2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Lars Davis into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Just the second former player to be inducted, Lars is an incredible baseball mind, and has made a career playing and coaching baseball at the highest levels since leaving PBA in 2005.
Originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Lars came to PBA in 2004. A little short on high level experience, Lars was placed on the JV team. After an up and down first year at PBA, a post-season meeting with the coaches set the stage for an incredible stretch of College Baseball. In 2005, Lars led PBA to a CCBC Championship. He broke the record at the time for home runs and hits in a single season at PBA. His incredible 2005 season was rewarded with a scholarship to the University of Illinois. Again, Lars was a standout player at Illinois, leading the Fighting Illini in almost every offensive category in 2007. Lars was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Following his college season, Lars was chosen in the 3rd round (102 Overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. Over the next seven years Lars worked his way through the Rockies system up to Triple-A where he played with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013. Lars retired from playing after the 2014 season. It wasn't long before he got himself involved on the coaching side of the game. Lars coached with the Florida gators for seven seasons and was a vital part of the program's success. Lars was instrumental in helping the Gators win their first NCAA National Title in 2017, and a run of four consecutive College World Series appearances from 2015-18. During his coaching tenure at Florida, the program won over 70% of their games, had 43 players drafted into the MLB, including seven first-rounders.
Lars has recently moved into a new role as an assistant coach at Georgia State University. At the time of printing, the Panthers were 11-6 to start the 2022 spring season. Lars lives with his lovely wife Katie, who he met during his time in Florida. Katie was the head athletic trainer for the Gators softball team when they met.
Thank you to Lars Davis for everything he has done for the baseball community. He is the epitome of what it means to be a PBA player. Stories of his work-ethic and team-first attitude are still told by Coach Hubka. Congratulations Lars, on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022!
The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to be inducting Mr. Glenn Secretan into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Glenn has been involved in PBA in some capacity since 1997. Glenn has held multiple roles over the past 26 years including: President, Vice President, academic advisor and board member for the Prairie Baseball Academy.
Glenn grew up in Del Bonita, Alberta— a small border town community where baseball was the only game to play. Baseball has remained an important part of Glenn's life ever since. Glenn studied at the University of Lethbridge where he received his Masters in Education. As an educator and a counsellor, Glenn has had the opportunity to lead young adults for over 45 years! Glenn was the go-to person at Lethbridge College for PBA student-athletes. Glenn was always there to lend his advice to the players and the coaching staff. Glenn's commitment to making education a priority at PBA has helped countless young men move on to four-year schools in the United States.
Glenn has been a vital part of PBA's success over the past quarter century. He was there when having a college baseball program in Southern Alberta was still a dream. Glenn helped with building the amazing facilities at Lloyd Nolan Yard and has been instrumental in working with the Alberta Government and Lethbridge College to raise scholarship dollars for players. Even though Glenn has retired from his teaching role at Lethbridge College and his role as academic advisor for PBA, he is still on the fundraising committee for the Keith Jorgensen Memorial Golf Tournament. This tournament has been a key fundraiser for PBA, and Glenn has put countless hours into organizing and raising funds for this great event.
Glenn has been married to his lovely wife Penny for 50 years. If you ever get the opportunity to speak with Glenn about his family, you will find he is a tremendously proud father of four amazing boys Matt, Charlie, Mike and Mark.
Thank you to Glenn Secretan for all he has done for the Prairie Baseball Academy, and congratulations on being inducted into our Hall of Fame for 2022!