Coach James Martin returns for a second stint as an Assistant Coach here at Seminole State College. Coach Martin was a player at Seminole State from 1989 to 1991; he then went on play at Oklahoma State University for one season before being drafted by The Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992. Martin Played for Four (4) years in the Dodgers minor league organization. Martin also had one year stints with the NY Mets, The Houston Astros and Three (3) years with the Atlantic League.
Coach Martin was previously an assistant at Seminole State for Eight (8) years from 2003 to 2010 but stepped away to work in the private sector for a few years.
Coach Martin is enthuastic to be back at Seminole State College.
Dax Leone returns to coach SSC after spending the last 5 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. A Shawnee native, Coach Leone played under Coach Simmons in the late 90's, and coached at Seminole State College briefly in the mid-2000 under head coach Eric Myers. Coach Leone is proud to be returning home to coach the Trojans once again, after making a few coaching stops at some decorated NCAA Division 1, Division 2, and NAIA programs. Coach Leone brings a wide knowledge of the game of baseball, with over 15 years of coaching experience under his belt, and is one of the most respected pitching minds in all of baseball.
Leone began coaching at East Central University in August of 2001. While in Ada, Dax was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers. In 2004, with Leone's help, ECU won the Lone Star North Division Championship, their first since 1973.
In the summers of 2003 and 2004, Dax coached the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast Baseball League in British Columbia, Canada. During his time there, the Falcons had five all-conference players, and won the International Division for the first time in team history. Coach Leone also received his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from East Central University in 2004 during this time.
In 2005, Leone was hired on as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Seminole State College. While at Seminole, the Trojans lead the NJCAA with 461 strikeouts, allowing only 348 hits, a staff ERA of 3.89, while only allowing an ERA of 2.73 in conference play. During that season, eight players were drafted, three of which signed professional contracts.
After one season in Seminole, NCAA Division 1 Louisiana-Monroe offered Leone a position as their pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Leone helped bring in ULM's prestigious 2007 recruiting class, which was a consensus top-10 class, and featured five players that were eventually drafted. ULM won 30 games in 2007, and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in five years. The following season, ULM won the 2008 Sun Belt Conference with a conference record of 20-10.
In July of 2010, Coach Leone was introduced as head baseball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. Early on, Leone was instrumental in landing UCO's first contract with TPX/Louisville Slugger, and helped raise nearly $200,000 for facility improvements. Coach Leone helped double UCO's winning percentage in his first season at the helm, and helped develop the NCAA Division II home run leader in 2012, and the national record for player-hit-by-pitches in 2013. He coached three All-Americans during his time at UCO, along with several All-Region players. During his tenure, Leone won 143 games, three seasons of at least 30 wins, including 37 wins in 2014, which was the most wins for UCO since 2007. During the 2014 season, UCO had the South-central Regional Player of the Year, three All Region players, and a school record eight MIAA All Conference players.
Dax lives in Shawnee with his wife Amber and their two children, son Tal(7) and daughter Payden(5).