Wright named coach for Team Ohio

John Stegeman, Sports Editor

May 13, 2013

Paul Boggs

Jackson County Times-Journal

OAK HILL — Oak Hill High School baseball coach Jason Wright will be headed to the “Heartland” for quite the coaching honor.

That’s because Wright will be serving as an assistant coach for Team Ohio as part of the upcoming and annual Heartland Classic. The Heartland Classic is held in Norman, Oklahoma, and showcases the best high school baseball players from the states of Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Oklahoma and Texas.

This summer’s fourth annual classic will be held from Sunday, June 16 through Sunday, June 23.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be chosen as one of the coaches for Team Ohio. I look forward to working with some of the best talent Ohio has to offer and also look forward to the competition this team will see while in Oklahoma,” Wright said.

Wright has been the Oak Hill head coach for four years, and has led the Oaks to back-to-back sectional championships — the school’s first in baseball since 1978. The Oaks are aiming for a third-straight sectional championship Saturday when they welcome the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Ironton and Coal Grove.

The Oaks open tournament play at 11 a.m.

In addition, Wright will be going for his 200th career coaching victory this week as the Oaks hosted Symmes Valley on Monday before a pair of Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup matchups on Tuesday (at Minford) and Thursday (versus Wheelersburg). Wright also enjoyed success as the five-year head coach (2002 thru 2006) at Jackson, winning four-straight sectional championships and one Division II district title (2003).

Prior to Monday’s game, he sports a career record of 197-134 in 13 seasons as a varsity head coach.

Additional information about the Heartland Classic, including the schedule, can be found on the website heartlandbaseball.org.