Back on the Diamond

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, "The College" The Ottawa University Braves baseball team has welcomed several new coaches to the roster. Cory Blaine ’88 was hired as the new head baseball coach in December, and Freddie Adamson and Joe Malin were enlisted as assistant coaches at the start of the new year. Blaine was a four-year letter winner and key member of the Ottawa University baseball team from 1995-98 under Coach Jarrod Titus. He was also a key player on three KCAC Championship teams, made three Great Plains Region Tournament appearances, and helped OU to a four-year record of 80-63 as a player. Blaine also earned All-KCAC honors on the baseball diamond. “Words can’t express how excited and honored I am about this opportunity,” says Blaine. “Being allowed to realize my dream of leading a college baseball program, at my alma mater no less, is truly a blessing.” Blaine was an integral part of the success of the OU baseball program both during his playing days and as a coach. After his playing career, Blaine served as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach from 1998-2002, helping lead the Braves to a KCAC Championship and to a Great Plains Region appearance in 2002. During those four years, Blaine helped recruit and coach 28 KCAC All Conference performers and two KCAC Players of the Year. “Coach Blaine’s positive impact on OU during his time here, his relationship with many alumni and his history of influence and involvement in the local community make him the ideal candidate to take over the baseball program,” says Ottawa University Athletic Director Arabie Conner. “He has been instrumental in the development of local talent at all levels.” Assistant coaches Adamson and Malin are Ottawa High School graduates. They spent four seasons as teammates at William Jewell College (WJC) playing for former Braves All-American Mike Stockton ’97. Malin was a four-year letter winner, earning Second Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) honors on the pitching mound at WJC.He was a six-time scholar athlete and was an NAIA Baseball Champion of Character award winner. Adamson earned four letters on the baseball diamond for William Jewell. He was a seven-time scholar athlete and a four-time member of the WJC dean’s list. The Braves are coming off of a 2011 campaign with a record of 17-35 overall, finishing fifth in the KCAC with a 12- 16 record. The 2012 season started on February 11, with a road trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.