B.S., Oklahoma Christian University; M.A., Oklahoma State University
Coach John Blackburn comes to Methodist after serving as the head women’s tennis coach at Eastern Illinois University since 2005 while also serving as the head men’s coach at EIU for eight seasons. He was promoted to Director of Tennis prior to the 2013-14 season. Over his past three seasons, Blackburn led the women’s team at EIU to a 37-19 overall record and reached the semifinals of the conference tournament in two of the past three seasons and he was named the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Coach of the Year.
Prior to his time at Eastern Illinois, Blackburn spent four years as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Coker College, an NCAA Division II program located in Hartsville, S.C. At Coker, Blackburn was charged with restarting a men’s program that had been on a one-year hiatus from competition. The Coker programs saw marked improvement as they rose three spots in the conference standings each of Blackburn’s years there. Prior to that, Blackburn coached at NAIA affiliated Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida (1999-2001). In 1997-98, he was assistant women’s coach at Oklahoma State and in 1996 he served as both the men’s and women’s assistant at Oklahoma Christian University.
Blackburn earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian in 1996 and a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State in 1999.