Sherman Reed, the 2018 MEAC Coach of the Year and winningest skipper in school-history, enters his ninth season as the head coach of the Coppin State baseball program in 2019 after previously spending two seasons as an assistant.
During his first three seasons at the helm, Reed worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail to help turn the Coppin State baseball program around. The 2012 edition of the Eagles featured 20 freshmen and sophomores laying the foundation for success in the coming years. The fruits of his labor really paid off in the 2018 season when the Eagles won their first MEAC Northern Division Title since 1996 with an 18-4 record in conference play, shattering the old single-season wins record by five games. Finishing with a school-record 21 victories, Coppin earned the top overall seed in the MEAC Tournament and earned a win over Florida A&M before falling in an extra-inning affair in the Semifinals.
The 2018 season also showed dividends for several individuals with the Navy & Gold. Derek Lohr and Nazier McIlwain both earned First Team All-Conference honors with Lohr being named a Freshman All-American. Four others (Erik Crossman, Caleb Duhay, Allen Saar and Jahmon Taylor) earned Second Team recognition as the six All-Conference selections was also a program-record. Elsewhere, Marcos Castillo and Corey Treyes took home All-Black College Nines accolades.
In the final regular season game of the 2018 campaign at UMBC on May 9, one that seemed to reflect the fight and effort put forth by the Eagles all year, Coppin came from behind to defeat the Retrievers, 13-11. In doing so, Reed won his 84th career game at Coppin, breaking Jason Booker's old mark which stood for 21 years.
Coppin has qualified for the MEAC Championship six out of the past eight years with a total of six tournament game wins. Coppin State was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Tournament after beating Bethune-Cookman and NC A&T. They came close to duplicating that feat in 2016 before losing a 12th inning hardly fought contest to Norfolk State 7-6. Under Reed, the 2013 Eagles had the nation’s highest win turnaround percentage while winning 18 games.
Reed became Coppin’s second-winningest coach in school history after the 9-5 victory over NC A&T on February 18, 2018, and just completed his fourth year serving as President of the MEAC Baseball Coaches Association. Reed is also finished his third year serving on the NCAA Division I Baseball Regional Advisory Committee for the Atlantic Region.
Reed was an assistant coach at Coppin State in 2008 under former head coach Harvey Lee and in 2009 working with Mike Scolinos.
“This is like coming home for me,” said Reed. “I was raised in west Baltimore, I went to public schools here and I have family members that graduated from Coppin State.
“I recognize that there are only 301 Division I coaching jobs and am very honored that the University believes than I am the right person to turn the program around.”
Reed was inducted into the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland Hall of Fame in October 2013.
Reed played collegiately at Towson State under former Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers manager Billy Hunter. He then spent 10 seasons playing independent baseball prior to beginning his coaching career.
The Baltimore native has coached at various levels, including Western Tech and Catonsville High Schools, pony league and Cal Ripken collegiate baseball.
Additionally, he was the director of the Yankee Rebels Baseball Club from 2005-10 which is one of the oldest amateur baseball club in Maryland and was the coordinator of the Urban Baseball Camp for the Kansas City Royals in 2008-09.
He graduated from Towson in 1983 with a degree in instructional technology and later earned his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins in 1999.
Reed and his wife Dorothy have three children, Tynetta, Candice and Sherman, Jr. and reside in Catonsville.
Matt Greely is entering his third season at Coppin State University and his second since being promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2018 season. Matt’s duties include being the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator as well.
A new standard was set in Greely’s first year as the Associate Head Coach as the Eagles tied a school-record with 21 victories and won its first MEAC North Division Title since 1996 with a school-record 18-4 mark in conference play. CSU also put six players on the All-Conference team which set a school-record.
Greely’s pitching staff, led by the trio of Jahmon Taylor, Aaron Rea and Corey Treyes, recorded school-records in both ERA (5.51) and strikeouts (274) and was a major factor in Coppin’s historic run in 2018.
Taylor earned Second Team All-MEAC honors after leading the conference with a 2.66 earned run average along with 81 strikeouts, just two off the school-record. Rea finished his junior season with a 6-0 mark in conference play, earning the win in six-straight starts. Treyes proved to be one of the top closers in the conference as a sophomore with a program-record eight saves and already owns the school’s career-record.
Greely’s time on the recruiting trail also proved instant dividends as the Eagles fielded shortstop Derek Lohr who earned Freshman All-America, MEAC Rookie of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference and All-ECAC honors. Like Lohr, Marcos Castillo also was one of the top freshman in not just the conference, but the region as well. From the centerfield position, Castillo led the MEAC with five triples, was named the Black College Nines Freshman of the Year and a BaltimoreBaseball.com All-Maryland All-Star.
In 2017, with Greely’s tutelage, the Coppin State pitching staff saw drastic improvements from the year before as the team walked 154 less batters and lowered its ERA by over a run.
Coach Greely came to Coppin after a successful 2016 season of leading the pitching staff at Arizona Western College.
During his time at Arizona Western, the pitching staff commanded the baseball to a tune of 245 strikeouts and 105 walks in year one. Prior to AWC, Matt was in charge of pitching at Everett Community College. The EVCC Trojans finished the 2014 campaign with a 2.18 ERA and an opponent batting average of .222 in conference play.
