Lower Columbia College Athletic Director Kirc Roland was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth League Roll of Honor.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Roll of Honor Program is designed to recognize and honor individuals, associations or groups who have, within the framework of Babe Ruth Baseball, made an outstanding contribution to the Region’s program.
Kirc is well respected for his outstanding support and involvement in both league and tournament activities. His commitment in broadcasting Babe Ruth Regional and World Series games to the local area over many years, and the leadership and organization he has invested in the Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth World Series, has put this area and LCC on the "Babe Ruth Map".
In addition, he has been a positive influence on the lives of countless youth and adults during these many years and his contributions have helped make Babe Ruth Baseball and all of baseball, the wonderful game it is for players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.
Kirc played Babe Ruth Baseball, and after graduating from San Diego State University in 1980 came home and became the sports voice on KLOG and KUKN radio.
Kirc has followed Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth teams across the country. It was after the 1988 Bambino World Series in Nashua when Kirc and the late Bill Daniels approached Babe Ruth Baseball about bringing the World Series to Longview. That proposal became real when the 1990 World Series for 12-year-olds was hosted at Lower Columbia College's Story Field. The lower "press box" and the left field stands are a legacy of that World Series.
Since that time, Kirc has overseen the 1997, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2018 World Series. After Kelso won the 13-15-year-olds Pacific Northwest Regional title in 1997 and earned its berth to the Longview World Series, it made sense to Kirc to have both leagues host future World Series. So, he floated that with Babe Ruth baseball and it became the Longview-Kelso World Series in 2001.
A personal connection, Kirc coached his own son Spencer through Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball, including coaching contributions to Spencer’s 2004 Longview World Series team.