Otero Junior College
Gary Addington

Message From the Athletic Director

Gary Addington

OJC Athletic Director &
Student Services Recruiter

OFFICE: McBride Hall Room 132
PHONE: 719-384-6859
FAX: 719-384-6933
E-MAIL: Gary.Addington@ojc.edu

 

Dear Student, Athlete or Parent:

The Otero Junior College Athletic Department has adamantly pursued excellence over the years on both the playing fields and in the classroom. Our quest has been supported by faculty, staff, coaches and administrators who have all worked together to help our students succeed in life as well as their respective sport. As a fan of Rattler Athletics, we hope to bring you more opportunities to follow, get acquainted with and support our teams through game-day webcasts, radio webcasts, and feature articles.

Over the course of the last few years, Otero Junior Colleges administration and staff have worked hard to improve many areas of the athletic department. We have a state-of-the art fitness center where you’ll find all of the latest cardio and strength training equipment along with a dynamic group exercise programs that includes classes like yoga, step/body bar, aerobics and Zumba.

With improved facilities, community commitment, fan support and a group of outstanding coaches, Otero Junior College will all play a major role in taking on the Region IX Conference. Many of our programs are predicted to compete for Region IX championship honors while others should challenge for a bid to the National Tournament in their respective sports.

Otero Junior College sincerely thanks our community and corporate sponsors for their continued support in allowing Otero Junior College to compete at the highest level possible. It is our aspiration and commitment to our student athletes to help them grow as people, in the classroom and in the athletic arena. An exciting year lies ahead for all of our teams and student athletes; with a high academic standard, practice schedule and tough competition we know our student athletes will rise to the top.

We encourage you to visit the OJC Athletics website often, where you will be able to follow each program, the players' success in the classroom and in competition. Please email any of our coaches or myself to find out more about our programs and how you can be involved in supporting Rattler Athletics. My office is located in the Fitness Center and my door is always open to discuss the present and future plans of Otero Junior College Athletics.

I would personally like to extend to everyone an invitation to come out to this year’s athletic events and enjoy the quality of competition the Region IX and Otero Junior College Athletics has to offer.

Sincerely,

Gary Addington
OJC Athletic Director &
Student Services Recruiter
Gary.Addington@ojc.edu

 
 

About Gary Addington

OJC coaching veteran and Athletic Director Gary Addington is no stranger to Otero Junior College Athletics. In 1997, Addington was chosen to help build and coach the first Otero Junior College Rattler softball team. Winning the Region IX softball title in the spring of 1998, the opportunity to take over the reins of the baseball program presented itself, and Addington moved to a larger diamond that fall.

“I truly believe in our philosophy here at OJC and that is to see that players grow as students and people first, that student’s classroom work must come before athletics, and see that the student-athletes have a positive college athletic experience. That is what all colleges should be promoting and I am excited to be a part of OJC, which does.”

In his 9 years of coaching at Otero, Addington has seen eight former players earn an opportunity to play professional baseball. He has placed 71 players at four year universities to continue their playing career, 48 players have been named to the All-Region IX team and three of them were also named to the NJCAA All-American Team. Coach Addington has earned the Region IX Coach of the Year award two times and has also been named the Diamond Sports ABCA Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division I in 2001. Five times his teams have been given the NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year Awards. Twelve players have also received Academic All-American awards with two of them being Distinguished Academic All-American awards in addition to acquiring five 30+ win seasons. “I enjoyed my coaching tenure at OJC and have had many great years. The time I spent coaching has given me so many unbelievable memories and awarded me the opportunity to meet some amazing people. I have always said, I can’t remember all the games we won or lost, but I will never forget the people that played for me and the sacrifices they made for the success of the team. In my position of Athletic Director I would hope to use my knowledge and experience in college athletics to help our coaches in the day to day operation of each program and be a person they will come to and count on for sound advice and direction.”

Gary Addington is a product of the Otero Junior College baseball program, playing for the Rattlers in 1990 and 1991. He then finished his career at Colorado State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics, with and emphasis in Education. He then completed his Master’s Degree in Human Performance and Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching from Adams State College.

  

  

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