Eastern Oklahoma State College Baseball

Mountaineer Baseball Coaching Staff

Craig Price - Head Coach

Craig Price enters his fourth season as the head coach of Eastern Oklahoma State College and his eighth season overall with the Mountaineers after spending four seasons as the assistant coach.

In just his first year as head coach, Price was named Region II Coach of the Year, while guiding the Mountaineers to their third straight Region II Championship. Fifteen Mountaineers moved on to the four-year level, seven of those being Division I schools. Two Mountaineers were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Sophomore pitcher Logan Taylor was the first Mountaineer chosen with the 305th overall pick, taken in the 11th round by the New York Mets. Sophomore pitcher Blake Logan who was chosen with the 407th overall pick in the 13th round by the Miami Marlins. Blake Logan was named a 2012 All-American while sophomores Tyler Crabtree and Michael Freeman were tabbed 2012 Academic All-Americans.

The Mountaineer baseball team has been ranked nationally in each of Price’s five seasons. In those five seasons, the Mountaineers have been ranked in the top 20 in the country.

During his tenure, he has helped guide 65 players to the professional and four-year university levels. Seven have been drafted by Major League Baseball and 37 have signed with Division I schools. The Mountaineers have had at least one player drafted in each of the last five years in the MLB Draft.

Price was a high school standout infielder while playing at Buffalo Valley High School. His senior season, he earned All-State honors while guiding the Buffaloes to back-to-back State Championships. Price’s college career as a player at Eastern was cut short due to injury. During his freshman season, he set the single-season walks record with 45 and also helped guide the Mountaineers to a national ranking.

Prior to accepting his position at Eastern, Price was a student assistant at the University of Arkansas under legendary head coach Dave VanHorn. Price graduated from East Central University with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2009. He completed his master’s degree from East Central University in sports administration in the summer of 2010. Price resides in Wilburton with his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Scarlett.

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 Curt Dixon - Assistant Coach

Curt Dixon, a native of McAlester, OK, is currently in his fourth season as the pitching coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Dixon has helped guide the Mountaineer pitching staff to a Region II Championship in 2012. In his years at Eastern, four pitchers have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and 20 others who moved on to four year universities. In 2012, the Mountaineers had two of the top three strikeout leaders in NJCAA.. Both Logan Taylor (11th round, New York Mets) and Blake Logan (13th round, Miami Marlins) were taken in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Blake Logan was also named a 2012 All-American, while Michael Freeman was named 2012 Academic All-American.

During the summer, Dixon serves as head coach of the Brazos Valley Bombers in Bryan/College Station, Texas. This past summer he led the Bombers to the Texas Collegiate League title making it back to back years. This was the first time in the Texas Collegiate league a team has won back to back titles. The record breaking 2013 season was completed when Perfect Game came out with their final rankings, having the Bombers as the No. 1 team in the country. In his three seasons the bombers have won two titles and set numerous records. The Bombers won the regular season title for the third year in a row. In his time with the Bombers, they have had 30 Texas Collegiate League All-Stars, 14 Top Prospects by Perfect Game, seven Top Prospects by Baseball America and 10 players selected in major league baseball draft. Dixon received the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Texas Collegiate League Coach of the Year. Dixon’s record with the Bombers is 133-52.

Prior to coming to Eastern, Dixon was the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. During his only season at Clarke, the pitching staff set school records in Earned Run Average, opponent batting average and conference wins. In 2009 and 2010, Dixon coached at his alma mater, the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He served as the team's pitching coach and head junior varsity coach. Dixon also dealt with recruiting and fundraising in his two years at Ozarks.

As a player, Dixon set career school records at the University of the Ozarks in strikeouts, innings pitched, wins, and games started. In his senior season, he helped lead the Eagles to a 31-9 regular season record, reaching as high No. 14 in the national polls. He went 9-1 which helped earn him a spot on the ABCA All-Region Team and All-Conference Team in 2008. Dixon made national news in his senior campaign when he was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

Following his senior season, Dixon signed to play professional baseball. He played three seasons in the independent leagues with Sioux City Explorers, Southern Illinois Miners, Big Bend Cowboys and Kalamazoo Kings. In 2009, he was voted to the Continental League All-Star Game. Also, in 2009 Dixon was the Continental Leagues co-league leader in wins.

Dixon is currently working on his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in sports administration. He was a Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with emphasis in public administration. Dixon resides in Wilburton with his wife, Whitney, and their daughter, Addison.

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