Former Wildcat, Weevil Miner named Panhandle State coach

GOODWELL, Okla. — Former Watson Chapel and Arkansas-Monticello player Jason Miner has been named head baseball coach at NCAA Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State.

The Goodwell university announced Miner’s promotion Monday, pending approval of the Board of Regents in September.

“I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to getting closer with the team,” Miner said in a press release. “We’ve got a good foundation for a competitive program; I hope to continue building the program to help us be competitive in the Heartland Conference.”

Miner was the assistant softball coach at Panhandle State for the previous two seasons. He also is the head cross country coach and will balance both schedules in the fall.

Miner graduated from Watson Chapel in 2000, when the Wildcats won the AAAA state championship (in the old AAAAA system). He spent the next four years playing collegiately for the Boll Weevils and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2004. He added a master of business administration degree from Piedmont College in Georgia three years later.

Miner was head softball coach at Lyon College from 2008-11. Before that, he was a softball assistant at Piedmont, assistant SID at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and student assistant softball coach at UAM. He also coached American Legion baseball in Pine Bluff.

Miner replaces Steve Appel, who was named head coach at the University of the Southwest in New Mexico. Panhandle State went 12-37 and 2-27 in the Heartland this past season.