSONVILLE, IL 2010-present – For complete Warriors results click here)
- Tom’s 2014 11u Lenz Field Warriors won the 12u AA USSSA Illinois State Title.
- Tom’s 2015 12u Lenz Field Warriors won the IL USSSA 12u Major State Title.
- Tom’s 2016 13u Lenz Field Warriors won the USSSA Global World Series in Alabama
Tournament Director: Tim Culbertson Cell/Text: 309-868-5324
Tim joined the Lenz Staff in October of 2013. He has ran the Crush Classic Pre-Season Tourney and the St. Jude Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament in Chillicothe for many years. Since it’s inception, the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament has raised over $382,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Tim will continue to oversee these two events as well as being the full-time tournament director for Lenz Field & Sports Complex. Owner and president of Lenz Field & Sports Complex Tom Lenz is very excited about this new addition. “We could not be more excited that Tim has joined our staff. His reputation in the tournament business is absolutely second to none. He brings to us a wealth of knowledge, experience, and contacts that are also second to none.”
Special Events Coordinator: Barry Creviston Cell/Text: 217-370-3145
Barry joined the staff in May of 2016. He has been a teacher and a coach of College and High School football and baseball for the past 25 years. He was brought on to oversee the Elite All-Star Showcase. His impact on the event helped increase the number of teams from 27 teams in 2015 to 44 teams in 2016. Barry also had a major impact on the Jr. High All-State event, taking the event from 96 players to over 300 and added a 10 team girls division this past year. Ideas for improving Lenz Field for the future include a Girls Elite All-Star and Girls All-State Weekends along with maintaining the levels of the Boys All-Star events.
Assistant Tournament Director: Dylan Guthrie Cell/Text: 217-370-3302
Head of Maintenence: Justin Pohlman Cell/Text: 217-248-7607