Bladen Bales is entering his second season as an assistant coach for Northeast Community College. Bales coaches the infielders, while helping with the hitters and coordinates baseball recruiting efforts for Northeast. He also coaches the Norfolk American Legion Seniors baseball team in the summer.
Bales came to Northeast from Nebraska City High School in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where he served as an assistant coach under his father, Tom Bales. Bladen received his first head coaching job in the summer of 2017 when he took over the Nebraska City Junior Legion program. In his first stint as head coach, he took the Juniors to the Nebraska State Tournament while posting a regular season record of 27-2. Coach Bales also helped lead the Nebraska City Seniors team to a state tournament runner-up finish in 2017.
Bales played collegiately at McCook Community College, where he posted a perfect .1000 fielding percentage as an outfielder. After finishing up his associate’s degree, Bales transferred to play and continue his education at Nebraska Wesleyan University.