Oklahoma Baptist alum and assistant baseball coach Kevin Paxson has been named head coach of Sooner Athletic Conference rival Mid-America

Christian University.


Oklahoma Baptist alum and assistant baseball coach Kevin Paxson has been named head coach of Sooner Athletic Conference rival Mid-America
Christian University.
Paxson, a native of Shawnee, was a Third-Team All-American at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan. Paxson finished off his
college career with the Bison.
At OBU, Paxson set the single season record with 79 in 1998. That record stood until this 2008 season. He was a two-time All-Sooner
Athletic Conference selection, leading the Bison with a .464 average in 1998 and finishing with a career batting average of .449 – the
second-highest career batting average in OBU history.
After college, he played one year of professional baseball for the Tennessee Tomahawks in the Heartland League.
The 1998 OBU graduate was a Shawnee High School assistant coach in the 2001-2003 seasons. Paxson also served as the assistant/hitting coach for St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee from 2003-2006. Paxson went back to his alma mater in 2006 as the assistant/hitting coach, before accepting the position at MACU.
“I am very excited to welcome Kevin as our head baseball coach,” MACU Athletic Director Willie Holley said. “Kevin is a student of the game of baseball, having played and worked under OBU Coach Bobby Cox for the past several years.  I am convinced Coach Paxson will bring strong Christian leadership, as well as a very competitive baseball program, to
MACU.”
Paxson has coached in several summer collegiate baseball leagues since 2004, including the New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, and the Red River Collegiate Baseball League.
“Coaching at MACU is a great opportunity,” Paxson said. “I like the direction that MACU is going, and I am happy to be a part of the school’s growth. My goal is to help student-athletes achieve in life and in baseball. I look forward to taking the MACU baseball program to the next level.”
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Oklahoma Baptist has added Seminole State transfer Bret Jackson for the 2008-09 men’s basketball season.
Jackson, a 6-2 guard from Frontier, was a 2006 All-State and was on the Faith 7 All-Star, along with OBU junior Tyler Parker and recent Bison
recruit Garrett Steinmetz.
Jackson led Frontier to three state championships and was twice named MVP of the State Tournament, scoring 28 points in the 2006 title game.
He earned Super 5 distinctions that season as well.
At Seminole State, Jackson played on the 2006-07 region championship team.
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Oklahoma Baptist University pitcher Doug Hurn has signed an independent league contract with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
The Wingnuts are members of the 10-team league, which includes teams from Texas, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Florida. Included in that are some colorful squads such as the Grand Prairie Air Hogs, the Lincoln Salt Dogs and the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Hurn, a Sparks, Nev., native, joins former Bison teammate Ron Ball on the pitching staff. Former seven-year major league veteran Dustan Mohr was on the team but recently had his contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies.
Hurn saw his first action on his first day, pitching a one-hit, scoreless eighth inning in relief during an 8-1 win over Sioux Falls.
A starter at OBU, Hurn was 7-2 with a 4.89 earned run average for the Bison in 2008.