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2016 Baseball Coaches
Travis Watson
Head Coach- 1st Season

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.

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Matt McCracken
Assistant Coach- 5th Season

Matt McCracken begins his fifth 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- 2nd Season

Former Cumberland University All-American Robert Clayton begins his second 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- 3rd Season

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