Jarnagin Named New Baseball Coach

August 1, 2014

Baseball, Faculty News

Coach John Jarnagin

Coach John Jarnagin

New Baseball Head Coach John Jarnagin brings more than 30 years of college-level experience to his position, and he looks forward to using that experience to guide younger players.

“I appreciate the opportunity to influence young men in the right direction, just like in college,” he said. “MUS provides an environment and a foundation in which people actually care about the character of their students. I share that philosophy, so I think I will adapt quickly. Baseball is the same game everywhere.”

Headmaster Ellis Haguewood recently announced that Jarnagin will take over for Coach Johnny Beard, who is retiring from coaching baseball to return to work in the electric-power industry.

“Organized, professional, diligent, and energetic, Coach Jarnagin will offer our boys integrity, personal development, and the wisdom that comes from his extensive coaching career,” Haguewood said.

Jarnagin most recently served two years as head coach and founder, in 2013, of the baseball program at Victory University in Memphis. The 2014 season wrapped up with a trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series, in which the team placed fourth. Victory was ranked in the top 10 in the nation much of the year, finishing the season 31-24 for a second consecutive 30-win season. (Victory University closed in 2014.)

A native of San Diego, CA, Jarnagin played baseball for one season at San Diego City Community College before moving on to Liberty University in Virginia, where he played for two years. Jarnagin earned a degree in health and physical education at Liberty and a master’s degree in physical education, recreation, and safety at Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a graduate assistant coach for three years. After a season as an assistant at Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, he was named head baseball coach at Shelby State Community College (now Southwest Tennessee Community College) in Memphis, a position he held for 10 years. During his time at the college, he received coach-of-the-year honors with the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association five times.

He went to the Ohio Valley Conference for 12 years, serving as head coach at Morehead State University in Kentucky. His teams not only earned athletic lauds, including designation as the 2002 NCAA Division I leader in home runs per game, but also academic honors, including the conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the players’ high grade-point averages.

Jarnagin served as head coach at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, then spent a year working in athletic compliance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, before coming back to Memphis as head coach at Victory University.

His wife, Donna, is an English teacher at Southaven High School, and they have two children, Sara Beth, 23, and Micah, 20.




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