Chad Oxendine Returns to Coastal Carolina Baseball
CONWAY - Former Chanticleer baseball player and coach Chad Oxendine returns to his alma mater and will serve as the baseball program’s Director of Baseball Operations.
Oxendine spent the 2012 season with the Chanticleer coaching staff as the volunteer assistant coach and he was a standout catcher with the Chants from 2001-04. Oxendine spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Longwood and is filling the vacated spot of CCU Director of Baseball Operations that was previously held by Chris Carter, who is taking another administrative role within Chanticleer athletics.
In addition to his stints at Longwood and Coastal, Oxendine has held collegiate coaching positions at Richmond (2007-10), Alabama (2006-07) and UNC Wilmington (2005-06) in his 13 years as a collegiate coach. Additionally, he was the owner and operator of the Coastal Carolina Baseball Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011), and was a hitting coach for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (then part of the Texas Rangers system) in 2011. Oxendine was Longwood’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach while working with the program’s infielders and catchers. In 2016, the Lancers recorded their first 30-win campaign of the Division I era and finish tied for second in the Big South standings. Oxendine helped slugger Kyri Washington, who led the Big South with 15 home runs in 2015 and was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Oxendine also oversaw the development of infielder Alex Lewis, who broke out in 2016 to become one of the top hitters in the Big South. In his one season as volunteer assistant at Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers were 42-19, won the Big South regular season title, swept its way through the conference tournament to win the championship and earned and NCAA Regional berth. Under his guidance, Rich Witten, who played both first and third base in 2012, was named first team All-Big South.
Oxendine spent four seasons (2007-10) on the Richmond baseball staff, working primarily with the Spiders' catchers and baserunners. Under his direction, Richmond catcher Chris Cowell was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2010 after hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 52 RBI. On the bases, the Spiders finished in the top five in the Atlantic 10 in steals each of the last two seasons, swiping 88 in 2009 and 75 in 2010. The 2009 season also saw then freshman Adam McConnell lead all NCAA rookies with his 31 steals.
Oxendine spent 2007 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Alabama. During the 2006 season, he served as the volunteer assistant coach at UNC Wilmington. The Seahawks posted a 42-22 overall record, won a Colonial Athletic Association title and played in an NCAA Regional.
Oxendine played four years at Coastal Carolina and led the Chanticleers to four-straight Big South Conference titles and NCAA Regional berths between 2001 and 2004. The Chanticleer catcher was named co-captain his junior and senior years. He was named second team All-Big South as a senior and was voted to the Big South All-Tournament team that year.
Following his collegiate career, Oxendine signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox, where he spent one season with the Bristol (Va.) White Sox in the short season Appalachian League.
A native of Rowland, N.C., Oxendine received his bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina in 2004 in physical education.