Travis Watson is entering his first season as the Head Baseball Coach for Tennessee Wesleyan.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Watson served as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Faulkner University. At Faulkner, he dealt with day to day operations of the program, as well as served as the outfield and hitting instructor for the Eagles. Watson assisted as the Camp Director, scheduling, and field maintenance. During his 5 years at Faulkner, the Eagles made four trips to the NAIA World Series and won the NAIA National Championship in 2013. In 2014 he was named Alabama Baseball Coaches, Assistant Coach of the Year. There have been 32 former players who have signed professional contracts under his leadership.
Prior to joining the Eagles, he spent seven years at Lee University, where he established himself as one of the top recruiters in the NAIA. While with the Flames, Watson helped lead five teams to the World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. He worked primarily with the hitters and infielders and well serve as the first base coach.
Watson played baseball for Roane State Community College, Tennessee-Martin and Mobile.
Watson coached at Hiwassee College and Middle Tennessee State. In that time he helped produce 12 All-Americans, eight of which were first team selections.
Watson is a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., and he and his wife Eleanor have two children, Leah and Brody.
Brad Neffendorf is entering his 12th year of coaching, second as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Wesleyan after a 5 year stint at Campbellsville University a yearly top 25 NAIA program.
In 6 years at the NAIA level, his pitching staffs have put together some of the nation’s best numbers.
Finished in the NAIA’s top 20 ERA 5 of 6 years, including three top 5 ERA’s in 2012 (2.65) #3 NAIA Rank, 2015 (2.66) #2 NAIA rank and 2016 with TWC (2.33) which was the #1 Nation’s best.
*Campbellsville’s 2012 ERA was a program history best and 2015 with a program history second best
*Tennessee Wesleyan’s 2016 ERA was also a program history best
Finished in the NAIA’S top 3 for Base on Ball’s per Game in 2012 (1.88) # 2 NAIA Rank, and back to back Nations best in 2015 (1.35) #1 NAIA Rank and 2016 (1.88) #1 NAIA Rank
*Campbellsville’s 2015 BB/Game was a program history best
*Tennessee Wesleyan’s 2016 BB/Game was a program history best
Finished in the NAIA’S top 15 OBA in 4 of 6 years, including 2011 (.242) #10 NAIA Rank, 2012 (.229) #6 NAIA Rank, 2013 (.241) #15 Rank, and 2016 (.237) #9 NAIA Rank
Finished in the NAIA’s top 10 for Strikeouts or Strikeouts/Game in 3 of 6 years, including 2013 (415) #10 NAIA Rank, 2015 #10 in Strikeouts per game (7.51) and 2016 #3 NAIA Rank in total Strikeouts (558) and per game (8.59) #4 NAIA Rank
*Campbellsville’s 2013 total of 415 strikeout’s tied a program history best
*Tennessee Wesleyan’s 2016 total strikeouts and strikeouts per game were both a program history best
This past year two Bulldog arms were taken in the 2016 MLB Draft for their first time; Ryan Hartman was selected in the 9th round and Chevis Hoover was selected in the 32nd round. While at Campbellsville, four of his arms were signed to Independent league contracts.
Neffendorf has also head stints as a two year Head Coach of the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley Collegiate League leading them twice to the VBL play-offs, after the organization had not qualified in four years, the league Division title in 2015 for the first time in 7 years and was also named the 2014 VBL All-Star game North Division Manager. Spent three years running one of the Northwest’s elite 19u Select Club’s that won the 2008 Babe Ruth World Series and was named the Oregon Team of the year award. Also spent two years as a head high school coach after a short stint at the JUCO level, both in Oregon and was a two-year part time northwest area scout for the Miami Marlins.
He is Married to the Former Meghan Roth, an assistant Athletic Trainer here at Tennessee Wesleyan
Jason Howard begins his 3rd season as assistant coach at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He will oversee the Bulldog Catchers, while also helping with the Bulldog Hitters.
Howard attended Meigs County high school in Decatur TN, where he was a 4 year letterman and starter in both football and baseball. Garnering All-State in both sports his senior year.
He then attended TWC for the next 4 years, while playing at TWC Howard was apart of 3 AAC conference championships, a Region championship, and the school’s first ever Super-Regional appearance. Howard was a four year starter at Catcher/1stBase, with a career batting average over .400 with over 45 HRs in his career. He was a two-time AAC All-Conference selection (2002.2003). Howard also participated in 2 different National Collegiate wood bat league (Clark Griffith 2002 and Coastal Plains League 2003) He was named an all-star during both summers.
After Graduating from TWC with a B.S. in Physical Education, Howard went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Howard became an assistant baseball and football coach at McMinn County high school, where he currently teaches Physical Education/Wellness. After one season Howard was selected to be the Head Baseball Coach in which he served for the next 7 years, winning a District and Region Championship while advancing to the sub state in 2009. He has been with the Bulldogs the last two seasons, helping the Bulldogs win 2 regular season AAC crowns and a AAC conference tourney championship as well as participating in the NAIA opening round both seasons.
Coach Howard resides in Athens TN with his wife Jacqueline Traer, who played soccer for the Lady Bulldogs from 2000-2004. The have three kids Mackenzie, Cooper, and Charlotte