C.J. Wamsley enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Ohio baseball program under eighth-year head coach Rob Smith in 2019-20.
Wamsley helped coach Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) to his second-straight MAC Player of the Year title and a mutiple All-America appearances in 2019. Rott was one of just two MAC Players to be named All-America after being named to the third team by Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA. Rott is the only back-to-back and two-time MAC Player of the Year and was also named first team All-MAC. Rott became the all-time hits leader at Ohio after ending his career with 293.
In the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Rott was selected with the 270th pick in the ninth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rott was the 70th Bobcat to be selected in the MLB draft since its inception in 1965 and the fourth under Wamsley. Rott led the Bobcats in batting average (.382), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.618) and on-base percentage (.464). His .382 batting average was No. 28 in the nation and second in the MAC. Rott was second in the league in slugging percentage and tied for third in home runs.
The Bobcats have won two Mid-American Conference tournament titles and have made two NCAA Championship appearances over the the last three years with Wamsley on staff. Ohio had made just two NCAA tournament appearance in the 43 seasons prior to the 2015 campaign.
Wamsley helped guide Ohio back to another leauge tournament title and appearance on the national postseason stage in 2017. The Bobcats won seven of their final 10 regular season games and tallied 13 conference victories -- including five MAC series wins en route to capturing the No. 5 seed in the league tournament.
No. 5-seeded Ohio capped an improbable league postseason run by defeating No. 3-seeded Eastern Michigan, 7-4, to clinch the 2017 MAC Championship title on May 28 at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio. Ohio earned its third MAC tournament title (1997, 2015, '17) with the victory. The Bobcats opened 2017 MAC Championship play by beating No. 4-seeded Ball State, 4-3, on May 24. Ohio then advanced to the winner's bracket final thanks to a late-night 5-3 win over No. 1-seeded Kent State the following day. The Bobcats eliminated the Golden Flashes with a 7-2 victory on (May 27, marking the fourth time in five tries Ohio emerged victorious over MAC regular season champion Kent State in 2017. After missing the national postseason tournament 17 years in a row, Ohio punched its second NCAA Regional ticket in the last three years as the MAC's automatic bid with the victory over Eastern Michigan, advancing to the 2017 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional.
Wamsley helped Ohio put together an unprecedented turnaround in 2015 The Bobcats posted an NCAA-best 25-win improvement en route to capturing the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championship -- Ohio's first league title since 1997. Ohio's 36 wins in 2015 rank as the second-most in a single season in school history.
The Bobcats earned the MAC's automatic bid to the national postseason and a No. 4 seed at the 2015 NCAA Championship Champaign Regional, marking Ohio's first appearance on the national postseason stage since 1997.
On the recruiting side, Wamsley plays an active role in on-campus and off-campus recruiting.
Wamsley spent three seasons on the Troy coaching staff, working with the catchers and outfielders in addition to working with the Trojan hitters.
In his first season, Troy finished 11th in the NCAA in doubles per game (2.16), 13th in doubles (125), 21st in home runs (47), 24th in home runs per game (0.81) and 35th in scoring (6.4). He coached true freshman catcher Jake Harrell, who was in the running for Sun Belt Freshman of the Year after he hit .286 with 12 doubles and three home runs despite missing all of fall practice.
Wamsley came to Troy from Morehead State, where he served as an assistant coach and camp coordinator for the Eagles. While at Morehead State, Wamsley coached catcher Taylor Davis who currently plays in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Wamsley has also served as the hitting instructor and third base coach for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plains League.
During his stint with the Marlins, Wamsley coached the two of the top three hitters (Chase McDonald, East Carolina, and Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth) in the Coastal Plains League.Both were selected as Summer All-Americans for their play with the Marlins. Wamsley helped coach McDonald to the Offensive Player of the Year Award for the Coastal Plains League.
Wamsley, a four-year letterwinner at Western Kentucky, was a .300 career hitter for the Hilltoppers and participated in a pair of NCAA Regionals (2008 - Stillwater, Okla., 2009, Oxford, Miss.), as well as playing on a pair of Sun Belt Conference Championship teams (2008, 2009).
Prior to playing at WKU, the Ashland, Ky., native was a three-year starter at Boyd County High School, earning all-area honors in two of those three years. Wamsley was also named Section 8 Most Valuable Player and selected to the 2005 Kentucky High School Athletic Association State All- Tournament team.
Wamsley graduated from WKU in 2009 with a degree in corporate and organizational communication. Wamsley is married to the former Sarah Meade from Ashland, Ky.