Baseball
Overall: 23-7 AAC: 9-2 Streak: Won 3
 
 
2015 Baseball Coaches
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Billy Berry
Head Coach- 10th Season

Billy Berry begins his tenth year as head baseball coach at Tennessee Wesleyan. Under Berry's direction, the Bulldogs have an overall record of 388-154-1, posting a conference record of 167-36 during his nine years.

In 2010 and 2011, he helped to lead the program to a long time goal of making it to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs reached Lewiston by winning the Columbus, GA Opening Round Championship in 2010.  In 2011 they repeated the feat by winning the Paducah, KY Opening Round Championship. In 2012, the Bulldogs won in the Kingsport, TN Bracket to advance to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, where they won the NAIA National Championship.  In 2007 the Bulldogs reached two milestones by becoming the first team in Appalachian Conference history to go through the regular season unbeaten (18-0). In that same year the team broke the previous school record for wins (46) and tied the record in 2010, but were able to surpass that in 2012 with 53 wins.

 

Over the last nine years, Coach Berry has led the Bulldogs to eight of the last nine AAC regular season championships as well as eight AAC tournament finals with seven AAC tournament titles in 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  The Bulldogs have appeared in either the Region XII or Opening Round Championship final game in seven of the nine seasons coming away with the Region XII title in 2006 and Opening Round Championships in 10, 11, and 12. With the wins in 2010, 2011, and 2012,  the Bulldogs made their appearance in the Avista NAIA World Series. Berry has been named AAC Coach of the Year five times in 06, 07, 08, 09 and 10, Region XII Coach of the Year three times in 06, 07 and 08. NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 10 and 11, and for the efforts of the 2010 team Coach Berry was awarded the TBCA College Coach of the Year award.  In 2012, Berry was named the ABCA/Diamond Sports Company NAIA Coach of the Year.

 

Berry and his staff have continue to maintain a high level of recruiting.  Since the 2000 season Wesleyan has seen twenty one former Bulldogs move on to the professional ranks. Fifty three players have been named to the All Conference First team with eight of those players being named AAC Player of the Year. The Bulldogs have had countless Region XII selections and NAIA honorable mention All Americans including four first team All Americans and four second team All American selections.

 

Coach Berry attended Bluefield College where he was a three time first team All Conference selection and in October of 2009 Coach Berry was inducted into the Bluefield College Hall of Fame. After receiving his B.S. degree in physical education in 1998, he served two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Mills Godwin High School.  In 1999 Berry helped lead the Eagles to a Virginia High School League State Championship. The following two seasons Berry was an assistant at J.R. Tucker High School. In 2002 Berry helped to lead the Tigers to a runner up finish in the Virginia High School League State Championship. In the summer of 2002 Berry lead West End Post 361 to a Division 5 district title, the Virginia American Legion State championship and within one game of the American Legion World Series.

 

In 2003 Berry was named as an assistant coach at Bluefield College. Berry a former player and graduate of Bluefield was named the Head Baseball Coach in the summer of 2004. He remained at Bluefield for the next two seasons before accepting the baseball job at Tennessee Wesleyan. In his two year stint at Bluefield he had an overall record of 46-57 with a conference record of 22-31. The Rams broke the school record for wins in his first season going 25-29, ending the season with one of his players moving on to play professionally.

 

In his thirteen years of coaching either as an assistant or head coach Berry has seen twenty former players move on to professional baseball. He wants to continue to help young men use baseball as an avenue to get their education, continue on the bulldog baseball success and have kids that represent the school, their families and the program with pride.

 

Berry a native of Richmond, Virginia is married to the former Jacqueline Walker.  They reside in Athens and have three children Brady, Brooks, and Brynlee.
 
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Matt McCracken
Assistant Coach- 4th Season

Matt McCracken begins his fourth year on staff as an assistant baseball coach and first year as the Bulldog Pitching Coach.  He will oversee all aspects of the TWC pitching staff and also assist in the programs recruiting efforts.

