Chris Blaquiere, Head Coach
Coach Blackie grew up in Jacksonville (Arlington) and attended Terry Parker High School where he also met his wife to be. He was a two sport letterman all three years in football and baseball. Most notably, he played three years for one of the winningest coaches in the state of Florida, Howard May. After graduation in June of 1981 he matriculated to the University of Richmond to play football and baseball. In 1983, Chris transferred to Valdosta State University where he played baseball for one of the winningest Division II coaches in the nation, Tommy Thomas.
Coach Blackie has been a part of the Florida State College Baseball tradition since 1991 as an assistant coach and instructor of high school equivalency, Student Success, Career Exploration, and Sport Psychology. As assistant coach, his on-field duties included instruction of infield, outfield, hitting and conditioning. Off field duties included scouting, recruiting and camp director. As the head coach, Chris likes to take a hands-on approach to instruction. He maintains a physical presence with the players as they work on developmental skills. “If a coach can perform what he instructs, then the players will trust the learning process.”
Coach Blackie is a strong believer in academics and how a student-athlete’s future is shaped in the classroom first and on the field second. He emphasizes the total development of a young man’s mental, physical and emotional maturity. Words like accountability, responsibility and honor describe his philosophy.
“Every person has the ability to shape his/her future through upholding daily responsibilities. Although we will fail and our weaknesses will show, what we do with this humbling fact will dictate the level of personal growth that ultimately will decide future opportunities for success.”
Brad Frick, Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Brad Frick is entering into his first year with the Florida State College at Jacksonville baseball program serving as an assistant coach. With the FSCJ program, Frick will work with the hitters and serve as the infield coach for the Blue Wave program.
Frick arrives to FSCJ after spending four years at Florida Atlantic University, serving as an assistant coach in charge of hitters and infielders. During his span in Boca Raton, the Owls collected numerous team and individual honors. In 2010, the Owls finished 2nd in the Sun Belt Conference in fielding percentage, finishing the season ranked 34th nationally in that same category on their way to claiming a league championship and an appearance in the NCAA Gainesville [Fla.] Regional. The team also turned 65 double plays – wrapping the season ranked 15th nationally. In 2012, the Owls claimed their second Sun Belt title in three years.
Some of Frick’s other duties included assisting with organizing team practices, in addition to coaching base runners and helping with recruiting. He was the FAU Baseball Camp director and handled all team travel and budgetary commitments.
During his time at FAU, five infielders have been selected or signed free agent contracts in the Major League Baseball Draft: Travis Ozga (2009), Raymond Church and Nick DelGuidice (2011) and Kyle Newton (2012) and Mike Albaladejo (2012). Frick joined the FAU coaching staff in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University during the 2008 season. The Wildcats had the second-best record in school history and won their 11th Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) championship. Bethune-Cookman's qualification to the 2008 NCAA regional tournament was Frick's third with the program. He was honored as a first team All-MEAC infielder at Bethune-Cookman as a player from 2003-04, helping the Wildcats win back-to-back league championships.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Frick remained in Florida to join the coaching staff at Daytona Beach Community College in 2005. It is a college he attended and earned all-conference recognition as a player prior to attending Bethune-Cookman. Frick's accomplishments were exceptional as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Daytona Beach CC from 2005-07. The Falcons won three consecutive Mid-Florida Conference championships and also excelled in the classroom, posting a collective 3.0 or higher grade point average in each of those seasons. In 2007, Frick assisted in helping Daytona's student-athletes post a 3.49 team GPA, drawing national praise from the NJCAA as its "Academic Team of the Year." Frick's coaching experience also includes working with the nationally recognized Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2004 and 2005, serving as an assistant coach with the Daytona Beach Barracudas.
Frick earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation from Bethune-Cookman in December 2006. He currently is completing his master's degree from the university in transformative leadership. Brad Frick recently got married to Nicole Armstrong and resides in Jacksonville, FL.