DSU's Blandin Joins Del. Baseball Coaches HOF
DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State head baseball coach Jean-Paul “J.P.” Blandin is among the newest members of the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. The organization introduced its 24th Hall of Fame class prior to Sunday's Wilmington Blue Rocks contest against the Buies Creek Astros at Frawley Stadium.
In addition to Blandin, the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame class includes former high school, Salisbury University and Delaware semi-pro standout Joe Morales, and the undefeated state champion 1976 Salesianum High School team.
The Hall of Fame was founded by the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Association to honor coaches, managers, players, teams and other individuals (umpires, league administrators, writers, groundskeepers, etc.) who have made outstanding contributions to baseball in Delaware. The Hall was founded in 1994 and now has 127 members from all segments of the baseball community in Delaware.
Blandin's Hall of Fame plaque was presented by his high school baseball coach Bob Colburn, who headed the St. Andrews team for 55 years.
The winningest coach in Delaware State University baseball history, Blandin recently completed his 17th season as head coach of the Hornets. He has guided the program to 418 wins, including 209 vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents.
Blandin reached the 400 career win mark at DSU with a 5-4 victory over Norfolk State on March 19 in Norfolk, Va.
The 2012 MEAC Coach of the Year, Blandin has led the Hornets to six MEAC Northern Division titles and two league championship game appearances.
Prior to his coaching career, Blandin was a standout player at Wilmington (Del.) College. He helped lead the 1992 Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the 18-team NAIA World Series.