Wes Timmons Named Head Baseball Coach
Wes Timmons begins Head Coaching career at Shorter University, after a productive 2-year stint at North Carolina A&T and 10-year professional playing career. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and spent eight seasons in their organization. He signed with the Oakland A’s organization in September 2010, where he spent the final two years of his career.
Timmons made his professional debut with the Braves affiliate in the Gulf Coast rookie League in 2002 before being promoted to Macon. He also competed for the Rome Braves, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Mississippi Braves, Richmond Braves, and the Gwinnett Braves before joining the Sacramento River Cats in the Oakland A’s organization.
A majority of his more than 1,000 games played in the minor leagues was spent playing third base. For his last seven seasons starting in 2005, he competed at the Triple A level. He split the 2011 season at Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Midland before capping his professional career with the Sacramento River Cats in 2012. Timmons set career highs in batting average (.341), home runs (8), RBI (62) and slugging percentage (.468) in 2011. It was the 10th highest average among all full season minor leaguers.
Timmons finished his professional career with a .280 average, 202 doubles, 12 triples, 48 home runs and 409 RBI in 1,047 games in 10 seasons. He also has a career on-base percentage of .389.
Timmons, a native of Jacksonville, Fl., attended Appalachian State University and Bethune-Cookman College. As a senior with the Wildcats in 2002, Timmons batted .425 (91-for-214) in 61 games. He collected 22 doubles, 40 stolen bases, a triple, 10 home runs and 64 RBI that season, while striking out just 12 times that season. He ranked 13th in the nation for batting average, and was 10th in the nation for runs per game. He was also the seventh hardest batter to strike out in the country, striking out once every 17.8 at-bats, which led to his MEAC Player of the Year honors.
Francisco Suarez has been named Head Assistant Baseball coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Shorter University by Head Coach Wes Timmons. Suarez enters his first season with the Hawks and will be in charge of the Pitching Staff and all the recruiting efforts for Shorter Baseball.
He is a 2013 graduate of Coker College where he received a degree in Physical Education and Sports Management. He was two-year member of the Coker College baseball team that made an appearance in the Division II World Series in 2013. Suarez also helped lead his team to a Southeastern Regional Championship and a Conference Carolinas Championship.
He was named to the Conference Carolinas all-tournament team during his senior year and received the Coker College’s Coach’s Award. In 2012, Suarez was named to the Conference Carolinas Academic team.Suarez transferred to Coker College from Lawson State Community College where he played baseball for two seasons. He graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with an associate of arts degree in communication and was also on the Dean’s List.
Suarez is a Miami, FL native and graduated from Miami Senior High School where he was second-team All-Dade County in 2008 and ’09.