Blake comes to Coastal after five years at Chipola College
Men's Basketball vs. Auburn, Dec. 2
The 2015-16 season, Blake's first on the Coastal staff, featured a 21-12 overall record (12-6 Big South) as he helped the Chanticleers to a semifinal appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Along the way the Chanticleers earned the program’s first, second and third postseason victories with wins over Mercer, New Hampshire and Grand Canyon, respectively.
Along with non-conference victories over in-state foes College of Charleston and Wofford and two regular season wins over eventual Big South Tournament champion UNC Asheville, the 2015-16 season was highlighted by All-Big South honors for Shivaughn Wiggins and Elijah Wilson, while Tristian Curtis was named to not only the league’s all-academic team, but also the Big South Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Also of note during the season were Big South Player of the Week nods for Badou Diagne, Wilson and Wiggins. Diagne and Wilson also scored their 1,000 career points during the campaign.
Prior to Coastal, Blake served on the men’s basketball staff at Chipola for five years, the first two as an assistant and the final three seasons as head coach. In his time as head coach, he compiled an overall record of 62-30 and was named the 2013-14 Panhandle Conference and state coach of the year.
During the 2013-14 season, which produced a 26-6 record, Coach Blake led the Indians to a Panhandle Conference Championship, NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship and an Elite Eight appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Indians' squad featured the top junior college player in the country, Cinmeon Bowers. All five starting sophomores from the 2013-14 team signed NCAA Division I scholarships: Bowers (Auburn), Sam Cassell, Jr. (UConn), Torian Graham (Houston), Carlos Morris (Minnesota), and Demetrious Floyd (Stephen F. Austin). Furthermore, Cassell, Jr. earned NJCAA All-American honors and was named the FCSAA Male Athlete of the Year.
For the 2012-13 season, the Indians posted a 26-5 record and a second-place finish in the Panhandle Conference. Blake’s first recruiting class produced three Panhandle All-Conference selections and was comprised of five of the nation’s top-40 players, including the No. 1 and No. 4 ranked players overall.
In addition to his work on the court, Blake led the Indians to an improved performance in the classroom and in the community. The Indians posted a team GPA of greater than 3.0 and saw the largest turnout for Chipola’s Basketball Camp.
Prior to being named as head coach, Blake served as an assistant coach at Chipola during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Indians won the Panhandle Conference in 2011.
Before Chipola, Blake served as a graduate assistant under head coach Andy Kennedy at the University of Mississippi.
Blake graduated from the University of Louisville in June 2009 with a degree in business marketing. At Louisville, he was a student manager for head coach Rick Pitino for four years, serving as head manager for the last two. Blake is a native of Evansville, Indiana.