The Warriors won the NAIA World Series championship in 2002 was the school’s
12th since 1984. The Warriors also won five titles in the '90s.
From 1982 to 1992, the Warriors played in 11 consecutive national
championship games and won eight, a feat never duplicated by a collegiate team
at any level in any major sport.
The Warriors’ overall win-loss record under Cheff entering the 2003 season is
a remarkable 1,307 wins and just 358 losses.
More than 88 of Cheff’s former players at L-C have played professional
baseball and several have played in the big leagues, including four current
However, when Cheff is honored for baseball accomplishments, a great deal of
mention is made of his involvement in other aspects of baseball and the
Lewis-Clark Valley communities, a statement that makes a greater impact to the
quality of the program than national championships and wins and losses.
He has been selected as the NAIA Coach of the Year six times.
The Warrior mentor has also been very active in baseball outside of Lewiston.
He’s a nationally known clinic speaker and has addressed the American Baseball
Coaches Association Convention on four different occasions. He was inducted into
the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1991, he was an assistant coach for the USA
National Baseball Team. He spent the next two summers coaching the Anchorage
Bucs in the Alaska Collegiate League.
In 1994, he returned to the USA Team as the third-base coach and hitting
His teams at Lewis-Clark State have consistently been recognized by his
coaching peers and professional scouts as being well prepared and very
On May 11, 1996, he captured his 1,000th career win with a doubleheader sweep
over Central Washington. He became only the third coach in NAIA history to win
1,000 baseball games.