Vanguard University broke ground this month on a new baseball field that will be named after an alum and former sporting goods executive who passed away in 2011.
On June, 16, the Costa Mesa school held a groundbreaking ceremony for the transformation of Lion’s baseball field into Dean Harvey Field, which is expected to open in November.
Nike, where Harvey once worked, has donated $25,000 to support the effort.
Organizers are trying to raise the rest of the $500,000 needed to complete the project. The new field will feature renovated dugouts, new grass, an upgraded irrigation system and new netting for the backstop.
“There’s nothing left but the outfield fence,” said Jeff Motske, chair of the Vanguard University Foundation Board and Harvey’s former teammate.
Harvey played second base for the Vanguard Lions and helped the team make it to the 1985 NAIA World Series.
He graduated from the school in 1988 with a degree in marketing and management and spent 22 years in the sports industry, working with Asics, Wilson Sporting Goods and Nike.
“He worked at Nike, Inc., a company he loved, for the last 15 years in a variety of management roles that allowed him to travel the world, work closely with world-class athletes and be a primary contributor to the start of both the equipment and golf businesses,” an obituary said about Harvey.
Harvey died at age 42, less than a year after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare…