CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce Kelsey Chapman as the new head coach of OCU Softball. Chapman, who hails originally from Townsend, Delaware, will assume day to day operations of the program immediately. Chapman comes to Ohio Christian University after a record-breaking intercollegiate playing career at NCAA Division II affiliate, Cedarville University.
While at Cedarville, Chapman shattered the record books as she became the all-time career leader in both home runs and doubles. As a senior catcher, she batted .361 with 5 home runs and 55 RBI's. She also performed well on the mound as a pitcher, going 7-2 as a senior with a 1.99 ERA, in 67 innings of work.
In 2013 and 2014, Chapman took home NCCAA All-Region honors while also being named an NCCAA Academic All-American. She was also named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. In 2011, she was honored as a 1st Team American Mideast Conference selection while Cedarville was an NAIA member.
Rick Christman, OCU Vice President of Student Development and Athletics, is excited about the addition of Chapman. "I am very excited to have Kelsey join our coaching team," states Christman. "We look forward to seeing her succeed on the field as well as developing our female athletes spritually."
Coach Chapman takes over an up and coming OCU program that is gaining a lot of momentum . After opening the new OCU softball field in 2012, the Trailblazers went 10-10 and picked up their first postseason win in 2013. With a talented incoming recruiting class for 2014, the future of OCU softball is looking very bright.
"We are very excited to add such a strong person to our coaching staff," states Ben Belleman, OCU Director of Athletics. "Kelsey will bring great softball expertise to our program while also strengthening our commitment to integrate faith and sport."
Softball runs in the Chapman family as her older sister, Katie, played her freshman season of softball at NCAA Division I, Liberty University, before competing three seasons as a pitcher at NCAA Division II, Wilmington University. Kelsey and her husband Jordan currently reside in Cedarville, Ohio.