Maryville College Head Baseball Coach Clint Helton has announced that TJ Wharton will join his staff as an assistant coach.
Wharton, a 2017 graduate of Catawba College, has been working at the college and professional level for the past four years. His experience in strength and conditioning as well as player development was key to Helton adding him to the staff.
"I am thrilled that TJ and his wife are going to be able to join our coaching staff and our Maryville College community," stated Coach Helton. "Not only does TJ have an extensive background in his coaching and playing career he is also and outstanding man who cares about the development of young men. He comes highly referenced from some of the most reputable programs and coaches across many levels of amateur and professional baseball."
Helton continues, "TJ's desire to develop others around him is at a very high-level. His ability to evolve through today's progressive game of baseball will relate to today's student-athlete. "He is very self-driven and shows willingness to be a lifelong learner. These attributes will continue the progress of our baseball program."
TJ will be the Scots' baseball recruiting and hitting coordinator as well as their sport performance coordinator within the program.
Upon graduation, Wharton has served as an assistant coach at Catawba College, Eckerd College, and St. Petersburg College. He served as a head coach in the Virginia Beach Collegiate League (Seabridge Seagulls) and is presently the head coach of the Licking County Settlers in the Great Lakes Collegiate League. He has gained experience at the IMG Academy as a catching instructor and is a performance science assistant within the New York Yankees organization.
Wharton earned his Master of Coaching degree from The Ohio University in August 2019.
"I am thrilled to join the staff at Maryville College," exclaimed Wharton. "To be a part of a program with so much history is an absolute honor. I look forward to assisting Coach Helton and the rest of the staff in bringing a championship to the campus but more importantly helping develop the young men within the program on and off the field. Having a program care so much about the community and their players is exactly what I was looking for."
As a collegiate player, Wharton began his career at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He excelled as a designated hitter at Guilford Technical Community College and Catawba College earning all-conference and all-region honors. He played in the distinguished Cape Cod League (Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox) as well as with the Kernersville Bulldogs in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate Summer League.