Garrett begins his 16th season as head coach of the Concord baseball program where he has amassed a school-record 355 wins in his tenure.
Garrett guided the Mountain Lion baseball team to four WVIAC Southern Division titles, the 2001 WVIAC championship – Concord’s first in 40 years – and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Garrett coached the program from 1996-2010 before resuming coaching duties in June 2015.
Five of Garrett’s players went on to sign professional contracts. Garrett won the WVIAC Coach of the Year award three times — 2001, 2003 and 2008. His 2008 team finished 35-15 and set a then single-season victories record. His final team, in 2010, posted a record of 29-9, setting a single-season winning percentage record of .763.
In his first stint as coach, Garrett tutored 33 all-conference First Team players, four conference hitters of the year, two pitcher of the year, four conference players of the year, 10 all-region players and nine All-Americans. Additionally, six of Garrett’s former players have been inducted into the Concord Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Devin Smith will begin his third season as an assistant coach for the Concord University baseball team in 2016. Under head coach Kevin Garrett, Smith works with all facets of the program.
While Smith does help with several duties within the program, Smith works with Concord’s hitters and outfielders most closely. In Smith’s first season as an assistant coach, he helped all-region outfielder Bret Blevins because one of the best players in program history. Last season, Smith worked with then-freshman outfielder Andy Szamski as he earn Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year and be named an all-region player.
Off the field, Smith is the recruiting coordinator for the Mountain Lions. Concord has brought in double-digit recruits in the first two seasons Smith has been in the position of recruiting coordinator including Szamski.
Tim Leather, one of Concord’s most outstanding relief pitchers in program history, enters his first year as pitching coach at his alma mater. In two seasons he amassed 34 appearances, logging a record of 8-2 and a 3.74 ERA on one of the Atlantic Region’s strongest pitching staffs. Prior to his playing career at Concord University, Leather competed at one of the most successful junior college programs in the country in Frederick Community College. During his time at FCC, the cougars posted 97 wins along with an appearance at the NJCAA World Series.
Leather was also a Valley League Baseball veteran playing three years in one of the top summer leagues in the country, while competing for the Waynesboro Generals (2010, 2011) and the Front Royal Cardinals (2013). His playing experience in the VBL made him a highly sought after commodity in the leagues coaching circles, subsequently earning him a position as pitching coach for the New Market Rebels.
Concord head baseball coach Andrew Wright said about Leather: “Tim is an outstanding addition to our staff. Not only was he a frontline contributor on two of our programs most successful teams, he possess the knowledge and skillset to be an incredible pitching coach. Tim’s future is bright and I am happy that he chose to begin his coaching career at Concord University.”