During the past three summers, Coach Greely has been the pitching coach for the Matsu Miners of the Alaska Baseball League. The Alaska Summer Collegiate League is one of America’s premier summer collegiate leagues.
During his time, the Miners pitchers have had a 1.70 ERA, 321 K to 169 BB in 2015, and a 2.31 ERA with 321 K to 129 BB in 2016, and 2.45 ERA, 319k to 140 BB in 2017.
The Matsu Miners have been ranked as high as #2 in the country, and won the 2016 and 2017 ABL championships.
During Matt’s time as a collegiate coach, Greely has heard over 45 of his former players named called in the MLB Draft.
Matt started as an Assistant Coach at College of Idaho in 2009. He then moved back to his hometown in Juneau, Alaska to complete his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. While back in Alaska he also was the Pitching Coach for Thunder Mountain HS for one year before being promoted to Head Coach during his last three years.
Matt spent the summer of 2013 as Head Coach of the North Shore Emeralds, a semi-pro team in Washington State. He also spent this that summer as the Head Coach of the 18u Laces Baseball Academy (WA).
Matt was a pitcher for four years in college. He played and received his AA from Walla Walla CC (WA) from 2005-06. Matt then attended University of the Cumberland (KY) where he played one season before transferring closer to home while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management at the College of Idaho. Greely finished his career at College of Idaho with a 3.71 ERA.
Coach Greely has a passion for working with young people. He has taught high school PE and Health, worked in drop-out prevention, and works several clinics and camps throughout each season. His mom (Marla), dad (John), and brother (Sam) still live in Juneau, Alaska.
LynDon Watkins is entering his first year as Coppin State’s assistant baseball coach. His duties will consist of overseeing the hitters and outfielders, while serving as the first base coach.
Coach Watkins comes to Coppin State with a vast amount of knowledge and experience, having spent nine years coaching at nationally ranked St. Johns College High School in Washington DC, which has produced 13 drafted players and two free agent signees in the last ten years.
After nine years of success as an assistant and head coach at St. John’s College High School, Watkins was named the head coach of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland. In his first season, he took the Panthers to the playoffs for the first time in four years. Under his tenure the program produced two All-Conference selections as well as a Maryland Private School All-Tournament selection.
As an assistant Coach he helped lead the Cissel Saxon Post #41 American Legion team to a Maryland State Title in 2003.
Watkins other baseball experience includes consulting, serving as a clinician for several baseball organizations and he is the President of the Diamond Dynasty Baseball Organization.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Coach Watkins played high school baseball at Paul Robeson and collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Watkins earned a BS degree from Chicago State University in Chemistry and a CPM from George Washington University in Public Management.
Matt Blevins enters his second season on the Coppin State baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach working with hitters, catchers, and baserunners, while serving as Head Scout.
In his first season, Coach Blevins helped the Eagles to their first MEAC North championship since 1996, while sporting a league-best 18-4 record in conference play. The 18 conference wins set a new standard for CSU baseball and its 21 overall wins tied the school record and represented a 10-game improvement from 2017.
In 2018, CSU’s team batting average improved by 23 points from the previous year, and the Eagles concluded the regular season hitting a league-leading .286. The aggressive Coppin State squad also finished 20th in the country in stolen bases per game.
Coach Blevins worked closely with 2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Freshman All-American, Derek Lohr, who headlined a long list of national, regional, and conference awards for the Eagles in 2018. Lohr earned MEAC Rookie of the Year, first team all-conference, and led the league in hitting at a .362 clip. He also earned second team recognition from the ECAC and Black College Nines.
Nazier McIlwain joined Lohr as first team all-conference and second team All-ECAC selections, and earned the nod at first base in the BaltimoreBaseball.com 2018 Collegiate All-Maryland All-Star Team.
Erik Crossman, Caleb Duhay, Allen Saar, and Jahmon Taylor earned second team All-MEAC honors, and Corey Treyes earned a BCN second team nod, while Marcos Castillo earned BCN Freshman of the Year and joined McIlwain on the All-Maryland All-Star Team.
The CSU baseball team also had plenty of success in the classroom, as 17 Eagles earned a spot on the 2018 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team by maintaining a 3.0 (or better) GPA during the 2017-18 school year.
Prior to Coppin State, Blevins worked as an assistant coach at Bluefield State College for five seasons, where he recruited the first player to sign an MLB contract in the program’s history. During his tenure, 17 players earned all-conference honors, and the team earned a cumulative GPA above 3.0 each year.
Blevins spent the summers of 2009 to 2012 as the head coach of the West Virginia Wild in the Carolina-Virginia Summer Collegiate League. During that time, his teams led the league in hitting twice and had three players drafted. Blevins also coached the 2011 CVSCL Player of the Year, and had 15 players named to the league’s all-star team.
Blevins graduated from Bluefield State with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, where he played third base and pitcher, after playing for WVU Tech as a freshman. Blevins went on to earn a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University in 2009, and a Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law in 2017.
The True, West Virginia native attended Summers County High School in Hinton, WV, where his mother (Kathy) teaches Health and serves as the Director of Athletics, and his father (Rick) teaches Social Studies and coaches baseball and girls basketball. The eldest of three siblings, his sisters, Sarah and Emily, both played college basketball.