Head Coach JP Blandin
Blandin has compiled a 264-286-5 record since taking over as head coach of the Hornets prior to the 2001 season. In his 12th season as the Hornets’ skipper, Blandin has accounted for more than 30 percent of the school’s total wins (799 in 55 seasons). Blandin picked up his 200th-career victory with a 10-6 win over the Delaware Blue Hens on April 8, 2008, reaching the 200-win plateau in 394 games (fewer games than any other coach in school history). Prior to the milestone, he reached the 100-win mark faster than any coach in team history, achieving the milestone in 151 games. Blandin led the Hornets to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division crown in each of his first three seasons. In MEAC play, Blandin has amassed a 107-53 (.669) record.
Last season, Blandin guided DSU to a 26-29 overall record and a second place finish in the MEAC with an 11-7 mark in conference play. In addition, Delaware State's Scott Davis was named 2011 MEAC Player-of-the-Year, while 1B Ryan Haas joined Davis on the All-MEAC First Team. In additon, Davis was a 2011 CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-America Honorable Mention and American Baseball Coaches Association All-East Region Second team. Outfielder Troy Drummond, pitcher Jordan Elliott and catcher Cameron Cecil were 2011 All-MEAC Second Team selections.
Blandin was also instrumental in helping Ross Babineaux earn MEAC Player of the Year, and Hornet pitcher Dan Perkins receive league Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in 2009.
Assistant Coach Chris Barker
Barker is in his second year on the Delaware State University coaching staff. This year, Barker will serving as the recruiting coordinator while directing the team's offense and defense.
In 2012, Barker assisted in directing the offense that was second in the nation in on-base percentage (.423), second in runs scored (475), first in the country in hit-by-pitches and 15th in batting average (.306).
Barker graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 with a degree in communication studies.
He became UNCG's school leader in hit-by-pitches (42) in two seasons and was fourth in the nation in hit-by-pitches (26). He led the team in stolen bases and was among the top ten in the conference for on-base percentage (.482) in 2010.
Prior to his time at UNCG, Barker attended Madison Area Technical College from 2006-09. While at MATC, he earned academic all-conference, all-region and all-district honors in addition to winning the 2009 Rawlings Gold Glove.
Barker is currently enrolled in the sport administration master's program at DSU.