Crabtree Resigns as Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Murray State College
Tishomingo, Okla. (July 6, 2017) – Murray State College has announced the resignation of Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Zach Crabtree. In 2010 Crabtree began his tenure as Head Baseball Coach and was named Athletic Director three years later in 2013.
"Zach Crabtree will always be a legend at Murray State College, and we wish him well as he begins a new chapter at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Zach brought us a national championship in 2013, and he will bring a great deal of knowledge and determination to his home community and the baseball program at SOSU," MSC President Joy McDaniel said.
Under Crabtree the athletic department and baseball program have both grown and flourished.
Leading the Aggies on the field, Crabtree had unprecedented success during his tenure. Over seven seasons he amassed a record of 281-134. In 2013 he led the team to a National Championship and brought the Aggies back to the World Series in 2017. He also won conference championships in 2012 and 2014 as well.
He was named the NJCAA Div. II Coach of the Year, A.B.C.A. Div. II JUCO Coach of the Year, the Diamond Sports NJCAA Div. II Coach of the Year, and NJCAA Div. II World Series Coach of the Tournament following his national title in 2013, and was the NJCAA Div. II Region 2 Coach of the Year as well as NJCAA Div. II Plains District Coach of the Year in both 2013 and again in 2017.
While serving as Athletic Director, Crabtree brought stability and growth to the MSC Athletic Department. Among the many achievements during his time as Athletic Director include adding Men’s and Women’s soccer programs, assisting with numerous facility upgrades, and improving the sports information presence for MSC athletics.
Crabtree’s tenure was probably best highlighted by team success on the field. In addition to all of the accolades the baseball team accomplished during his time at Murray State, the Women’s Basketball team won the Region II Tournament and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2015 for the first time since 1981, the Men’s and Women’s Golf teams have become perennial national contenders, and in 2017 the Women’s Softball team achieved a record of 33-20 breaking the school record by 13 games.
Message from Coach Zach Crabtree:
“Let me start by saying thank you to Murray State College! Thank you for seven great years. My family and I will forever be grateful for the time we spent as Aggies! I couldn’t ask for anything else from the administration, faculty, or staff! Southeastern Oklahoma State University presented an opportunity that was very beneficial to my family, I didn’t go looking for it, and I would not have left MSC for any other school. I gave the Aggies everything I had for seven years, and I hope and pray that I made a positive impact not only on the baseball program and athletic department, but the campus as a whole. I would like to say thank you to the MSC Board of Regents and President McDaniel for all that they do! I would like to thank Vice President Gray for her unwavering support, guidance, and leadership for the past seven years. She is the best! I would like to thank every assistant coach I had during my seven years: Lloyd Gage, Sam Bjorling, Brandon Marris, Nick Calhoun, Alan Trayler, and Justin Bowen. Thank you men for helping make something special at The Ranch, it wasn’t easy! If it was, there would be more than two NJCAA baseball National Champions from Oklahoma in NJCAA history! Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank every young man that ever wore an Aggie jersey from 2011 until 2017! Each is special to me and my family! Thank you for being an Aggie, and thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your life. I love everyone one of you! Let it Loose!”