CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Jeff Dupler has been hired as the new head softball coach at Ohio Christian University (OCU). Dupler comes into OCU with almost forty years of experience in softball, both playing and coaching. It was very clear after interviewing Coach Dupler that he was the right fit for the program and department. "I am very excited about Jeff joining our OCU family. We are looking forward to continuing our softball tradition that Coach Chapman has established," said OCU Athletic Director David Bireline. Former Head Coach Kelsey Chapman recently accepted a new position with her alma mater, Cedarville University, to lead their softball program.
Previous to accepting this new position at OCU, Dupler has had experience in all aspects of softball. He began his career by playing fast pitch for 29 years. During that stretch, he was a part of four Top 10 finishes at ASA Nationals, while playing and coaching in 16 total. After he stopped playing, Dupler decided to begin coaching, especially in the area of pitching where he has a deep knowledge of the position. He would go on to be a coach at multiple high schools between 1987 and 2008 before accepting a pitching/assistant coach position at Capital University in 2009. In 2012, Dupler took on a head coaching position close to home at Logan Elm High School. In his time there, Dupler put together a record of 54-32 and was also awarded the 2014 Southeast District Coach of the Year Award. While at Logan Elm, he led teams to district and regional championships and was a part of the 2012 State Final Four. His teams also participated in the Wendy's Softball Classic located in Ashland, Ohio in 2013 and 2014. Most recenly, he has been the assistant coach at Bloom Carroll. Overall, as head coach, Coach Dupler has built a record of 253-159.
One reason Coach Dupler liked the idea of taking this job was the ability to be close to his hometown in Amanda, Ohio. On top of the location, he also is looking forward to continually building the program by passing down his knowledge to the next generation. "I really have a passion for building a program that develops the student athlete to achieve success on and off the field, and I believe OCU is a great place to do that. We all want to achieve success, and I am thrilled to be a piece of that here," said Coach Dupler.