Former Medina and Ohio State standout Tony Stockman is the new head men’s basketball coach at Ohio Christian University.
Stockman, 30, joins OCU in Circleville after an eight year international basketball career where he played for professional teams in France, Germany, Israel, Mexico and most recently in Brazil.
Stockman inherits a program that went 27-10 during the 2011-12 season and earned the first NCCAA Final Four appearance in school history.
“I want to help young men grow on and off the court as they become future leaders in our community,” Stockman said. “Ohio Christian University is a great place to grow and develop both spiritually and as a young professional.
Stockman is married to his wife Brittany and the couple have three sons; Tayden, Maddox, and Braysen.
Stockman graduated from Medina High School in 2000 and from Ohio State University in 2005.
“Coach Stockman has great experience in basketball and has played at every level,” OCU President Dr. Mark Smith said. “He will be a great addition to our team to continue what Coach [Curtis] Christopher has built; however, Tony's commitment to Christ and character development will be the greatest addition to OCU and this community.
“Coach Stockman has already asked how he can become involved in the community. He and his family will be relocating to the Circleville area where he will be hosting basketball camps and clinics.”
Stockman was named Co-Mr. Basketball Ohio in 2000 with Chester Mason after averaging 25.5 points per game and becoming the all-time leading scorer at Medina where he led his team to a 58-9 record in three seasons. He then signed with Clemson University and was the ACC’s top freshmen scorer in 2000-2001 and top sophomore scorer in 2001-2002 at 12.0 points per game each season.
Stockman transferred to OSU and sat out the 2002-2003 season per NCAA transfer rules. He led the Buckeyes at 13.6 points per game as a junior and averaged 12.0 points per game as a senior under coach Thad Matta.
“Tony is a leader in every sense of the word,” Matta said. “He was a floor general for us and was the closest thing you could get to a coach on the floor.”
Stockman will turn 31 years old on July 10.
“Tony is a top quality individual that will connect strongly with our students, our campus, and the local community,” OCU Athletic Director Ben Belleman said. “He is committed to building character, investing in his players, and knows how to relate to today’s student athlete. His presence on our campus will immediately give OCU basketball increased exposure and interest across the entire state of Ohio and throughout the Midwest.”