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Michael Blevins

Head Coach 1st season

Bio

Coach Blevins is entering his first year as the Head Coach of the Trailblazers in the 2015-2016 season.

Blevins came to Ohio Christian in January 2008 from Laurel Springs, North Carolina.

“People ask me why in the world would you move to Ohio to go to college and play baseball, usually implying that the weather is no fun. I always have two answers to that question. One, the weather patterns are the same, I grew up in the mountains. Two, I was born and raised in the Churches of Christ in Christian Union, and I had no clue there were any other Christian colleges.” – Coach Blevins

Upon the completion of his four year playing career Blevins was the career leader in several statistical categories, both at the plate and on the mound. Pitching, he is tied for the most career wins with his fellow teammate Brandon Metzgar (10) and second to Richie French (118) for career strikeouts (109). Offensively, Blevins leads in Runs Scored (95), Hits (133), and Career Batting Average (.407).

“When I came to OCU in 2008, I hoped to just be able to make the cut and be able to say I played college baseball. After three months of gym workouts, I was our starting Shortstop and number two in the pitching rotation neither of which had I ever played prior to coming to OCU. I was a twenty-one-year-old freshmen, and had not played baseball since high school; that’s how little talent we had that first year. Throughout my career I was very blessed to squeeze a few hits through the infield and was lucky enough to be on base in front of some great RBI guys.”

Blevins was the first OCU baseball player NCCAA div II All American in 2010, and also received the honor in 2011. He was the recipient of the 2010 Hank Burbridge Unlimited Potential Outstanding Christian Leadership Award one of the highest honors given by the NCCAA. On to of that, the athletic department selected Blevins for their highest honor, the Trailblazer Award, in 2011.

Blevins has been an Assistant Coach for the Blazers since his playing career ended. Now as the Head Coach he is excited to see where God can continue to take the program.

“I was thrilled when Dr. Christman and Mr. Belleman informed me they were taking interim tag off and naming me the Head Coach. I think I am up to the challenge that the NAIA brings, and I am committed to recruiting the high character and highly talented young men that are required to help continue the growth that has been started by my great coaches, and the coaches that I have worked under.”

Coach Blevins, along with heading up the program, is the Senoir Pastor at Beulah Chapel CCCU in Chillicothe. His value on Faith, Character, Honor, and Duty are what will drive His coaching style.  Blevins and the Blazers enter the first season in the NAIA as a team who graduated their three best starting pitchers, but returns almost all of its pivotal components on the offensive side. Coming off a 15-20 season, the Blazers are excited for the 2015-2016 season!

2016 Baseball Roster
# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
1 Brown Lewis JR RHP 5-9 150 Owensboro, KY Owensboro HS
2 Jayson Perkins SR CF 5-3 150 Westerville, OH Westerville South HS
3 Jordan Dicks JR OF/SS 5-10 160 Jefferson, PA Jefferson Morgan HS
4 Tyler Michael France FR RHP/OF 5-8 165 Ashville, OH Teays Valley HS
5 Logan Webb SO RHP 6-0 195 Whitehall, OH Whitehall Yearling HS
6 Ben Johnson SO SS 6-1 170 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Christian HS
7 Josh Reiner FR LHP 6-0 165 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Christian HS
8 Ethan Skowronski SO OF/1B 6-0 190 Cincinnati, OH Oak Hills HS
10 Isaiah Haley SO C/RHP 6-1 185 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Christian HS
11 Brian Daria SR 2B 5-8 160 Villa Hills, KY Brescia College
12 Danarius Williams SR LHP 6-0 180 Cincinnati, OH Withrow HS
13 Michael Maxwell JR P 6-2 205 Chardon, OH Columbus State
15 Tanner Holt JR OF 6-0 187 Cincinnati, OH Lakota East HS
17 Nolan Knox FR RHP/OF 5-8 160 Ashville, OH Teays Valley HS
18 Luke Diamond FR 2B 5-10 170 Ironton, OH Ironton HS
19 Antonio Dozier JR RHP/OF 6-2 215 Cincinnati, OH Withrow HS
21 Eric McClure SO OF/C 6-0 205 Baltimore, OH Liberty Union
22 Caleb Penney JR 1B/3B 6-1 215 Worthington, OH Worthington Christian School
23 Michael Anderson FR 3B/RHP 5-9 185 Piqua, OH Piqua HS
30 Kris Carius JR RHP 6-8 330 Columbus, OH Defiance College
42 Zach Mason SO C 6-1 205 Columbus, OH Pickerington North
47 Samuel Diggs FR 2B/RHP 5-7 153 Hampton, VA Hampton HS

Coaching Staff

Michael Blevins Photo
Head Coach
1st season
Ohio Christian University
Michael Miller Photo
Grad Assistant
1st season
Ohio Christian