2013 Baseball Coaches
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29 Rusty Thompson

Head Coach 6th season

Bio

 Coach Rusty Thompson (138-104) enters his sixth year as head coach after 8 years as an assistant coach at Bethel College, as well as being Head Coach of Men and Women Cross Country teams for 6 years. Coach Thompson graduated from Hardin County High School before playing 4 years at Bethel College for Coach Glenn Hayes. While at Bethel, he earned Team MVP honors twice, was named All State as a second baseman, as well as All Conference honors in his senior season. Coach Thompson holds school records for saves in a season (11), hits in a season (72), and had a career batting average of .350. Coach Thompson helped coach two teams to the Dixie Youth World Series, finishing 4th and 6th in those years. Coach Thompson graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts in Teaching. He is the son of Richard and Kathy Thompson of Savannah, TN and is the brother to Pitching Coach Nick Thompson. He resides in McKenzie with his wife Amy and son Ripken.
 
His 2011 team made an appearance in the TranSouth Tournament Championship Game. The 2010 squad finished 32-17-1 on the year. The program entered  the NAIA Top 25 for the first time ever last season. The squad climbed as high as No. 13 during the year. The Cats finished 10-10 in the tough TranSouth Conference for a fourth place finish. Bethel was outstanding at home last season sporting a 19-4-1 record in McKenzie. 
 
His 2012 team finished 31-22 on the season. The Bat Cats were 15-9 in TranSouth Conference play. 
 
Long-time Assistant Coach named New Head Coach
After fourteen years at the helm, Bethel College Head Baseball Coach Glenn Hayes said it was time to make a change and has tapped his long-time assistant Rusty Thompson as the new Head Coach. Hayes will remain as the Athletic Director. "Coach Thompson has been very loyal to Bethel. He is a Bethel grad and has coached with me for the last seven years as an assistant," said Coach Hayes. "It is a pleasure for me to leave our baseball team in Coach Thompson's hands. He has been an integral part of the success we have had here." Coach Thompson played four years under Coach Hayes and has spent the last seven as an assistant. He said when he got the news he was shocked. "To coach your alma mater is a dream come true," added Coach Thompson. "There is no other place I'd rather be than to be Head Coach at Bethel College." The Wildcats are coming off a successful season winning a school record 33 games. But, winning took the team some time. Coach Hayes reflected upon when he took the post fourteen years ago. "I had a huge challenge in front of me and our numbers were down. But, I tried to recruit the best student-athletes around the area and built from there. We won 18 games my first year and it was a lot of fun." Hayes knows he is leaving the program in good shape. "We have a great TranSouth facility to play our games in. We have a good group of players returning and a good recruiting class coming in. How well Coach Thompson does depends on how well I taught him. I fell confident that he will be able to build on Bethel's recent success." Coach Thompson also serves as the school's Cross Country coach and will remain in that capacity this fall. But, that position will be re-evaluated after this year. Coach Thompson is excited about his new position but very complimentary of his mentor. He said that Coach Hayes' guidance and presence will be missed and realizes he has big shoes to fill. "It is my hope that we can keep this team on the same course that Coach Hayes has set it on. The core of the team is very strong, even though we are considerably young," observed Thompson. "I'm thrilled and up for the challenge."
  
Contact Information: [email protected]
Office Number: (731)-352-6386
Fax Number: (731)-352-4238
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3 Nick Thompson

Assistant Coach 6th season

Bio

Nick Thompson is entering his 6th year as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. Originally from Savannah, TN, Coach Thompson is a 2000 graduate of Hardin County High School where he set many individual pitching records for the baseball team. After high school, Nick pitched for 2 years at Columbia State C.C for Coach Jim Painter. After Columbia State, Nick pitched 2 years at Cumberland University for Coach Woody Hunt, helping his team win the 2004 NAIA National Championship. After college, Nick pitched 3 years in the Chicago Cubs organization before coming to Bethel. Nick is the brother to Head Coach, Rusty Thompson.
 
Contact Information: [email protected]
Office Number: (731)-352-6442
Fax Number: (731)-352-4238
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10 Eric Patton

Assistant Coach 6th season

Bio

Eric Patton enters his 6th year as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats. Orginally from Dyer, TN, Coach Patton is a 2001 graduate of Gibson County High School. After high school, he played 2 years at Dyersburg State C.C for Coach Robert White. After Dyersburg State, Coach Patton played 2 years at Bethel University for Coach Glenn Hayes. He received First Team All Conference honors his senior year at Bethel. In 2005, Coach Patton recieved his Bachelor of Science in History and his Masters of Arts in Education in the spring of 2008, both from Bethel University. Coach Patton is the recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats. He resides in Dyer with his wife Aimee.
 
Contact Information: [email protected]
Office Number: (731)-352-6442
Fax Number: (731)-352-4238
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24 Jake Ramsey

Grad Assistant 2nd season

Bio

Jake Ramsey enters his 1st year as an Graduate Assistant for the Wildcats, after being a Student Assistant in 2012. Orginally from Milan, TN, Coach Ramsey is a 2007 graduate of Milan High School where he was a member of Milans 2004 State Championship Baseball Team and All State his senior campaign. Ramsey was a four year starter at Bethel University under Coach Rusty Thompson, helping the team to a TranSouth Runner up finish in 2011. In fall of 2012, Jake recievied his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Secondary Education. He is currently working towards his Masters of Arts in Education. Jake will work with corner infielders, fieldwork, and recruiting in the 2013 season.
 
Contact Information: j[email protected]
Office Number: (731)-352-6442
Fax Number: (731)-352-4238
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28 Derek Hinson

Grad Assistant 2nd season

Bio

Derek Hinson enters his 1st year as an Graduate Assistant for the Wildcats, after being a Student Assistant in 2012. Orginally from Dyersburg, TN, Coach Hinson is a 2006 graduate of Dyer County High School where he played under Coach Preston Ozment. After high school, Derek played 2 years at Dyersburg State Community College under Robert White. Derek played 2 years at Bethel University under Coach Rusty Thompson. In 2010, Derek was a first team All TranSouth Pitcher selection. He was also a member of the TranSouth runner up team in 2011. In the fall of 2012, Derek received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with minor in Health. Derek is currently working towards his Masters of Arts in Education. Derek will work with the pitchers for the 2013 season.
 
Contact Information: [email protected]
Office Number: (731)-352-6442
Fax Number: (731)-352-4238
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Cody Crocker

Student Assistant 1st season