April 6, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Robert Anders, Howard Payne University Assistant Coach, has been named the Pitching Coach for the upcoming summer season.  No stranger to the NYCBL having played for the Alfred Oilers (forerunner to today’s Wellsville Nitros) in 2009 and 2010, Robert returns to the league for the first time as a coach.

A native of Midlothian, Texas, Anders is an HPU graduate and former Yellow Jacket player. Following his college playing career at Howard Payne, Robert transitioned to the HPU coaching staff in the Fall of 2011.  His duties in the program include working with the outfielders and pitching staff as well as assisting in the programs recruiting efforts. He also leads the Yellow Jacket player development programs.

Originally from Midlothian, Texas, Robert played at Hill Junior College and Cedar Valley Community College prior to attending Howard Payne. Robert transferred to HPU in the Fall of 2009 and completed for the Yellow Jackets during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.Robert graduated with a B.A. in Social Science, B.A. in Spanish, minor in Criminal Justice, Government, History and Political Science in December of 2012.

Coach Anders did several tours in the off-season with Athletes in Action to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and New York.

About Howard Payne University

Howard Payne University is a four-to-five-year (depending on degree plan), private university located in Brownwood, Texas. The university is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Currently the university has almost 1,200 full-time students. Howard Payne is known for its Christian Studies program, the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and its Music department.

The Yellow Jackets “the Buzzsaw” is a member of the NCAA Division III and plays in the American Southwest Conference.


The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.

As the “Fire Keepers”, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council.  They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of Chiefs. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..