Jeff Shafer, enters his fifth season as head coach of the Seminole State Trojans. The 2010 team compiled a record of 35-19-1 and placed four players on the All-Region First Team. The Trojans also excelled in the classroom with four Academic All-Americans. In 2009 the Trojans finished with a record of 40-20 and won the Region II Tournament in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the South Central District Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. This qualified SSC for their fifteenth appearance in the Juco World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Coach Shafer was selected as the Region II Coach of the Year, South Central District Coach of the Year, the ABCA Regional Coach of the Year, and the Oklahoma Collegiate Coach of the Year. The Trojans, under Coach Shafer's guidance, have compiled a 146-79 record. During his tenure, 22 student-athletes have signed with a Division I University and 3 players signed professional contracts. The 2008 club tied for first in the Bi-State Conference and featured the NJCAA Player of the Year Joe Patterson.
Shafer's ties to the Seminole State Baseball program go back to 1980 when he came to the college as a player under legendary Trojan Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons. Shafer played at Seminole State for two years and was part of two NJCAA National Runner-Up teams. Those teams compiled a cumulative win-loss record of 164-16.
From Seminole, he moved on to play in the Southwest Conference at Texas Christian University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education. While working at Metro Christian Academy and Shawnee High School, he continued his academic work and earned a masters degree in 1994 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Coach Shafer began his coaching career at Johnson City High School in Johnson City, Texas for three years. Then he moved to Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma for three years. His next stop was at Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma where he held the head coaching position from 1991 to 2006. During that time his teams collected a record of 369-244. Shawnee appeared in the Oklahoma State Tournament eight of his last nine years and played in the semi-finals three of the last four. Beginning in 1997, he worked in player development as an instructor with the Minnesota Twins organization during the summer months.
Coach Shafer and his wife Rae Ann, have three children, Blakely 20, Jeffrey 13, and Jayden 10.
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Brady Huston enters his second year as an assistant coach with the Seminole State Trojans and will once again serve as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2011, Huston helped guide the Trojan pitching staff to 40 wins and a #9 ranking while posting a 3.44 ERA, the lowest since the 2003 season. En route to a 40 win season, the Trojans posted 19 wins against teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation. In 2011, the Trojan pitching staff had 6 pitchers sign at Division 1 schools including Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Marshall, Dallas Baptist, and Louisiana Lafayette. Also in 2011, sophomore LHP Wayland Moore was named to the NJCAA All-American Team with a perfect 9-0 record and 80K's in 69 Innings. In the summer of 2011, the Trojan pitching staff put 6 players in summer collegiate leagues while Chase Stevens was named the 14th overall prospect and an All-Star in the Northwood's League.
Huston came to Seminole State after spending a year and a half at Wharton County Junior College. In his only season at Wharton, his pitching staff was instrumental in guiding the Pioneers to regular season wins against the #1, #2, #15, and #18 teams in the country as well as a birth in the Region XIV tournament. In 2010, his staff ranked in the top eight in ERA, innings pitched, hits allowed, and runs allowed in the TNMJCA while picking off 47 base runners. At Wharton, Huston had one recruit taken in the 2010 draft and saw five players sign Division I scholarships. Under his leadership, the Pioneers had four players named to the TNMJCA All-Star team and five players named to the Region XIV All-Academic Team.
His collegiate coaching career began at Sul Ross State University where he served as the hitting/catching/outfield coach and recruiting coordinator. Under Huston, the offense set team highs for the past decade in average, hits, RBI, runs, doubles, and homeruns. His catchers also saw improvement and led the American Southwest Conference in throw out percentage at 32%. While at Sul Ross, Huston had one player named to the NCAA All-American team and three players named to the American Southwest All-Conference team. Perhaps the largest role Huston played at Sul Ross came as the recruiting coordinator where he made an immediate impact recruiting players from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Under the guidance of Head Coach Bobby Mesker, Huston's first recruiting class won 13 more games than the Lobos had since 1999.
Prior to his arrival at Sul Ross State, Huston spent a year in the front office with the Florida Marlins Triple-A Affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Huston has also served as a head coach for the Burkburnett Blacksox organization, a college preparatory program.