Fall Men’s Night
Join us for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship with the men of First West. We’ll enjoy wings and testimony from Ross Blankenship, COO of 2D Sports and former WMHS Baseball Coach. Tickets are $10 at the door and meal starts at 5:30PM, followed by our speaker at 6:00PM.
About the Speaker –
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Ross has traveled the southern United States chasing his baseball career as both player and coach. After high school, Ross played four years of college baseball and finished his catching career at McNeese State University, in his hometown of Lake Charles La. Graduating from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance, Ross entered the coaching profession at age 23. His first head coach job at St. Louis Catholic is where Ross proved his ability to lead. He took an inconsistent program from the ground level, and transformed them into an expected contender of the playoffs. Coach Blankenship finished his career at Saint Louis in fashion with a semi final appearance in 2010, followed by a state championship in 2011. That year, Coach Blankenship was named the 4A Coach of the Year, as well as the Southwest La. “Big Schools” Coach of the Year . The next season, Ross headed to North Louisiana where he led the “perennial powerhouse” – the West Monroe Rebels – to the state tournament. In 2012 he was selected to coach the Louisiana All Star team East. After two years of rebuilding the baseball program in West Monroe, Coach Blankenship forged his team a slot into the semi finals at the state tournament. In 2014, Ross accepted a position back home in Lake Charles La. to become the Head Coach of his Alma-Mata – Sam Houston High School. After a 2-year stint at Sam Houston High, Ross moved across the river to coach 1 season at Sulphur High School. In 2017, Ross resigned from coaching to take on a full time role with 2Dsports. Ross began hosting tournaments in 2008. What began as a single tournament in Lake Charles, has grown into the most dynamic baseball logistics company in the South.