TED A. BROER STADIUM
Opening in the spring of 2004, Ted A. Broer Stadium is the home of the Southeastern Fire baseball team. This state of the art baseball facility mimics a smaller version of Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.
Broer Stadium was designed by Southeastern Athletics Director, Duane Aagaard, and former Southeastern baseball coach, Frank Yurchak. The two also received help from the New York Yankees grounds crew, with the end the result being one of the finest college baseball parks in the State of Florida.
The field’s name is in honor of Dr. Ted A. Broer, a world renown international author and founder of Health Masters. Dr. Broer is a major donor to Southeastern, and was given an honorary doctorate from the university in 2004.
The Fire has a 185-63 record at Broer Stadium since opening in 2004. The first game played was on April 7, 2004, as Webber International University defeated SEU, 7-5.
Southeastern’s first victory came against Florida Memorial University, on April 15, 2004, as Eric Haynes earned the win on the mound for SEU.
In August 2004, Southeastern would hire Head Coach Jason Beck, and the Fire would win its first national championship in baseball as Broer Stadium hosted the 2005 NCCAA II National Tournament.
From 2005-2008, Broer Stadium hosted four consecutive NCCAA II National Tournaments. During that span, the Fire won all four NCCAA II National Titles, and compiled a perfect 17-0 record in national tournament play.
In 2010, the Fire joined the NAIA’s Sun Conference and hosted their first Sun Conference game on February 26, 2010. Southeastern lost a close game to Embry-Riddle University, 7-6.
The Fire’s first home Sun Conference victory came versus Edward Waters College on March 19, 2010. Justin Mauldin earned the victory on the mound while Tyler Ruehlman, Hector Echemendia, and Auburn Donaldson all collected three hits apiece.
Southeastern won 16 straight games at Broer Stadium during the 2011 season, to set a new school record. The Fire ended the year with a 20-5 mark at home, while earning their first ever national ranking within the NAIA.
Designer: Duane Aagaard & Frank Yurchak
Donor: Dr. Ted A. Broer
Opened: April 7, 2004 vs. Webber International
Overall Record: 185-63
First win: April 15, 2004 vs. Florida Memorial, 8-7
First loss: April 7, 2004 vs. Webber International, 7-5
Longest Win Streak: 16 games (2011)
First hit: April 7, 2004 (Ian O’Leary, single)
First winning SEU pitcher: Eric Haynes, April 15, 2004 vs. Florida Memorial, 8-7.
First losing SEU pitcher: Tommy Sutton, April 7, 2004 vs. Webber International, 7-5
First National Tournament hosted: April 21-23, 2005
Surface: Natural Grass
Left Field: 315 ft, Left Center: 400 ft, Center: 385 ft, Right Center: 370 ft, Right Field: 310 ft
Fence Height: Right Field: 8 feet, Center: 12 feet, Left Field: 24 feet
The facility is over 29,000 square feet and features offices for the Fire coaching staff, a Wellness Center, an athletic training room, locker rooms, and a spacious lounge area for fans to enjoy refreshments during games. In 2005, an aquatic center was also added to the facility.
The first game played in the Sportsplex took place on January 9, 2003 when the Southeastern women’s basketball team matched up with Valley Forge Christian College. The Lady Crusaders defeated VFCC, 52-29, in the annual Assemblies of God Basketball Tournament. The Southeastern men also opened versus Valley Forge Christian, and earned an 87-80 victory later on that night.
The women’s volleyball team dropped their Sportsplex opener to Florida College in straight sets, on September 9, 2003.
During Southeastern’s tenure within the NCCAA D-II South Region, the Sportsplex played a key home court advantage, as the three programs combined for a 118-18 South Region record. The SEU Men’s Basketball team compiled a 64-3 home record versus region opponents, and won their first 26 region games in their new home.
From 2004-2006, the Sportsplex hosted the NCCAA II Women’s Basketball National Tournament, and in 2010 the facility welcomed The Sun Conference Mid-Season Volleyball Tournament.
The three programs have a combined 239-124 record since calling the Sportsplex home nine years ago.
Opened: January 9, 2003
First Game: December 9, 2003 Southeastern Women vs. Valley Forge Christian (W, 52-29)
First Men’s Basketball Game: December 9, 2003 vs. Valley Forge Christian (W, 87-80)
First Volleyball Match: September 9, 2003 vs. Florida College (L, 0-3)
Men’s Basketball Overall Record: 105-32
Women’s Basketball Overall Record: 69-45
Volleyball Overall Record: 65-47
Longest Win Streak:12 games (Men’s Basketball, 2006-2007)
Longest Losing Streak: 6 games (Volleyball, 2006-2007)