In his first two seasons as head coach, Chris Antonides has guided Ohio Dominican’s baseball team to its most success in its Division II era. In 2018, the Panthers finished with a 36-17 record, reaching the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Round, won the G-MAC North Division crown, and were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation.
For his efforts, Antonides was named the G-MAC Coach of the Year as ODU finished with the best overall mark in the league. The Panthers also had five First Team All-Great Midwest performers, with a total of 10 players earning all-league distinctions. To cap off a historic season, Senior Justin Childers and Junior Brad Wilson were both selected in the 2018 Major League Draft. Childers was selected in the 33rd Round by the Detroit Tigers and Wilson got the call in the 13th Round by the Toronto Bluejays.
Both Justin Childers and Colin Kaucher earned All-American awards in 2018, with Childers picking up his fourth career Midwest Region Player of the Year honor.
In Antonides’ first season as head coach in 2017, Childers 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, son Aidan and daughter Colleen.