About the Program

About the Program 2018-03-12T21:08:27+00:00

The Rocks have a strong tradition of success. Most recently they won the league championship of the central division of the Ohio Capital Conference with a 23-6 overall record and an 13-1 league record. We made it to the sectional final game this year.  Since 1992, the rocks have won 10 league championships, 5 district championships, with 2 appearances in the regional finals, 2 titles as regional champions, a final four appearance in 2000, and the state championship title in 2001.

Dublin Coffman Success (since 1988)

  • CBL Champs ‘91
  • OCC Champs ‘92-‘95, ‘00, ‘01, ’03, ’05, ’08, ‘09, ’11
  • District Champs ‘91, ‘93, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘05
  • Regional Finalists ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘05
  • State Semi-Finalists 2000
  • State Champions 2001

Players drafted by MLB:

  • Doug DeVore/Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Bart Hunton/Cincinnati Reds
  • Brock Hunton/Boston Red Sox

The Dublin City Schools now have three high schools, but the program at Dublin Coffman is the original, with a tradition of excellence dating back to the 1950’s with an appearance in the state championship game even then.

Along with the excellent coaching staff led by Tim Saunders, the program boasts the finest high school baseball field in central Ohio, and has the awards to prove it. Indeed, the field at Coffman is in better shape than many college stadiums. Coach Saunders cares for the field meticulously, and can often be found at 7:00 am on a Saturday morning joined by a cadre of dedicated dads, assistant coaches, and long time friends of the program caring for the field and making continual improvements. In the last few years, here are just a few of the improvements we have been able to enjoy:

  • Addition of batting nets and covered dugouts to the freshman field
  • A concrete base with padded turf and new nets for the batting nets at the varsity field
  • A beautiful brick wall extending along the foul lines to compliment the brick wall that has long formed the backstop behind the plate. This latest addition gives the park the look and feel of a major league stadium.

One of the things that makes our stadium so nice is the setting. As you look out upon the field, you enjoy the view of not only a perfectly manicured playing area, but in the background, the scene is just as clean. A row of pine trees is planted behind the outfield fence to create an natural border. In the distance there is open space and a line of trees. The motto for the City of Dublin is, “It’s greener in Dublin,” and in Coffman stadium, this is certainly evident.

Awards for Coffman’s Baseball Stadium:
1997: National High School Baseball Coaches Association District 4 Field of the Year
1997: American Baseball Coaches Association and Turface Inc. National Region 5 Field of the Year
2001: BCA National Field of the Year

The Rocks carry a large roster. In the younger levels we will focus on player development, and balance that against the need to give more playing time to the better players to accelerate the development of their potential for the future benefit of the team. However, we will not always have what we think is our best team on the field. It is important for players and parents alike to recognize that winning is not the primary focus at the younger levels. We work to get playing time to a variety of kids. This helps sort out who may have more potential than is first apparent, especially since some guys who are ahead in growth at the younger ages may no longer be the strongest as a senior. We also focus on teaching the players what is expected at the high school level and on building good practice habits. As players move up through the ranks, playing time becomes more competitive. The varsity lineup will remain relatively constant as long as the starters continue to perform well. All things being equal, the older player, by virtue of his experience through the time he has put into the program, will play over a younger player of equal talent. But if a younger player shows exceptional ability and the older team has a need at that spot, he may be brought up.

Along with a large roster, we have a large cadre of coaches and friends of the program who contribute to make practices beneficial to the whole squad. We have enough players at each level to hold intra-squad scrimmages and make practice as realistic as possible. A little competition within the squads keeps the starters on their toes and gives a chance for a player to move up quickly when his ability develops. Overall, this philosophy has served our program well, and our success over the years speaks for itself.

Our team is in the central division of the ohio capital conference. The overall structure of this conference is listed below.

Ohio Division Central Division Cardinal Division Capital Division
Gahanna Lincoln Central Crossing Dublin Jerome Big Walnut
Grove City Dublin Coffman Dublin Scioto Delaware Hayes
Groveport Madison Hilliard Darby Marysville Franklin Heights
Lancaster Hilliard Davidson Olentangy Hilliard Bradley
Newark Thomas Worthington Olentangy Liberty Mount Vernon
Pickerington Central Upper Arlington Westerville Central New Albany
Pickerington North Westland Westerville North Olentangy Orange
Reynoldsburg Worthington Kilbourne Westerville South Watkins Memorial