Coach Mandy Wray
Mandy Wray enters her sixth season as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Christian University and has built the Lady Trailblazers into one of the top NCCAA Division II programs in the country. Wray brings a wealth of experience both as a player and coach to the Trailblazers basketball squad.
Last season, Coach Wray's squad earned an at-large bid to the NCCAA Division II National Tournament. In their second consecutive NCCAA National Tournament appearance, the Lady Blazers finished 3rd in the Nation. Wray led the Lady Trailblazers to another successful season, including an OCAC (Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference) Championship for the second straight season.
In her five seasons at OCU, Wray already has more wins than any other women's basketball coach in the history of the program, Wray has earned Coach of the Year honors three times,last season as the Mid-East Region Coach of the Year, in 2009 as the OCAC Coach of the Year, and in 2008 was named the ACCA National Coach of the Year, when she led OCU to the ACCA Final Four in the program's first winning season.
After a successful high school career at Bishop Hartley (Columbus, OH), where she played in the Final Four of the State Tournament in 1997, Wray went on to excel in college at James Madison University (NCAA DI). As a Duke, she was a Team Captain, earned the team's Hustle Award, Leadership Award, and Courage Award. She was also voted the Team's Most Valuable Player and was a CAA and GTE Scholar Athlete.
Wray continued her coaching career in 2001, becoming the top assistant at Ohio Dominican University. In her second season with Ohio Dominican she was instrumental in leading the Lady Panthers back to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in school history. During the 2005-2006 season she also served as the head coach of the JV team and stepped into the role of interim head coach of the varsity program.
Wray received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison with a minor in Middle Education in 2001. In 2004, she completed her master's degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University.
Wray also serves as the Program Director of the Sports Management and Ministry program. She resides in Canal Winchester with her husband, Scott, and three daughters Kiley (5), Alexis (3), and Jaden (9 months).
The Wray File
- NCCAA Division II National Runner-up - 2010
- ACCA National Tournament Final Four - 2008
- OCAC Conference Champions - 2010
- OCAC Coach of the Year - 2010
- ACCA National Coach of the Year - 2008
- Mid-East Region Runner-up - 2010
- Undefeated home record 13-0 - 2010
- Ranked #1 for first time in school history - 2010
- 4 ACCA All-Americans
- 5 NCCAA All-Americans
- 1 ACCA National Player of the Year
- 1 NCCAA National Tournament MVP
- 3 NCCAA Scholar-Athletes
- 5 All-OCAC players
- 1 OCAC Player of the Year
- 7 All Mid-East Region players
- 1 Mid-East Region Player of the Year
|Coach Wray's Career Record || || || || |
|2007-08||17||14 ||.548 ||ACCA Final Four|
|2008-09||15 ||6||.714|| |
|2009-10||26||6||.813||NCCAA National Runner-Up|
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Assistant Coach Scott Wray
Scott Wray is entering his second season as an assistant coach on his wife's staff. He has spent the last several seasons assisting with recruiting for the Lady Trailblazer program. His primary responsibilities will be to serve as the Recruiting Coordinator and player development.
Wray served an assistant coach to the freshman boy's team at Harvest Prep in 2004-05 when they were Mid-State League Champions. Scooter played college basketball at World Harvest Bible College from 2001-03. In 2001, the Warriors won the NBCAA National Championship, and Wray also won the team's Warrior Award for his outstanding leadership that season.
Throughout his playing career, he also played on several summer traveling teams that won over 150 tournaments. He has had opportunities to work out and train with several top European professional basketball stars, including Jeff Gibbs, Kelley Mc Clure, and Brandon Jennings.
Scooter is also the Head of Security at OCU. He and his wife Mandy have been married for nine years and have three daughters Kiley (5), Alexis (3), and Jaden (9 months).
Assistant Coach Brenda (Carter) Baker
Brenda Baker is entering her second 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.
Brenda finished her college career as the most decorated women's basketball player to ever play at OCU. She played her first two seasons at Columbus State Community College before transferring to OCU for her last two seasons. In just two years at OCU, she set the school records for points in a career (1,132), career field goals (470), career FG% (61%), steals in a career (146), and points in a single game (44).
Brenda is only the second women's basketball player to join the 1,000 point club, and she is a two-time All-American and First Team All Mid-East Region member. In her senior campaign, she was also named the OCAC Player of the Year and received NCCAA Scholar Athlete honors.
Brenda is also a Financial Aid counselor at OCU, and resides in Hilliard with her husband Michael.
Assistant Coach DJ Malone
DJ Malone is in his first season as an assistant coach under Coach Wray, but he is no stranger to Trailblazer basketball, after serving as a men’s basketball assistant under Coach Christopher the past several years. DJ’s primary responsibilities will include: assisting with individual skill development, coordinating film exchange and scouting at OCU. He resides in Circleville with his wife Molly.