The 2016 season will be the fourth for Cameron Castro as a member of the Defiance College baseball coaching staff. Castro works primarily with the DC pitching staff. Castro helped to guide the Yellow Jackets to their strongest season in the HCAC era, winning 20 games in 2013, the third most in program history.
Castro brings plenty of coaching experience with him to the Yellow Jackets, after stints with IMG Baseball Academy, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin and the Ontario Blue Jays. In the summer of 2014, Castro spent a season with the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League in Wisconsin where he served as the team's first base and bullpen coach.
The Lorain, Ohio, native graduated from Lake Erie College with a degree in legal studies in May of 2012, after playing on the LEC baseball team in all four seasons.
Castro started his coaching career in June of 2011 as an assistant coach with the Ontario Blue Jays, where he oversaw the pitching staff and helped lead the team to a second-place showing in the NABF Regionals and a spot in the NABF World Series.
Following his time with the Blue Jays, Castro accepted the junior varsity head coaching position with Notre Dame for a season, while also giving private coaching lessons at Diamond Indoor Sports in the summer of 2012.
Prior to coming on board at DC, Castro served as a wood bat league coach at the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he worked with high school student-athletes from around the country. During his tenure, he helped lead his team to a league title.
During his time with the Chinooks, Castro was part of a coaching staff whose team finished as the regular-season NWL South Division Champions with a 50-21 record, one of only three teams in league history to post 50 victories. The team went on to capture NWL South Division and NWL Summer Collegiate World Series Titles. In addition, Castro was selected to be part of the South Division All-Star coaching staff. Two of the players he helped coach went on to sign professional contracts.
Castro recently completed his master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management from Defiance in the spring of 2014. In addition to his coaching duties, he is also the program's recruiting coordinator.
Xander Uxley will be in his second season with the Defiance College baseball program in 2016. Uxley works primarily with the position players including the infielders and outfielders. He also serves as the Yellow Jackets' hitting instructor.
In Uxley's first season as an assistant, he helped coach five All-Conference hitters, helped the offense achieve the second-most triples in a season in program history, had a player break the career infield assist record, and led the team to achieve the second-most conference wins in program history.
Uxley comes in with a background of coaching experience stemming from the high school level as an assistant varsity coach at Pickerington North High School in 2013 and associate head coach at Columbus Bishop Ready High School in 2014. Since 2013, Xander has also been a head coach for the Ohio Elite Baseball Organization, one of Ohio’s premier travel organizations, during the summers. He has instructed at camps and clinics for various organizations and colleges including West Virginia University and Wright State University. Uxley also spent two years working as an evaluator for Prep Baseball Report, a baseball evaluation site that has advanced into one of the country’s largest and most respected independent scouting services.
A Pickerington, Ohio native, Uxley played collegiate ball for Shawnee State University as an infielder and relief pitcher before an arm injury shortened his collegiate career. He then transferred and graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in human ecology in May of 2014. Uxley is continuing his studies at Defiance College where he expects to obtain his master of arts in education in May 2016.
Scoop Miller joined the Defiance College coaching staff prior to the 2009 campaign and will be in his eighth year with the Purple and Gold coaching staff in 2016.
Miller brings additional coaching experience to the DC dugout, after spending 10 seasons as the head baseball coach at Archbold High School. During his time at Archbold, Miller guided the Blue Streaks to a 190-69 record on the diamond, while leading them to the 2005 Division III Ohio State Championship. Miller also piled up nine sectional championships, four Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles, three district championships and one regional crown.
During his time as a high school baseball coach, Miller garnered five Coach-of-the-Year honors, was named a 2004 State All-Star Coach and won the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award in 2008.
The 1984 graduate of Goshen College tossed the first no-hitter in GC history and also lettered on the hardwood, where he was a two-time all-league selection in the Mid-Central Conference.
Miller is currently teaching physical education at Archbold Middle School and is pursuing a master’s degree from DC.
He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Jordan and Taylor, and one son, Paxson.