STILLWATER – The Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association recognized five coaches inducted into their Hall of Fame Saturday, including former Shawnee baseball coach Todd Boyer and Tecumseh Baseball coach Jeff Shafer. Former SWOSU coach Hal Holt, former Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier and former Wellston coach Rick Fredman were also recognized at the event in Stillwater during the OBCA Winter Clinic.
Boyer has been a mainstay in the Shawnee community and baseball program for 26 years.
In 1991, Boyer took an assistant coaching position at Shawnee, under fellow inductee Jeff Shafer. In 2007, he was named head baseball coach, a position he held until 2017, when he transitioned to athletic director for the Wolves.
In 11 seasons as a head coach, Boyer’s coaching record was 277-130, which included eight regional championships and a three-peat as state champions in 2015, 2016, and 2017. With a 40-0 record, Boyer’s 2017 squad was named High School Baseball National Champion. He won 52 consecutive games dating back to the 2016 season.
Boyer has been the recipient of several OBCA awards, including High School Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2017. He was named Oklahoma Coach of the Year by several other associations and media outlets in 2015 and 2017. Following the 2017 season, he was named OCA Large East All State Coach, National Region 6 Coach of the Year, NHSCA National Coach of the Year and USA Today National Coach of the Year.
In addition to these accomplishments, Boyer has been a loyal member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association and many other state and national organizations. Boyer was an OBCA board member and also the President-Elect for 2015 and 2016.
Shafer has been a head baseball coach at high school and collegiate levels for 31 years heading into 2018. His high school head coaching career began in Junction City, Texas in 1987.
Shafer moved to Oklahoma and has been head coach at Metro Christian, Shawnee, Seminole State College, Edmond Santa Fe, and most recently, at Tecumseh High School, where he has been the head coach and Athletic Director since 2014. Shafer also spent summers as the hitting instructor for the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate from 1997 to 2002.
Shafer has accumulated 490 wins as a high school coach and nine regional titles. His teams were four-time state semi-finalists. At the college level, he led the Seminole State Trojans to 227 wins and a trip to the World Series in 2009, the year he was also named ABCA Region Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame at both the Tulsa Union and Shawnee. Shafer also coached in the Gulf Coast League All-Star game in 2001.
Coach Shafer is currently the President of the OBCA and has been a huge part of the OBCA, OCA and numerous other coaches associations. He is co-founder and co-director of the Oklahoma Baseball Show and the Central Oklahoma College Showcase.
Hal Holt began his coaching career in 1984 as the Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach for a year at SWOSU, where he also served as president of the athletes’ Lettermen’s “O” Club.
Before going into school administration, Holt coached 15 years of high school baseball: five years as an assistant at Blanchard and l0 years as head coach at Sentinel.
As an assistant coach under Head Coach T. J. Vermillion, Blanchard’s baseball teams advanced to the State Tournament all five years, finishing as State Runner-up three times. In 1990, his final season at Blanchard, Holt was selected as Oklahoma Baseball Coaches’ Association Assistant Coach of the Year.
Hal Holt coached a total of 20 seasons at Sentinel over a 10-year period, accumulating 584 wins and 146 losses. Holt’s Bulldogs advanced to the State Tournament 15 times, winning two titles in 1991 and 1999. Sentinel finished runner-up three times during the fall of 1991, and the 1993 and 2000 spring seasons.
Coach Holt has been a loyal member of the OBCA since the beginning of his illustrious baseball coaching career in Oklahoma.
Dozier began his coaching career at Weatherford High School in 1985 before moving to Guthrie in 1988 to coach junior high football and baseball.
In 1990, Dozier moved to Carl Albert High School, where he remained until his retirement in 2017. Twenty-two of his 27 years at Carl Albert were spent coaching. Dozier was named Head Baseball Coach in 1995 and had two stints as the Carl Albert skipper: 1995-2000 and 2005-2015.
With a final record of 563 wins, 162 losses and one tie, Dozier led the Titans to 15 regional championships in 17 seasons, reaching the state finals nine times. The Titans reached the state finals every year from 2012-2015. Carl Albert won five state baseball titles under Dozier's leadership in 2007, 2009, and a three-peat from 2012-2014.
Coach Dozier has won seven OBCA Coach of the Year awards, three OCA Regional Coach of the Year awards, and three “Big All-City” Coach of the Year awards. He was also the OCA Large West All-State coach in 2005, and the Heartland Classic coach in 2011. He has been named state coach of the year by many different organizations including the NFHS in 2012, “The Oklahoman” in 2014, and the OCA in 2014. He won the Ferguson Jenkins Award in 2014.
Dozier is the founder of the Red Dirt Summer League and co-founder/co-director of the Oklahoma Baseball Show and the Central Oklahoma College Showcase.
Fredman began his baseball coaching career in 1981 in western Oklahoma at Burns Flat. He moved to Wellston in 1987, where he has been a Wellston Tiger for 30 years and remains very involved as the school’s Athletic Director.
During Coach Fredman’s long baseball coaching career, he accumulated 509 wins. Fredman’s teams have won 18 District titles, 4 Regional championships, and also a State runner-up in 2002.
He has coached 7 All-State players, and 18 All-Conference players. In 2001, he coached Team Oklahoma in the Junior Sunbelt Classic, and was named the East All-State Coach in 2009. Coach Fredman has been a great proponent and mentor for the Oklahoma baseball community.
He is a longtime member of both the OCA and the OBCA. Through his dedication to young men and his peers, Coach Fredman has many great relationships throughout Oklahoma.