Dover, Del. (Apr. 19, 2017) --- Delaware State Head Baseball Coach Jean-Paul “J.P.” Blandin has been selected for induction into the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall-of-Fame. The hall-of-fame was founded by the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Association to honor coaches, managers, players, teams and other individuals (umpires, league administrators, writers, groundskeepers, etc.) who have made outstanding contributions to baseball in Delaware. The Hall was founded in 1994 and now has 127 members from all segments of the baseball community in Delaware.
“We are delighted that this summer we will have our 24th class of inductees to the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame”, said committee coordinator and former Saint Mark’s coach, Tom Lemon. “We seek to honor those from the baseball community in our state who are so deserving of this recognition”, said Lemon.
In addition to Blandin, the next Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall-of-Fame class features former high school, Salisbury University and Delaware semi-pro standout Joe Morales, and the undefeated state champion 1976 Salesianum high school team.
The induction ceremony is set for Sunday, June 11 at Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, prior to the Rocks’ game against the Buies Creek Astros.
The winningest coach in Delaware State baseball history, Blandin is in his 17th season as head coach of the Hornets. He has guided the program to 407 wins, including 200 vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents.
Blandin reached the 400 career win mark at DSU with a 5-4 victory over Norfolk State on March 19 in Norfolk, Va.
The 2012 MEAC Coach-of-the-Year, Blandin has led the Hornets to six MEAC Northern Division titles and two league championship game appearances.
Prior to his coaching career, Blandin was a standout player at Wilmington (Del.) College. He helped lead the 1992 Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the 18-team NAIA World Series.