OCU Announces Hiring of New Baseball Coach
Ohio Christian University has named Greg Bigam of Circleville as its new baseball coach. Bigam is a local product of Pickaway County and brings a local connection along with a broad background in baseball to the OCU Baseball coaching position.
Bigam graduated from Westfall High School where he was the SVC Player of the Year and was inducted into the Westfall Athletic Hall of Fame in the first selection year.
Greg went on to play four years of varsity baseball at Capital University where he was captain and NCAA Division 3 Academic All American his senior year.
Ohio Christian was impressed with Bigam's years of experience with baseball and coaching. Bigam served as head baseball coach at Westfall in the early 80's, and also assisted in various levels at Circleville at various periods in the 80's, 90's, and for the past five seasons. "Greg brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience, and we are excited to see him continue to develop our baseball program here at OCU," stated Mandy Wray, Director of Athletics.
Greg has also had the great experience of broadcasting and assisting on the professional level with the Chillicothe Paints. "I've done about everything with the Paints, including helping out Manager Mark Mason in 2008 when we were short handed. Even as a broadcaster, I spent a lot of time with the manager, coaches, and players discussing all aspects of baseball while adding knowledge of hitting and pitching." Bigam also note that his years with the Paints has provided him with numerous baseball contacts.
"I am very excited to be given this opportunity. Dr. Smith, as president, is extremely enthusiastic about the growth of athletics at OCU and the potential is amazing," said Bigam. "We are going on a southern trip this spring to Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. OCU is also a part of a new conference that will mean a tougher overall schedule. "
"My first priority is to get to know the young men on the team so we can begin to prepare for next spring," stated Bigam, "but I also want to get started spreading the word that OCU offers many areas of curriculum and is a great opportunity for anyone to play competitive baseball while working on a degree." "I also see a great opportunity for someone who might be several years out of high school with baseball experience, wanting to start his education while returning to competitive baseball."