Noe Ruiz - Assistant Coach
Noe Ruiz comes to EOSC after spending the past 5 seasons at NAIA power house Oklahoma Wesleyan University as the associate head coach. During his time, OKWU had a record of 253-65.
The OKWU Eagles finished the 2018 season with a 53-8 overall record, winning the Regular Season Conference Championship and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. OKWU missed making its second-consecutive trip to the NAIA World Series with a loss in the Regional finals. Oklahoma Wesleyan's offense felt an immediate impact during Ruiz’s time. Scoring over 500 runs during each of the 5 years under Ruiz, with 613 runs in 2017. The Eagles scored run total (2,898) during 2014-2018 is the #1 in the NAIA. During that period, OKWU also had 3 National Player of the Year award winners (Jose Ruiz, Chris Tapia, and Will Price). During Ruiz’s time, OKWU won four conference championships, three conference tournament championships, two regional championships and made two appearances in the NAIA World Series, finishing in third place in 2014.
Before his time at OKWU, Ruiz began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater Division II Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX. During his time at TAMIU, the Dustdevils set the school record for wins and saw the first two playoff berths in school history.
Coach Ruiz served as the associate coach for the Strasburg Express of the Valley Baseball League for the summers of 2013 and 2015. The Express lead the league in home-runs and doubles. After falling in the championship game in 2013, Ruiz helped lead the Express to the first championship in 2015. Additionally, Ruiz coached VBL batting champion and VBL MVP Jordan Tarsovich of Virginia Military Institute as well as 4 other VBL all-stars.
The San Antonio, TX., native earned his bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Sports from Texas A&M International and master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan. Ruiz is married to former TAMIU soccer player Rebecca (Swanson) Ruiz.
Justin Oney - Pitching Coach
Justin Oney is in his first year as Pitching Coach for Eastern Baseball. Oney was an assistant coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University under Coach Matt Parker. While there, he assisted with the pitching staff that finished the season with a 2.33 ERA and set the school record in strikeouts with 504, while only walking 134. The OKWU Eagles finished the 2018 season with a 53-8 overall record, winning the Regular Season Conference Championship and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. OKWU missed making its second-consecutive trip to the NAIA World Series with a loss in the Regional finals.
Oney’s Coaching career began during the 2016-2017 season at Glenville State College in West Virginia, where he also worked with pitchers. Before that he earned his Bachelor’s in Education from Glenville where he also played. Coach Oney is currently finishing his Master’s in Business Strategic Leadership.
Calvin Ellis - Assistant Coach
Calvin Ellis enters his first season with the Mountaineers after spending the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Northern State University Wolves in South Dakota; directly in charge of outfielders. Under Coach Ellis, the NSU outfield produced multiple All-Region and First Team All-Conference Players as well as preseason All-American Honors and a NSIC Conference Player of the Year.
Prior to his time at NSU, Coach Ellis spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Ellis worked with hitters, outfielders, catchers, and designed and implemented a new strength and conditioning program. Under this leadership, the Norsemen saw seven hitters finish the season over .400. The team combined for a nation leading .389 average with 73 home runs, 126 doubles, and a .617 slugging percentage, resulting in five players awarded with all-conference selections and four players with honorable mentions awards. A total of 13 members of the sophomore class moved on to the 4-year college level, six at NCAA Division I and seven at NCAA Division II. The success of the strength and conditioning program was evident in the increased offensive power statistics such as a .108 increase in slugging percentage over the previous year’s .509, along with 33 more doubles, ten more triples, 30 more home runs, and 40 more stolen bases.
Coach Ellis served the 2015 season as a student assistant at Northwestern Oklahoma State University under 11 time coach of the year Sam Carel.
Coach Ellis is also experienced in the collegiate summer circuit with head coaching stops in the Western Major Baseball League (2017) and the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate League (2016). In 2016, Coach Ellis guided the Lochhaven Lightning to a 1st place finish in the regular season and five league all-star selections before falling short in playoffs.
As a player, Coach Ellis graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. In 2013, Ellis was awarded Northwestern’s Junior Athlete of the Year award. Prior to attending Northwestern, Coach Ellis attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of NEO’s 2011 Region II runner up team (38-19) and the 2012 OACC Conference championship team (35-14).
Coach Ellis holds a Master of Science in Education in Sport Performance and Leadership from Northern State University (2018) and a Bachelor’s of Science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University (2014). While completing his master’s degree, Ellis also served as the graduate assistant for the Nora Staael Evert Center for Human Performance and Fitness.