Blinn baseball coach Harvey McIntyre led his Buccaneers to a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA World Series this season. And because of the team’s success, McIntyre was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year after winning the Region XIV Conference and the Southern District Coach of the Year by the NJCAA.
“This isn’t about me, because I couldn’t have done this by myself,” McIntyre said. “This is about the guys playing and assistant coaches Jonathan Ogden and coach Jordan Kopycinski who work with these guys every day. I couldn’t be more proud of what this team has done this season.”
Blinn defeated Alvin, 12-4, in the Region XIV Conference championship to claim its first region title under McIntyre and advance to its first World Series since 1992, when, under coach Kyle Van Hook, the Bucs placed third.
Blinn defeated Cochise (Ariz.) College, 7-4, in its World Series opener, then upset No. 1-ranked Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College 10-2 in an eight-inning run-rule. Miami Dade (Fla.) College and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College then handed the Bucs back-to-back losses and to a fifth-place finish.
This year marked McIntyre’s 14th season with the program. He served seven seasons as an assistant coach before being named head coach in 2008, where, in that time, the Bucs have compiled a 246-164 record and have averaged 35 wins per season and earned a berth to the Region XIV Conference tournament each year.
McIntyre is a Brenham native and a 1995 graduate of Brenham High School, where he played baseball and advanced to the state championship under Earl Hathaway. He began his college career at Howard College (1996-97), then transferred to Northwestern State University (La.), where he played for the Demons under now Texas A&M coach Rob Childress. After graduating, McIntyre played for the Alexandria Aces in 1999 before joining the Blinn coaching staff in 2000.
The baseball team is holding tryouts for the 2014-15 squad at Leroy Dreyer Field June 11 and 18.