Pardon the pun, but Northern Oklahoma College hit a home run when it named Raydon Leaton as its new Enid campus vice president.

Leaton has been the only baseball head coach the NOC Enid Jets have had, coming to the school in 2000 and starting up the program. He capped off his career on the diamond earlier this summer by leading the team to its first NJCAA Division II World Series championship.

Now, after nearly two decades at the helm of the baseball program, as well as a stint from 2001 to 2014 as NOC Enid athletic director, Leaton is moving up to become the campus’ second ever vice president. He will replace Ed Vineyard in that role starting Aug. 8. Vineyard held the post since the school opened 20 years ago.

As VP, Leaton will provide “leadership in the planning, organizing, and follow through of the Enid campus’ educational offerings for NOC.” In addition, he will continue to teach. He has taught in the business division, and will teach six instructional hours each year.

NOC President Cheryl Evans, in the announcement of Leaton’s promotion, had this to say: “... I am confident that he will help guide NOC Enid in a positive direction with a focus on recruiting new students and helping the institution fulfill its mission in the Garfield County area. Raydon cares about students and their success, and I’m certain that he will bring his strong work ethic to this new role resulting in great outcomes for the campus and the community.”

That is very true.

As a baseball coach, Leaton knows about recruiting. He knows how to sell NOC Enid as a place where young people can came to reach their potential. Now, as VP, he will be able to branch out and use that baseball recruiting experience to reach a wider audience. We have no doubt he will succeed.

Evans also touched on Leaton’s work ethic.

Anyone familiar with the Jets baseball program knows about his work ethic. There’s no reason to doubt he will bring that same attitude to his new position.

We commend NOC for making a winning hire, and congratulate Leaton for being given this new responsibility.

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