Class of 1989
Ruben Ayala considered professional baseball his first priority when he attended Chaffey College more than 30 years ago. Turns out, Chaffey College not only prepared him for that dream, but also to become a successful businessman.
“Chaffey helped me reach both goals,” the former third-baseman said. “First, playing baseball at Chaffey helped me prepare for my transfer to UC Riverside to play baseball, and the lessons learned on the field helped me prepare for professional baseball after UCR.”
He treasures his time playing for Coach Howard Lowder and his teammates.
“Playing for Coach Lowder was an absolute highlight of my baseball career.” Ayala said. “He taught me so many life lessons that I draw on daily. What I remember most about playing baseball at Chaffey has very little to do with the game and more about the lessons learned and the friendships formed during my time there.”
Ayala played in the minor leagues after graduating from UCR and then began working at Tippy’s Tow Service Inc., the family business his father started in 1967. It’s a successful and honored business that specializes in transporting high-end vehicles.
To Ayala, his success began at Chaffey College. He made friends and was introduced to faculty that helped him succeed in the classroom. Internally, he became a university ready student by creating better study habits – habits he continues to use in his daily life.
“I would tell anyone considering attending Chaffey to give it serious consideration,” Ayala said, “Chaffey provides a great opportunity to further your education and it is such an amazing campus with some of the most spectacular views you will find anywhere.”