Maryville College Director of Athletics Kandis Schram has announced that Head Baseball Coach Cody Church has stepped down after five seasons directing the Scots baseball program. With this confirmation, Schram has named Clint Helton the program's interim head coach while the administration acts swiftly and confidently to hire a person to lead the baseball program with the same passion and commitment shared by the program's student-athletes and alumni. The Maryville College administration seeks to begin a national search for the head coach position immediately.
Helton has had a key role in recruiting and developing every player on the active roster, as well as recruiting the outstanding class expected this upcoming fall. He is beginning his sixth season and was named Associate Head Baseball Coach in September of 2017.
"We look forward to finding a leader of young men who will teach life lessons on and off the baseball diamond while developing student athletes to their fullest potential during competition," stated Coach Schram. "This program has a tradition of excellence, and we look forward to seeing what the next leader of the program can accomplish."
Over the past five seasons, the Maryville College baseball program has posted a school-record five consecutive 20-plus win seasons claiming 61 percent of all challenges. In 2015 Maryville was ranked as high as 23rd nationally while recording the school record for wins in a single season (29). In 2018, the Scots established their highest national ranking at No. 18 by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The program developed the school's first-ever major league baseball draft pick in 2015 while 16 players matured into All-USA South Athletic Conference performers.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.