Men's Basketball Coaches
Tony Stockman - Head Coach
OCU believes that Stockman will take Ohio Christian Basketball to a new level of success. "Coach Stockman has great experience in Basketball and has played at every level. He will be a great addition to our team to continue what Coach Christopher has built; however, Tony's commitment to Christ and character development will be the greatest addition to OCU and this community," said OCU President Dr. Mark Smith.
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.
"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.
OCU athletic director Ben Belleman commented on the addition Tony Stockman to the athletic department. "Tony is a top quality individual that will connect strongly with our students, our campus, and the local community. He is committed to building character, investing in his players, and knows how to relate to today's student athlete. His presence on our campus will immediately give OCU basketball increased exposure and interest across the entire state of Ohio and throughout the midwest."
"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. His family plans on living in Circleville and being actively involved in the community.
Jamey Batten - Senior Assistant
Coach Batten comes to OCU after 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 three times in the NAIA Top 25 National Poll in 2011. Batten leaves CCU as the All-Time Career wins leader. Batten led CCU to the their first ever wins against Asbury University, Midway College, Brescia University, Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, and Kentucky Christian University. He coached 5 All-Region and All-Conference players and helped one player sign a full ride NCAA Division 1 scholarship to IUPUI during his tenure.
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 Mike Farrell, Tim Baker, Mike Baker, and Stefan Vasiloff ushered in a new era of success for OCU men's basketball. During the 2011-12 season, Batten brought in another strong recruiting class and helped lead OCU to a 27-10 mark as the Traiblazers reached the NCCAA Final Four for the first time in school history.
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 Athletic Recruiting Coordinator and as Webmaster of the OCU Athletic Website. He resides in Circleville, Ohio and is also a licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
Travis Stonerock - JV Head Coach
Sam Sisley - JV Assistant Coach
Sam Sisley is a product of Southampton, England. He played collegiately at OCU from 2007-2010. He grew up playing for Solent Kestrels basketball club in England where he won a national championship. In 2006 he moved to the United States and played for Harvest Prep in Canal Winchester. Playing point guard during the 2006-07 season, Sisley led Prep to the state title game.
Sisley is currently at teacher at New Hope Christian School in Circleville. He coached at New Hope during the 2011-12 basketball season. Sisley has also made a name for himself as a basketball entertainer as he performs dribbling exhibitions and ball handling tricks at special events across the country. Sisley and his wife Lauren live in Circleville.