Head Coach Christopher Antonides

 

Chris Antonides completed his first season as ODU's head coach in 2017, guiding the Panthers to a 25-24 record. He helped mentor Justin Childers, who was a consensus All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year honoree, along with GLIAC Player of the Year. A total of four Panthers earned First Team All-GLIAC honors and all four also earned at least one All-Midwest Region accolade.

Antonides took over the program after serving as an assistant coach for three years. He helped lead the Panthers to a 30-18 record in 2015, including a 20-12 GLIAC mark, and ODU also appeared in the NCBWA regional rankings during the 2014 campaign. Five players have earned a total of six First Team All-GLIAC awards during his time at ODU, including four in 2015, and Antonides also helped develop Ryan Colegate into being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2015.

Prior to coming to ODU, Antonides spent seven years as an assistant with Findlay under Troy Berry. He served as the pitching coach, third base coach and recruiting coordinator.

Antonides was a four-year starter on the mound for the Oilers from 2003-06 and led them to the GLIAC Tournament Finals in 2005. He is near the top of many career categories including starts, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Following his collegiate days, Antonides had a stint in the New York State League as well as with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. He then returned to Findlay as a graduate assistant for the Oilers where he helped lead them to the GLIAC Tournament Finals in 2008.

Antonides began his coaching career in 2004 as an Assistant Coach for Troy American Legion Post #43 Baseball under Head Coach Irvin “Frosty” Brown. He helped guide them to several State Legion, Connie Mack and NABF World Series appearances.
Antonides earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 2006 and a Master's in Education Administration from The University of Findlay in 2008.

He currently resides in Columbus with his wife Patricia and son Aidan.