Coaching Staff - Athletics
Head Coach Chris Barney
Chris Barney will begin his ninth season with VU Blazer Baseball in 2016-17. He led VU to its first ever appearance in the NJCAA Div. II World Series in 2010 and guided the Trailblazers back to the national tournament in 2014. VU won its first game of the 2014 World Series.
Over the past six years, the Trailblazers have sent more than 50 players on to continue their diamond careers at four-year programs and 18 players have signed with NCAA Div. I schools such as Alcorn State, Indiana, Dayton, IPFW, Purdue, Ball State, Ohio U., Morehead State, Stetson and High Point after completing their VU careers. Two Trailblazer players from the 2014 team were named NJCAA All-Americans.
Coach Barney has amassed an impressive collegiate and professional coaching resume' over the past two decades, including 13 years as an assistant and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Southern Indiana. His previous head coaching duties included heading up the Quincy Gems and Springfield Rifles of the Central Illinois League. After starting his career as an assistant with his alma mater Tennessee Wesleyan in 1989, Coach Barney has been an assistant coach with the Mid-West Sliders of the Frontier League and at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. In addition, he has been on the staffs of the New England Collegiate League's Vermont Mountaineers and St. John's River College in Palatka, FL.
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