Overall: 110-68 (.618)
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Joe Blackwell enters his fourth season at the helm after taking over the Southwestern Christian University baseball program prior to the beginning of the 2015 season.
In his first year, SCU upped its overall win total by 18 from the 2014 season and won seven more games in Sooner Athletic Conference play. The Eagles finished the season at 26-26, made a deep run in the SAC Tournament and competed in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament.
Blackwell and the Eagles reached new heights in the in the 2016 campaign going 44-17 overall and 16-8 in SAC play. SCU spent much of the season as the top-ranked team in NCCAA baseball and broke into the NAIA baseball top-25 coaches poll for the first time in program history.
The Eagles finished the regular season third in the SAC standings and participated in the NCCAA World Series for the first time in program history. Blackwell was also named NCCAA Central Region coach of the year
SCU notched 40 wins for the second time in as many years in season No. 3 under Blackwell. The Eagles finished at 40-25 and made their second trip to the NCCAA World Series where they reached the semifinals before falling to national runner up Campbellsville (Ky.) 5-4.
Blackwell also reached the 100-win plateau on April 15 in the first leg of a doubleheader vs. Dallas Christian (Texas).
Blackwell joined the SCU coaching staff in its inaugural season in 2014 as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He also serves as SCU’s Associate Vice President of Athletics and Operations.
Prior to joining the SCU baseball staff, Blackwell spent 11 years coaching travel/select teams that participated in events in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Blackwell is certified with the National Federation of High School Coaches as an accredited interscholastic coach. In addition to his travel/select team experience, Blackwell spent five years working with the baseball program at Tuttle High School.
Blackwell, a native of Oklahoma City, graduated from Moore High School and played collegiately at Rose State. After his playing career, Blackwell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene. He received his MBA from Concordia University in May 2015.
Blackwell and his wife, Dana, have been married 21 years and have two children, Blake and Shelby.
Record at SCU
Overall: 110-68 (.618)
Vail, a native of Moore, Okla., spent two seasons as a member of the Eagles’ starting rotation, going 15-11 with an earned run average of 3.69. He is SCU’s all-time strikeout leader with 208 career Ks. Vail was twice named to the all-Sooner Athletic Conference team as well as the NCCAA all-Central Region squad. in 2015 he was named NCCAA Central Region Pitcher of the year and was an NCCAA all-American.
Vail began his college career at Wichita State where he posted a 2.45 ERA in four appearances. Prior to joining the Eagles in 2015, Vail played one season at Southern Nazarene where he notched a 5.18 ERA in 57.1 innings of work.
Vail is set to graduate from SCU with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.
Michale Lowe: first-team/player of the year
Jason Braziel: third-team
A.J. Leingang: third-team
NCCAA All-Central Region
Michael Lowe: first-team/player of the year
Jason Braziel: first-team
A.J. Leingang: first-team
Justin Braziel: second-team
Corey Cupp: second-team
Cody Robinson: second-team
Drew Umbro: second-team
Victor Del Carmen: third-team
Kelvin Fabian: third-team
Jacob Spencer: third-team
Michael Lowe: first-team
Jason Braziel: second-team
Justin Braziel: gold-glove team
Haskell Browning: third-team
Andrew Walker: third-team
Jacob Spencer: second-team
Kyle Vail: second-team
Haskell Browning: second-team
Andrew Walker: second-team
Thomas Solowynsky: third-team
Drew Umbro: third-team
Justin Braziel: third-team
Joe Blackwell: coach of the year
Jacob Spencer: first-team
Michael Lowe: second-team
Kyle Vail: first-team
Kyle Vail: first-team/pitcher of the year
Michale Lowe: first-team
Justin Braziel: honorable mention
Haskell Browning: honorable mention
Corey Cupp: honorable mention
Joshua Heathman: honorable mention
Logan Palmer: honorable mention
Andrew Walker: honorable mention
Logan Palmer: second-team