September 18, 2019


DAYTON, Ohio - Success in spring baseball at Sinclair College begins in the fall.  Coach Steve Dintaman gathers his new team and begins molding bodies, minds, and character with competitive practices and community service that includes the annual team donation at Community Blood Center.

The full squad of 40 players visited the Dayton CBC Donor Center Monday, Sept. 16.  More than 30 registered to donate, helping the Donor Center reach 144 percent of goal for the day with 62 total donors and 21 first-time donors.

Coach Dintaman was the lead-off hitter, notching his 43rd lifetime donation. He knows his guys are competitors, so he threw in the challenge of seeing who could complete their donation faster than his time. "Apparently, I got beat," said Steve. "I was like six minutes, seven second. They were all asking what their time is."

Third baseman Mike Sears completed his donation one second faster. Coach Dintaman was not surprised.  "That's our All-American, on the field and in academics," he said.

"It's a good community event," said Mike, who first donated in the fall of 2018 during his freshman year visit with the team. "It's nice to do something in the community and give back."

Steve Dintaman is beginning his 13th season as coach of the Tartan Pride. His team went 51-10 in 2019, winning 50 games for the third time in school history. They again won the OCCAC conference, their ninth title in 11 seasons, and placed third in the Region. His teams have competed twice in the Junior College World Series and he's been named conference coach of the year 11 times.

"We're practicing well, and we hope to compete nationally like we always do, and make another World Series appearance," said Steve. "Academically we're hoping for our fifth straight Academic All-American team with 100 percent graduation rate."

Dintaman preaches the "three C's" of classroom, community and field of competition, and says, "You can't get the third without the first two."  His team will take part in multiple charity events, including the Sept. 26 Dayton Light The Night Walk for LLS.

Coach Dintaman's inspiration to become a donor and bring his team to CBC dates to his first year as head coach in 2007.  A new player, pitcher Dan Jensen from Centerville, nearly bled to death twice due to complications during tonsillectomy surgery.

Dan survived thanks to multiple blood transfusions. As Sinclair's ace pitcher he became an advocate for blood donations. He went on to play for the University of Cincinnati and the Dayton Dragons.

Every year brings a new roster full of rookies, but there are always players who like their coach, set an example to teammates.  Pitcher Tyler Wynkoop from Huber Heights is a first-year player who made his sixth lifetime donation during the Sept. 16 team visit.  His first five donations were at Wayne High School.

"I'm a biology, pre-med major," said Tyler. "Saving lives is kind of the name of the game."


DAYTON, Ohio - When the chips are down, the future firefighters come through.  Sinclair College kicked off the new year of campus blood drives Sept. 17 with the fourth annual "Battle of the Badges Blood Drive" in the Sinclair library. Donors voted with poker chips and Fire Science edged Criminal Justice by a single chip.

The "Battle of the Badges" Public Safety trophy will stay in the Fire Science department for a third consecutive year.  The trophy is a work of repurposed public safety gear that features a fire hose nozzle, oxygen tank, body armor vest and a training pistol.

The competition helped draw students to the first Community Blood Center blood drive of the year in the library. It totaled 29 donors, including seven first-time donors and 19 donations.

The Battle of the Badges is also an opportunity for students to learn more about Sinclair's six "Career Communities," which includes the multiple careers in the "Law and Public Safety" community that includes Criminal Justice and Fire Science technologies.

"The trophy attracts a lot of interest. they ask, 'What's going on?'" said Academic Advisor Myla Cardona-Jones. "It helps get more walk-in donors, and even if you can't donate you can still vote and be part of it."

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors Sinclair's four annual blood drives.  PTK member Brian Walker volunteered at the blood drive and made his 12th lifetime donation. "I've got type B-negative blood and I know that's pretty low in supply," said Brian.

Brian voted by placing his chip in the Fire Science jar. "I'm doing an EMS course in the Health Science Department," he said. "So, I'm really more for Fire than I am for Criminal Justice."

Business student Isaac Phelps from Inglewood donated and cast his vote for Criminal Justice. "My aunt works in a police station," he said. "I like them both, but because of her I have insight into that."

Sinclair staff member Alecia Renner is a regular supporter of the campus blood drives and made her 15th lifetime donation at the Battle of the Badges. She wasn't sure how she would vote, but she remembers well what motivated her to become a donor.

"I had a blood transfusion when I had my daughter," said Alecia. "I had to have four bags of blood. I decided to donate because a lot of people saved my life."

The next blood drive in the Sinclair library will be Dec. 4.