From 1982 to 1992 the Warriors played in 11 consecutive National Championship Games and won eight—a feat unequalled by a collegiate team at any level in any sport. Five of these titles were earned in the 1980’s, five more in the 1990’s, and five in the new millennium, including the last two. The Warriors’ overall win-loss record under Cheff, entering the 2007 season, is a remarkable 1,559 wins and 403 losses.
More than 100 of Cheff’s former Warrior players have gone on to play professional baseball and several have played in the major leagues. His teams at Lewis-Clark State College have been consistently recognized by peers and professional scouts as being well-prepared and aggressive.
Cheff has not only built successful collegiate baseball teams but has also worked to instill a sense of pride and work ethic in each Warrior that has come through his program. Warrior Baseball is valued by the local community for its dedication to active involvement with local events, fundraisers, and volunteer programs. The impact of the program is noteworthy both on and off the field.
Coach Cheff has been named NAIA Coach of the Year eight times and often addresses clinics outside of the Lewis-Clark Valley. He has addressed the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on six occasions and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Away from Lewis-Clark State College’s Harris Field Cheff has coached the Alaska League’s Anchorage Bucs and Fairbanks Gold Panners. Cheff also coached Team USA in 1994 as its hitting and third base coach.
On May 11, 1996, Cheff captured his 1,000th career victory with a doubleheader sweep over Central Washington, becoming only the third coach in NAIA baseball history to win 1,000 games. He became only the fourth coach at any level to win 1,500 games during the 2006 NAIA World Series.