OC baseball Coach Kurtis Lay to step down after 10 years, 300-plus wins

OC baseball Coach Kurtis Lay to step down after 10 years, 300-plus wins

After leading Odessa College to more than 300 wins, seven postseason trips and multiple national rankings, Head Baseball Coach Kurtis Lay announced he will step down at the end of this season, his 10th at the helm.

Coach Lay said it is “time to see what life holds outside of the game of baseball.”

“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater,” he said. “I would like to thank Mr. Baker, the administration team, and most of all, the players and families that have supported me throughout the years.”

OC Athletic Director Wayne Baker praised Coach Lay’s accomplishments. Under Coach Lay, over 80 student-athletes continued their academic and athletic careers, most notably 2022 Golden Spikes Award Winner Ivan Melendez, who began his collegiate career at OC in fall 2018. Eight of his players became professionals in the sport.

He led the 2020 Wranglers to a 21-2 season during which they were No. 6 ranked in the nation according to the NJCAA.  The 2017 Wranglers finished 46-13 and with a No. 2 national ranking. That year, the team won OC’s first Western Junior College Athletic Conference baseball conference championship since 2000.

Coach Lay’s tenure also saw the transformation of Wrangler Field.

Prior to becoming head coach at OC, Coach Lay was head coach for three years at Frank Phillips College, leading the Plainsmen to two of the most successful seasons in the program’s history.

In 13 seasons as a head coach, Coach Lay’s record is 407 – 294. He is 315-208 at OC.

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