In his 13th season as a part of the Lipscomb baseball program, James Ogden was hired full-time as the Bisons pitching coach in the Summer of 2013 after spending the previous season as the interim pitching coach.
Throughout his 11-year tenure in Nashville, Lipscomb has played for the Atlantic Sun Championship four times, winning in both 2008 and 2015, and appeared in the first two NCAA Regionals in program history.
On the hill, Ogden has coached six professional pitchers – Brady Puckett (2017), Jeffrey Passantino (2017), Dallas Gibson (2017), Nick Andros (2015), Jason Ziegler (2015) and Hunter Brothers (2014).
Ogden helped develop one of the nation’s best starting rotations over the last three seasons (2015-17) with Puckett and Passantino as the anchors. The duo combined for 39 career wins, 10 complete games and 457 strikeouts with only 102 walks before both were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Puckett became the 28th Bison in history to have his name called after the Miami Marlins scooped up the right-hander in the 15th round. While under Ogden’s instruction, he was 24-11 with a 3.78 ERA in 45 career appearances.
Despite being only a junior, Puckett left Lipscomb as the school’s Division I career record holder for wins (24), innings pitched (288.0) and complete games (8). His 216 career strikeouts rank fifth all-time.
Not only was the 6-foot-9 hurler a Cape Cod All-Star in 2016 with the Falmouth Commodores, he was also a two-time All-Conference performer and tied current Boston Red Sox hurler Chris Sale for the most career ASUN Pitcher of the Week honors in history with six.
In 2016, Puckett had the best season by a pitcher in Lipscomb history. He went 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA and was named third team All-America by Louisville Slugger. He also became the first Bison in program history to be unanimously voted the ASUN’s Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins, strikeouts (101), innings pitched (107.2) and pitcher of the week awards (4). The Bisons were 13-2 when he toed the rubber that season.
Passantino became the third Lipscomb pitcher selected in the MLB Draft under Ogden when the defending champion Chicago Cubs used their last pick in the 40th round of the 2017 Draft to select the righty.
In 46 career appearances as a Bison, Passantino posted a 15-9 record with a 3.10 ERA, which is the third lowest ERA in Lipscomb’s NCAA era among pitchers with at least 50 innings of work.
Ogden helped turn Passantino into one of the most accurate pitchers in the nation throughout his tenure in the Music City, accumulating 241 career strikeouts to just 35 walks. His career 1.21 walks allowed per nine innings pitched ranks as the lowest in program history. In 2017, Passantino finished second in the country with a 10.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Among Passantino’s many honors is the 2016 B.F.C. Whitehouse Award, which is given to the most outstanding pitcher in the Cape Code League. He earned the prestigious honor, as well as being named a CCL All-Star, after going 6-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 55 strikeouts to just five walks with the Falmouth Commodores.
The three-year star was also named a second team All-ASUN performer in both 2015 and 2017, while earning ASUN Pitcher of the Week on three different occasions.
As a freshman in 2015, Passantino burst onto the scene by going 5-1 with a 2.69 ERA. His efforts landed him on the Louisville Slugger All-American team.
Brothers was the first Bison ever drafted under Ogden’s tutelage when the Colorado Rockies called his name in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Andros signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and began his career in Rookie ball with the Arizona League Royals.
Gibson (White Sands Pupfish) and Ziegler (Gateway Grizzlies/Washington Wild Things) signed contracts in Independent Baseball.
In 2014 and 2015, Ogden helped the pitching staff set numerous Lipscomb Division I era single-season records, including lowest ERA (3.78), lowest opponents on-base percentage (.333) and lowest opponents batting average (.244).
A former pitcher for the Purple and Gold, he began his coaching career as a student assistant coach in 2008 after suffering a career-ending arm injury the previous season. That year the Bisons claimed the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship advancing to the NCAA Tournament where Lipscomb downed eventual College World Series runner up Georgia in the first round.
After finishing his Bachelors degree at Lipscomb, Ogden stayed on with the program as a graduate assistant completing his Masters Degree in 2010.
Ogden then transitioned into the volunteer assistant role for the 2011 and 2012 seasons where he worked with the Bisons outfielders and pitching staff as well as overseeing the day-to-day maintenance of Ken Dugan Field.
A standout at St. Mary's High School in Paducah, Ky., Ogden began his collegiate career at St. Catharine Junior College where he helped lead the team to back-to-back super regional appearances and a combined record of 87-18.