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OVU's Crawford Retires from Baseball helm

December 7, 2015, (Vienna, W.Va.) – The Ohio Valley University men’s baseball program marked the end of an era as Head Coach Bob Crawford is retiring after 17 seasons with the Fighting Scots, OVU Athletic Director Chad Porter announced.

“On behalf of all OVU baseball alumni I would like to thank Coach Crawford for his dedication and many years of coaching. He is a tremendous mentor to our players and we are blessed to have him on staff,” said Porter.

Crawford plans to stay actively involved with OVU athletics and serve the university as Director of Student-Athlete Spiritual Enrichment and Assistant Athletic Director. Porter, who currently serves as OVU’s athletic director and formerly coached men’s baseball at OVU, will step in as the head men’s baseball coach for the upcoming season.

“It has been an honor to coach at OVU,” Crawford said. “With prayers from family and friends, this seemed like the right time to make this decision. Chad is a great coach and he will do a fine job. God has blessed me with seventeen great years as head coach and I am looking forward to my new role here at Ohio Valley University.”

Crawford’s most successful season came this past spring when he led the Fighting Scots to a second place finish in the G-MAC Baseball Championships.

“It’s an honor to serve a dual role as athletic director and head baseball coach at my alma mater,” Porter noted. “I would like to thank President Shank, Coach Crawford and my wife Valissa for the confidence and support they have given me in this new position. I am excited about the future of athletics here at OVU. I am looking forward to working with Coach Crawford and the rest of the staff to continue building winning athletic programs at OVU. I am excited for the future.”

Per current NCAA Division II regulations, Porter is eligible serve as both the athletic director and head baseball coach. According to a 2013 NCAA census, about 12 percent of athletic directors and five percent of compliance administrators also serve as coaches.

Prior to accepting the athletic director position at OVU, Porter served as the head baseball coach at Texas A&M International from 2008 to 2014. From 2004 to 2008, Porter spent five seasons as the head baseball coach at OVU while the university was a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). In his third season as head coach in 2006, OVU achieved a school record 37 wins. That record setting season included a WVIAC tournament championship, NCAA Division II North-Atlantic Regional berth and the program’s first NCAA Division II national ranking. Porter was named WVIAC Coach of the Year in 2006 for these accomplishments.

The Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots will open their baseball season Feb. 6 when they travel to Montevallo, Ala., to take on the Falcons of the University of Montevallo. Their first home game will be on March 1at 3:00pm at Parkersburg City Park’s Bennett Stump Field against West Virginia State University.

Bennett Stump Field serves as the official home field for the OVU Fighting Scots men’s baseball team. “This fall the OVU baseball team and coaching staff--in conjunction with the baseball team and coaching staff at Parkersburg High School--spent numerous volunteer hours improving the field and prepping it for the upcoming spring season,” said Porter.

Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. However, students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. OVU student-athletes compete on seven men’s and seven women’s teams as proud members of the NCAA Division II, The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC). To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.

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