SHAWNEE – The National Christian College Athletic Association Wednesday named Oklahoma Baptist Head Coach Bobby Cox its 2017 Baseball Coach of the Year.
The Bison, for a second consecutive season, made an undefeated run through the NCCAA postseason, this year going 10-0 in the Central Regional and World Series. OBU ended the season on a 19-game win streak and owners of a 42-15 record.
"It all starts with two great assistant coaches," Cox said. "That's the story of our success. You go through that two-year NCAA probationary period and a lot of programs take a big step backwards. The minute we got back from Lewiston (Idaho, site of the NAIA World Series) two years ago, we started planning and we were able to keep the program at that same high level of competitiveness. A lot of that has to do with Cody (Painter) and Chris (Cox). They deserve a lot of credit."
Another big part was the players, Cox said.
"The loss of scholarship and the probationary period can really hurt a program, but people like Jinny Parra and Carson McPherson stayed and people like Dustyn Cook, Joe Moran and Kevin Olmeda came, knowing they wouldn't get to play for a NCAA championship for their two years here. They still came and I'm grateful and the program is better because of them."
The Bison were 42-15 this season and 43-15 last year, with NAIA and OBU Hall of Famer Cox eclipsing the 1300-win mark along the way. He is the coaching wins leader among all OBU sports, all-time.