Eastern Oklahoma State College Baseball

Mountaineer Baseball Coaching Staff

Craig Price - Head Coach

Craig Price enters his fifth season as the head coach of Eastern Oklahoma State College and his ninth 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. In four years as head coach 13 Mountaineers have been named Academic-All Americans while two players, Austin Kerns in 2015 and Blake Logan in 2012, were named NJCAA D1 Baseball All-Americans.

The Mountaineer baseball team has been ranked nationally in three of Price’s four seasons. He has helped guide 92 players to the professional and four-year university levels. Seven have been drafted by Major League Baseball and 51 have signed with Division I schools. The Mountaineers have had at least one current or former player drafted in each of the last eight years in the MLB Draft.

Price was a high school standout infielder while playing at Buffalo Valley High School. In 2015 Price was inducted into the Buffalo Valley Athletic Hall of Fame. 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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Nathan Lawrence - Recruiting Coordinator and Head Junior Varsity Coach

Nathan Lawrence enters his first season as recruiting coordinator and head junior varsity coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Prior to coming to Eastern, Lawrence spent the last two years at Pratt Community College where he served as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach.

During his time as pitching coach, the Beavers lowered their team ERA, walks, and losses while increasing wins and strikeouts. As recruiting coordinator, he was able to sign players from five different states and four different countries. He received his certification in biomechanics from the National Pitching Association in the fall of 2014.

In 2012-2013, Lawrence coached at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri where he served has hitting and catching coach. Lawrence graduated from the College of the Ozarks where he was a three-year starter.

In the summer of 2012, Lawrence began coaching in the MINK League for the Springfield Generals. Four players from that team continued their playing career in professional baseball.

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Kyle Price - Assistant Coach

Kyle Price enters his second season as the assistant baseball coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Price serves as the teams first base coach, infield coach, and assisting with the hitting coach duties.

Prior to coming to Eastern, Price served as the Director of Operations for the World Baseball Outreach based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2009 to 2011. He graduated from Oral Roberts University where he was apart of the ORU Baseball program that won 15 straight conference championships. Price began his collegiate career at Eastern Oklahoma State College as an infielder for the Mountaineers from 2006 to 2007. He was selected in the 45th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.

Price was a high school standout infielder while playing at Buffalo Valley High School. His senior season, He earned All-State honors while playing on back-to-back State Championship teams.