Jamey Batten is no stranger to OCU Basketball. As senior assistant for OCU Men's Basketball, Batten helped lead the Trailblazers to a Final Four appearance in 2012 and back to back National Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to returning to OCU, Batten completed a four year stint as the head women's basketball coach at NAIA affiliate, 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 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 first-time program 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 currently serves the campus as Associate Athletic Director. He resides in Circleville, Ohio and is also a licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
Brenda Baker is entering her 4th season as an assistant coach on the Lady Trailblazer coaching staff. Her primary responsibilities will be to assist with player skill development, coordinate travel plans, and provide leadership and experience to the young Trailblazer team.