Black College Nines ecently spoke to Drew Bailey Head Baseball Coach at Bluefield State College.
Bailey, joined Bluefield State College this past January 2021 to lead Big Blue, his second head coaching job. Coach Bailey was former Concord University two-time All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Second Team performer during his collegiate career. Bailey was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Drew Bailey played two seasons for the Athletics’ where he posted a 5-0 record and had an ERA of 2.80 ERA. He racked up 48 strikeouts in 54 professional innings and limited opponents to a .216 batting average.
After his MLB playing days, Bailey became a pitching coach at his alma mater Concord University before becoming the assistant coach for Bluefield College baseball. Bailey also held the position of head baseball coach at Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Bailey returned to Bluefield as the head coach of the Bluefield College softball team for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
In this podcast, the Christiansburg, Virginia native will discuss the 2020-21 season. Big Blue finished 15-12 overall, marking their first winning season in school history. Changing the program around in a short time, Coach Bailey shares his thoughts on becoming a college baseball coach after playing in the majors, and winning the first Black College World Series four-months after being hired defeating Xavier University of Louisisana for its first-ever championship in program history.