Joe Blackwell enters his second season at the helm after taking over the Southwestern Christian University baseball program prior to the beginning of the 2015 season.
In his first year, the Eagles enjoyed their most successful season in the programs history. SCU finished the season at 26-26, made a deep run in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament and competed in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament.
SCU upped its overall win total by 18 from the 2014 season. The Eagles win seven more games in SAC play this season.
Blackwell joined the SCU coaching staff in its inaugural season in 2014 as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He also serves as SCU’s Vice President of Development.
Prior to joining the SCU baseball staff, Blackwell spent 11 years coaching travel/select teams that participated in events in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Blackwell is certified with the National Federation of High School Coaches as an accredited interscholastic coach. In addition to his travel/select team experience, Blackwell spent five years working with the baseball program at Tuttle High School.
Blackwell, a native of Oklahoma City, graduated from Moore High School and played collegiately at Rose State. After his playing career, Blackwell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene. He is currently pursuing an MBA from Concordia University.
Blackwell and his wife, Dana, have been married 18 years and have two children, Blake and Shelby.
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Tim Braaten enters his third season as a member of the Southwestern Christian University coaching staff. Braaten serves as associate head coach and as is in charge of player development. He also serves as Resident Director at SCU.
Braaten, a native of Broken Arrow, Okla., joined the SCU baseball program in 2014 after serving as an assistant coach at Bethany High School. At Bethany, he served as hitting coach and worked with the team’s infielders. Braaten also runs a summer baseball organization called the Bethany Bulls. The Bulls compete on the high school level in American Legion as well as on the collegiate level in Kansas’ Jayhawk League.
Braaten graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and education from Southern Nazarene and is currently pursing a master’s degree at SCU.
Braaten and his wife, Nikki, live in Bethany, Okla.
Forrest Weaver enters his second season on the Southwestern Christian University coaching staff as pitching coach and head coach for the JV program.
Weaver joined the staff after playing for the Eagles during their inaugural season in 2014.
A native of Glenpool, Okla., Weaver began his college baseball career at Oklahoma Wesleyan after graduating from Mounds High School in 2010. The 5-foot-9 lefty pitched three seasons at Oklahoma Wesleyan and was a part of an NCCAA national championship team in 2011 and NCCAA runner-up team in 2012.
Weaver transferred to SCU in 2013 and served as team captain during the Eagles’ inaugural season. During the 2014 season, Weaver made 12 appearances for SCU and struck out 16 in 59.1 innings of work.
Weaver graduated from SCU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management focused in kinesiology. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology at Southern Nazarene.