Men's Basketball at Ohio State Lima offers students a chance to compete with other college students. The Barons compete against the other colleges in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference as well as many NCAA Division II and NAIA Division I schools. O.R.C.C. basketball consists of 10 teams. There is a regular season champion as well as a state tournament held at the end of the year. The Barons play a 30 game schedule. Part of this schedule includes leaving the state for two invitational tournaments. Tryouts for the basketball team are typically the second week of October and the first game is usually around the first week in November. We follow the rules set forth by the NCAA.
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Along with coaching the Barons throughout those years, he spent a total of 16 years managing the Lima Locos, a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. His Locos teams were outright league champions in 1993 and 2004 with four regular season titles. He has coached 10 major league players with the Locos and has had 73 players who have signed professional baseball contracts.
Livchak received his bachelor degree from Ohio University where he also earned four varsity letters and was a tri-captain his senior year. He has a career average at the plate of .290 with 17 homeruns and 71 RBI while pitching 160 2/3 innings for the Bobcats. After his junior year at OU, Livchak was drafted by the New York Yankees, but he decided to return for his senior year at OU.
After an open try-out before spring training in 1985 and impressing Cardinals coaching staff, he signed a free agent professional contract with St. Louis. Rob spent four years in the Cardinal’s organization earning numerous honors. He won 10 games for Savannah in the Class A South Atlantic League. An outstanding season followed for the St. Petersburg Cardinals in the Florida State League where he was 14-5. He was voted to the SAL and FSL All Star Teams and was honored each of those seasons by being named Left-handed Pitcher of the Year.
After being released by the Cardinals, he returned to Ohio and went to the University of Toledo where he was the graduate assistant for the Rockets baseball team. After earning his MEd in Athletic Administration from Toledo, he moved to Lima and started working as the Barons Athletic Director.
In 2006 Rob was honored by his hometown when he was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame.
Rob lives in Lima with his wife Amy and daughters, Quincy and Gabrielle. Amy is the Coordinator of Student Activities on the Lima Campus.