LCC Men’s Baseball Coaches
Scott Crampton, Head Coach
In 1993 Scott Crampton became the head coach for a Lamar Community College team that had experienced eighteen straight losing seasons. Winning now has become a tradition. With numerous Conference Championships and District playoffs under its belt, LCC has become one of the top 10 programs in the country. In 2002, the Runnin’ Lopes set a school record for wins with a 59-5 record and a third place finish at the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO. Coach Crampton has been selected Region IX Coach of the Year on numerous occasions.
From 1983–1986, Coach Crampton attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, playing first base. As a junior, he hit .412 and was third in the nation in triples. During his senior year he was an All-American Candidate and Co-Captain. After his playing days, Crampton stayed on through three head coaches as the NSMU hitting instructor from 1987-1993. In 1992 his Aggie hitters finished number one in the nation in Team Home Runs, Team Scoring, and Team Slugging Percentage, and second in Team Batting Average.
Crampton and his wife, Anne-Marie, reside in Lamar with their daughter, Kathryn, and son, Brent.
Michael Oberto, Pitching Coach
Michael Oberto has returned to LCC as the Runnin’ Lopes Pitching Coach after attending LCC from 2008-2010. As a starting pitcher, Michael had a 13-2 record during the 2010 season and still holds the record for most season wins. That same year, Michael compiled 91 innings pitched (third all time) and started 15 games (third all time). In 2010 the Runnin’ Lopes achieved a 48-12 record, including a Region IV Championship and were hosts for the Western Districts.
After graduating LCC, Michael attended the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). As both a starter and a reliever, he compiled over 90 innings pitched with a career 2.68 ERA. That ERA left him with the lowest career ERA record at UTA. Over a two-year span, Michael compiled 35 appearances with 11 games started. In his senior year, Michael finished with a 1.56 ERA while allowing 7 earned runs all season.
Michael is from Broomfield, CO and graduated from Legacy High School in 2008. At LHS, Michael was a three-year varsity starter in Baseball and a four-year varsity starter in Soccer as a Goalkeeper. Michael achieved All-State honors as a goalkeeper his senior year.
Travis Hayes is in his first year at LCC as an assistant coach after playing for the Runnin’ Lopes from 2009-2010. Travis grew up in Arvada, CO and graduated from Ralston Valley High School in 2008. At Ralston Valley he was a First Team All-Conference and All-State shortstop and helped Ralston Valley to a state title his senior year. In ’09 his freshman year at LCC, Hayes started 51 games in the infield and batted .364 on the year. His sophomore season he batted .325 in 60 games and helped the Lopes win 48 games and a Region IX title. After LCC, he attended Tartleton State University in Stephenville, TX where he was a NCAA All-American following his junior year.
Travis has spent the last three years coaching with two as an assistant and one as a head coach for Derek Hines and Davy Jones Baseball in Arvada, CO. Travis works primarily with Runnin’ Lopes infielders, as well as assisting with hitters and recruiting. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s in education.
Tom returns for his second year back in a Lopes uniform and ninth total. He coached at LCC from 1999-2004. Tom also played at LCC (1969 & 74) and spent two additional years at University of Southern Colorado after two stints in the Marines. Tom spent a total of twenty-four years in the both the US Marines and US Army. He retired as a Major from the Army in 1993. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Las Animas.