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Getting More Familiar with WVU Baseball Assistant Coach Justin Oney

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WVU Baseball assistant coach Justin Oney
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In addition to adding new players to the roster, WVU Baseball head coach Steve Sabins is also restructuring the coaching staff. On Thursday, the program announced its promoting Justin Oney to assistant coach.

Even though Oney is not new to Morgantown, it’s time for the WVU community to learn even more about him as he steps into a bigger role.

Oney first served as the Director of Player Development in 2023 and then became Pitching Coordinator in 2024. He was a big part of the two most successful team seasons in program history, highlighted by a 2023 Big 12 Championship, back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances and a Super Regional berth in 2024.

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Most of Oney’s work throughout his two seasons at West Virginia has been on the pitching staff. In each of the past two seasons, the WVU pitching staff has recorded ERAs below five for the first time in a full season since 2019, including a 4.51 overall ERA in 2023 – a figure that was second-best in the Big 12 and 34th lowest in the nation.

In 2024, the WVU pitching staff threw five shutouts (14th most in the nation) and was ranked within the top 40 in the country, allowing just 8.52 hits per nine innings.

Under Oney’s influence, four pitchers have been named All-Big 12 – Carlson Reed and Ben Hampton in 2023 and Derek Clark in 2024. Reed and Clark were named ABCA All-Region while Clark was a third-team All-American by NCBWA. Additionally, David Hagaman was named to the NCBWA Freshman All-America team in 2023.

Prior to arriving in Morgantown, Oney spent four years as the pitching coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College. While there, Oney was part of a staff that compiled a record of 142-39 and saw many players eventually move up to a higher level of the sport.

Oney experienced winning titles even before becoming a Mountaineer. He owns two NJCAA Region II Tournament Championships and  two Regular Season Championships from 2021 and 2022.

Oney started off his career in coaching as the Graduate Assistant for Oklahoma Wesleyan, where he primarily assisted with the pitching staff.

A native of Logan, W.Va., Oney pitched at Glenville State University.

Sabins offered a statement about working with Oney and his promotion as part of the program’s press release:

“Justin Oney is one of the best developers of pitchers in the country. His ability to relate to young people and find ways to get them better is unmatched,” said Sabins. “He has a relationship-oriented approach matched with a data-centric mindset, utilizing technology, data, and a network of professionals in the pitching industry to ensure no rock is left unturned in the development of our pitchers. He loves recruiting, wants to see WVU on top, and is from the state and proud to be a Mountaineer. We are lucky Coach Oney will be on our staff. His fiancée Corey loves WVU Baseball and is a big part of our team as well.”

Oney expressed his gratitude to both Sabins and his predecessor Randy Mazey.

“I want to thank Coach Mazey for bringing me back home two years ago and Coach Sabins for keeping Corie and me around in Morgantown as part of his staff,” Oney said. “It’s been a blast representing the great state of West Virginia and I look forward to continuing to do so.”

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