Jason Cooper enters his first season at Southwestern Oregon Community College, his fourth year of coaching at the collegiate level. Cooper’s responsibilities will include coaching the infielders and hitters. He has been a graduate assistant coach at Delta State University for two years and spent time as a volunteer assistant at Johnson County Community College.
Cooper comes to SOCC after serving a year as an assistant coach for Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, MO. The Wildcats produced three All-State and five All-Conference performers in Cooper’s only campaign with the program.
Cooper assisted with the infielders and hitters for all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II baseball, Mike Kinnison. During Cooper’s tenure with the DSU baseball program (2008-2009), the Statesmen posted 86 wins, two Gulf South Conference West Division Championships (2008 & 2009), a Gulf South Conference Tournament Championship (2008), a second place finish in the 2008 South Central Regional Tournament; produced 16 All-Gulf South Conference selections, the 2008 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, eight All-South Central/South Region selections, and two ABCA All-Americans. Delta State also had three players move on to the professional ranks during that time. Kenny Smalley was selected in the 24th round of the 2008 draft by the Oakland Athletics, Devin Goodwin was selected in the 33rd round of the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and Rickey Noland also signed with St. Louis as a free agent in 2009.
Cooper enjoyed a solid playing career at Union University in Jackson, TN. He started 111 games for the Bulldogs in two seasons of play (2006-2007) while making up one half of the best middle infield in school history. He was honorable mention All-TranSouth Conference in 2006 and was awarded the TranSouth Conference gold glove award in 2007. Prior to Union, he played two seasons at Johnson County Community College under current Laker Head Coach, Daniel Esposito and NJCAA Hall of Fame coach, Kent Shelley. Cooper was also a member of the 2003 Central Missouri State University team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship, coached by current Kansas State University Head Coach, Brad Hill.
Cooper is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Delta State University in 2009.
Dale Inskeep is the assistant coach for Southwestern Oregon Community College’s baseball team. A leader in the Coos County community for 20 years, Dale is the principal of Sunset Middle School in the Coos Bay School District, the president of the Coos Bay Coast League for youth baseball, is on the board of directors for the BACAPA baseball complex, and coaches a summer travel 13 and under baseball team. Dale played many years of baseball growing up but specialized in collegiate level water polo. As the MVP/All American for the United States in Junior College, he was coached by legendary USA Olympic coach, Monte Nitzkowski, before transferring to California State University of Long Beach to complete his NCAA college water polo career. One of Dale’s major roles for the Laker Baseball Program is as a liaison between the Laker team and the community. Dale has a bachelor’s degree in writing from CSULB, a master’s degree in Education (curriculum and instruction) from the University of Oregon, and two advanced education administration degrees from Lewis & Clark College. Dale has traveled all over the world and is an avid surfer, kite surfer, and standup paddle boarder. The Dale Inskeep Band, who has played locally for over 5 years, toured several times, and has released five recordings. A highlight of his band’s performance at this year’s Music on the Bay was one of his newer songs, ‘Baseball Time Today.’ Dale is married to Dayna Inskeep and has a daughter Kelsey (16) and a son Zach (12). Zach is the SWOCC Bat Boy.
Assistant (PITCHING) Coach
Joey Haston is entering his first year of coaching at the collegiate level as Southwestern Oregon's pitching coach. He has been coaching at Warren County HS in Tennessee for the past two years where he was the head coach for the 2011 season.
Haston played for Mike Kinnison's perennial DII powerhouse Delta State from 2008-2009 where he was part of the Gulf South Conference Championship Statesmen in 2008. Haston was 8-0 in the 2008 season with his biggest win being the GSC Championship game he worked 6.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Prior to DSU, Haston played at Volunteer State CC for Coach Mike Crossland. Haston credits his coaches at Volunteer Sate for his success as a collegiate baseball player.
Haston graduated from Delta State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Assistant (HITTING) Coach
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