Head Coach Tony Stockman enjoyed a memorable inaugural season as he led the Trailblazers to the very first NCCAA National Championship in school history during his first year as coach. The Trailblazers went 27-8 overall and 22-0 against NCCAA Division II competition on their way to the National Title.
Stockman is a product of Medina, Ohio and is no stranger to basketball in the Buckeye state. Stockman was named Mr. Basketball Ohio in 2000 after averaging 25.5 points per game and becoming the all-time leading scorer at Medina High School where he led his team to a 58-9 record in three seasons. He then signed with Clemson University where he would prove to be the top freshman in the ACC with a scoring average of 12.0 in his first season. In his 2nd season at Clemson he was the leading sophomore scorer in ACC play with an average of 14.1 points per game in conference games.
Stockman became an Ohio State Buckeye following the 2001-02 season when he transferred from Clemson University. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, he averaged 13.6 points per game to lead Ohio State in scoring as a junior. As a senior, he led Ohio State to a 20-12 record under new head coach Thad Matta.
"Tony is a leader in every sense of the word," said Ohio State Coach Thad Matta. "He was a floor general for us and was the closest thing you could get to a coach on the floor." Stockman comes to OCU with strong ties to both Thad Matta at Ohio State University and John Groce at Ohio University. Both coaches have served as mentors to Coach Stockman for the past nine years and will continue in that relationship in his new role at OCU.
"I want to help young men grow on and off the court as they become future leaders in our community," said Stockman. "Ohio Christian University is a great place to grow and develop both spiritually and as a young professional. If you are a young person looking for that kind of opportunity, then OCU is the place to be." Stockman is married to his wife Brittany and the couple has three sons - Tayden, Maddox, and Braysen.
Assistant Coach Jamey Batten is no stranger to OCU Basketball. Batten helped lead the Trailblazers to a Final Four appearance in 2012 and a National Championship in 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Prior to returning to OCU, Batten completed a four year stint as the head women's basketball coach at NAIA affilate, Cincinnati Christian University. At Cincinnati Christian, Batten led the Golden Eagles to a 56-32 (.636) overall record while reaching the Elite 8 of the 2009 National Tournament, earning an NCCAA Division I Top 10 Ranking in 2010, and appearing in the NAIA Top 25 National Poll on three occassions in 2011. Batten left CCU in 2011 as the all-time career wins leader for women's basketball. He led the Golden Eagles to historic wins over Asbury University, Midway College, Brescia University, Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, and Kentucky Christian University. During his tenure, he coached five All-Region and All-Conference players and assisted one player in signing a full ride, NCAA Division I scholarship to IUPUI.
Batten, a longtime member of the OCU family, served previously at Ohio Christian from 2003-2007 and was named the Athletic Director and Head Coach of the men's basketball team in 2005. His 2006-07 team was ranked as high as 8th in the NCCAA Division II National Poll. His 2007 recruiting class comprised of Dan Garnett, Mike Farrell, Tim Baker, Mike Baker, Sam Sisley, and Stefan Vasiloff ushered in a new era of success for OCU men's basketball.
Batten played for Ohio Christian from 1997-2001 and was a team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of the 2000 team that earned an at-large bid to the NCCAA National Tournament. Batten graduated in 2001 with his BA in teacher education and earned his state of Ohio teaching certification. Upon graduation he took a position at CCA Prep Academy as Head Coach and Athletic Director. In his two years at CCA he led the Runnin Jaguars to an SOCL Conference Championship and State Runner-Up finish.
Batten works with post player development and also serves the campus as Associate Athletic Director. He resides in Circleville, Ohio and is also a licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
Coach Ty Manuel comes to OCU fresh off an NIT Championship at Baylor University in 2013. Manuel served as a grad assistant student manager on the Baylor Bears men's basketball team from 2011 to 2013.
After earning his Masters in Sports Administration from Baylor, Coach Ty came to OCU to serve under head coach Tony Stockman in the summer of 2013.
Manuel will serve in various roles including coaching the junior varsity team as well as team operations. Coach Ty also serves the AGS program at OCU as an enrollment counselor.