 
In his first three seasons on staff he has helped to the lead the program to three Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season titles, two AAC Tournament titles, three NAIA Opening Round appearances with two Opening Round titles, one trip to the NAIA World Series and capped off the 2012 season with an Avista NAIA National Championship.  Prior to the 2015 season Coach McCracken worked with the Bulldog outfielders and handled the teams strength and conditioning program.  In that time his outfielders captured many post season awards.  One AAC first team selection and two AAC All Tournament team selections.  Coach McCracken helped Jordan Guida in 2012 be selected to the World Series All Tournament team and named as the Tournament MVP.  Jordan was later signed as a free agent in the summer of 2012 by the Detroit Tigers.  Coach McCracken has also served the last three seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan junior varsity team.
 
McCracken attended Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida where he lettered in baseball.  He was a 45th round draft pick of the Anaheim Angels in the summer of 2006.  After foregoing the draft, Coach McCracken attended FCCJ Community College in Jacksonville, Florida where he played for Chris Blaquire.  In the fall of 2008 he accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball at Tennessee Wesleyan.  A three year starter on the mound for the Bulldogs, McCracken compiled a 9-3 record with 125.2 innings pitched. Coach McCracken helped to lead the 2010 and 2011 teams to the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.  Coach McCracken recorded the final out in relief of the 2010 Columbus Opening Round Tournament that sent TWC to its first NAIA World Series appearance.  Upon graduation he was offered the assistant position at TWC and joined the staff in August of the same summer.  After his hire McCracken assisted fellow TWC assistant coach Stephen Baker on the East Tennessee Bulldogs select summer team and was named head coach in 2013.
 
McCracken is a native of Alachua, Florida and holds a B.S. degree in Behavioral Science from Tennessee Wesleyan.  He is married to the former Paige Goins a standout volleyball and softball player at Tennessee Wesleyan.  The couple resides in Athens, Tennessee
 
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Robert Clayton
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Former Cumberland University All-American Robert Clayton begins his first season on the Bulldog coaching staff after spending the last two years at Cumberland University. He will be responsible for heading up the Bulldog recruiting efforts and working with the outfielders.

Robert spent the last two seasons as the recruiting coordinator for Coach Woody Hunt and the Cumberland University bulldogs.  He was also responsible for the development of the bulldog outfielders and catchers. In his time on staff at Cumberland Coach Clayton was part of two National Championship teams in 2010 and 2014.  He served as an assistant coach with the Leesburg Lightning in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2014 as well, handling pitching coach duties for the club that finished 19-19 overall.

Clayton spent three years as an assistant coach at UT-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Broncs. UTPA posted a 79-84 mark during his three-year tenure while playing in the Great West Athletic Conference. The Broncs team ERA dropped from 5.75 in 2011 to 4.82 the following season to 4.25 in Clayton’s final campaign on the staff.

Clayton started his coaching career as a student assistant at Cumberland for the 2009 and 2010 seasons as well as the head coach for the Wilson County Sliders 14U in 2009 and Florida Bombers 16U in Miami, Fla., in 2007, helping the Bombers to a fourth-place finish in the Mickey Mantle World Series. He was also an assistant coach and the head junior varsity coach at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon in 2009.

The Miami, Fla., native earned Honorable Mention All-America and All-TranSouth Conference honors in 2007 at Cumberland, posting a 12-3 mark with a 2.93 ERA in 104.1 innings of work, striking out 60 with just 16 walks in 18 appearances with eight complete games. The Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA World Series that season.

He was a Preseason All-America selection before the 2008 season and registered a 7-4 record with a 4.63 ERA in 79.2 innings that year with 72 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 14 appearances with four complete games.

Clayton transferred to Cumberland from Broward College in Davie, Fla. He garnered All-State accolades as a sophomore at Broward and helped the Seahawks reached the NJCAA World Series in 2006. He also played one season at Miami Dade College after graduating from Miami Killian High School in 2002.

He received his bachelor’s in Fitness and Wellness from Cumberland in 2010. Clayton is married to the former Hilary Bauer from Belvidere, Tenn. She played basketball at Cumberland from 2005-08 and was a member of three teams that reached the NAIA National Tournament, including the national runner-up squad in 2007.  The two reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.

 
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Jason Howard
Volunteer Assistant- 2nd Season
 
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Corey Rhoney
Baseball Operations- 1st Season