Leaton earns Region 2 Coach of the Year honors

Leaton earns Region 2 Coach of the Year honors

NOC Enid's Raydon Leaton received the first annual NJCAA Region 2 Coach of the Year Award at the Region 2 meetings last Friday in Tulsa.

Leaton led the Jets to the NJCAA Division 2 Baseball Championship in May.

NOC President Dr. Cheryl Evans was excited for Leaton.

"This is the first time that this award has ever been selected and presented," Dr. Evans said.   "So we were thrilled that out of all the coaches in all the sports in the NJCAA Region II conference they selected Raydon Leaton from NOC to be the very first recipient.  He is very deserving of this recognition from his peers.  We are proud of the program that he built and grew into National Champions."

"Raydon has received numerous awards this past year as a result of the National Championship won in June," said NOC Athletic Director Jeremy Hise.   'He is very deserving of these awards.  He created a program focused on academic success, graduation, and winning.  He was quite successful at all three during his coaching career."

Leaton has been the head Jets baseball coach for nineteen years before retiring this year.  His teams have been to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II World Series four times in his career, including three of the last six years. 

The Jets finished 8th place in 2014 and 3rd place in 2002 and 2018. The 2019 team reached the ultimate pinnacle of athletics by winning the World Series claiming their first National Championship with record-breaking attendance at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid.

Leaton has had 13 NJCAA All Americans, 73 Academic All Americans, and 678 wins in his 19 years.  His teams have had over a 3.0 GPA in all 19 years. He has won five Region II Coach of the Year awards and four Plains District Coach of the Year awards.

Leaton was also named the 2019 ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division II Baseball.

His career record at NOC is 676-432.

Leaton is now the NOC Vice-President for Enid.