Cody Church Named Head Baseball Coach
Cody Church is the 25th head coach of the Maryville College baseball program. The Scots recently finished their 142nd year of competition. Under Coach Church's direction the Scots have been able to accomplish a great deal of success. In four years the baseball program has a record of 100-62, an all-time school record for four consecutive years. The baseball Scots have received national rankings as high as #17 in the county, another school record. Off the field the Maryville College baseball program boasts a team GPA of 3.1.
Cody Church is entering his 4th season as the Head Coach of the Scots in 2017-18. In 2014, Church became the 25th head coach in Maryville’s 140 years of baseball, a program that boasts a 1,543-1,242 (.554) career collegiate record on Scotland Yard.
In 2015, the Scots finished the season with a 25-14 record. In USA South play, the Scots finished 18-12, breaking the win record since joining the USA South Conference. That team had 5 All-USA South performers on the field, including USA South Player of the Year, Nick Dean. Nick Dean also garnered South Region Player of the Year and First Team All-American, before being selected in the 32nd Round by the LA Dodgers in the MLB Draft.
In 2016, the Maryville College Baseball team had high expectations after receiving votes in the Pre-Season National Poll. The Scots finished the season with an outstanding record of 29-15, breaking the wins record for the 140-year program. They also reached as high as a #23 ranking nationally. Offensively, the team compiled a team batting average of .309, had 480 hits, 318 runs, and 17 Homeruns. They also finished second nationally with 98 HBPs. Since arriving in Maryville, the coaching staff has brought in players from all over the country including Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.
In 2017, MC finished with a 20-20 record. With the 20th victory, Head Coach Cody Church became the first-ever coach in Maryville College history to compile 20-win seasons through his first three years. Church continued his record streak as the winningest MC head coach through a trio of seasons. The head coach won his 74th career game at the helm. He passed Daniel Washburn (2007-2011) who had 61 and Eric Etchison (1993-2006) who tallied 58 career wins.
Clint Helton is entering his fourth season at Maryville in 2017-18 as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach. In 2015 Maryville was ranked as high as 23rd in the country while recording the school record for number of wins in a single season. During his time at Maryville the program recorded its first ever draft pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Three other players have signed to play baseball professionally to independent leagues. One pitcher was named All-Conference, while another was named All-Region. Academically the Scots baseball student athletes currently maintain a 3.03 GPA.
In Helton’s three seasons at Maryville the pitching staff has improved in nearly every statistical category in both respective years specifically in wins, earned run average, strikeouts, walks allowed, and opponent’s batting average.
While recruiting for three seasons for Maryville College has successfully signed 75 student athletes for the baseball program. These student athletes have ranged from Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.
In 2017-18 Jim Reese begins his 10th year as an assistant within the MC Scots baseball program. Besides coaching first base, Coach Reese has coached infielders, outfielders, and catchers. He has also worked well with numerous hitters. Being enthusiastic and intense is just a part of his love for the game and this program and Maryville College.
Jim grew up and attended high school in Millville, NJ. Coach Reese is an alumnus of Maryville College having graduated in 1981. As a member of the Scots Baseball team, Coach Reese played shortstop and batted leadoff during his four years. He was awarded the Ken Stinnett Coaches Award in his junior and senior seasons and chosen MVP and Captain during his senior campaign. A .310-.320 hitter, Coach Reese played every game during his four years and averaged less than five errors per season.
Jim went on to graduate school at UT in Urban Planning. His works also include Blount County Planning Director, realtor, economic development planner, and as an Interim Youth Director.