Retired Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt makes magazine cover
Wood hunting, who retired from Cumberland at the end of the 2021 season as one of the most successful varsity baseball coaches of all time, featured on the cover of the latest issue of Inside Pitch magazine.
Hunt, 70, posted a 1630-774-5 record in 41 years as Cumberland coach. He led the Phoenix to three NAIA National Championships (2004, 2010, 2014) and two finalists (1995, 2006).
“Coach Hunt embodies everything we stand for as an association”, Executive Director of ABCA Craig keilitz noted. “Everyone loves Woody and we were honored to put him on the cover of our magazine.”
Hunt was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2013. He is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, Cumberland University Hall of Fame, Baseball Coaching Hall of Fame of Tennessee and the Boyle County Sports Hall of Fame, Kentucky.
Hunt is still in Cumberland. He was appointed deputy director of athletics for fundraising and facilities on June 1.
Hunt’s son Ryan, who has spent the last five seasons at Volunteer State Community College, replaced Hunt as Cumberland coach.
Fetters steps down as director of football communications at Vanderbilt
Sarah Shackles resigned after spending a year as Vanderbilt’s director of football communications.
Fetters arrived at Vanderbilt in August 2020. Prior to that, she worked in Duke, Western Michigan, Mississippi State, Texas and East Carolina.
Fetters is moving to Wilmington, North Carolina where she will be Director of Communications for the Advancement Office.
Ex-Sounds public address announcer enters Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
Chuck morgan, the first public announcer for the Nashville Sounds who has spent the past 38 years with the Texas Rangers, will be inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony Aug. 14 at Globe Life Field.
Great Rangers infielder Adrien beltre will also be inducted.
Morgan was also the official announcer for the Grand Ole Opry and had his own nightly radio show on WSM-AM 650 while in Nashville.
He’s now the Rangers executive vice president for entertainment, promotions and production and hasn’t failed to announce a game since arriving in Texas. His regular season streak stands at over 3,000.
Morgan and Beltre will become the 23rd and 24th inductees to the Hall of Fame.
Belmont hires Nashville SC broadcaster John Freeman to call up basketball
Nashville SC radio play-by-play voice John freeman was hired as the main broadcaster for Belmont’s men’s basketball games. Freeman will continue to call games for Nashville SC.
Freeman replaces Kevin Ingram, who has spent the past 17 seasons calling Belmont games. Ingram is now the play-by-play voice of Vanderbilt’s men’s basketball.
Freeman, who graduated from Virginia in 2009, has served as a play-by-play broadcaster as well as studio host on Virginia Sports Network. He called the 2019 Virginia men’s basketball games.
“John is considered one of the most versatile and hardworking broadcasters in our industry,” said Belmont, assistant athletic director of broadcast and media relations. Gregory wise noted. “His professionalism, extensive experience and proven track record at the highest levels of the sport will be a tremendous asset to our program. “
Freeman has also called men’s and women’s basketball VCU for radio and television and has also appeared in the Atlantic 10 conference, Tennessee State and Lipscomb.
His football resume includes numerous international leagues and exhibitions, Chattanooga FC and University of Georgia football.
MTSU hires Brewers assistant batting coach
Jordan getzelman is the new batting coach and recruiting coordinator for Middle Tennessee State baseball.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jordan join our team as a batting coach,” MTSU coach Jim toman noted. “He is a rising star in this profession and comes highly recommended.”
Getzelman has spent the past two seasons as an assistant hitting coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to that, he was the director of batting development at Dallas Baptist for two seasons.
The Crystal Lake, Ill. Native began his playing career as an outfielder in Missouri before moving to Kennesaw. He was then transferred to Menlo where he was named the NAIA All-American in 2017.
Local players named FCS Preseason All-Americans
Defensive back Austin Peay Kordell Jackson was named to the Stats Perform FCS All-America preseason first team and Tennessee State kicker Antonio Zita was named in the second team.
Jackson is a senior from Birmingham, Alabama, who made the Stats Performs All-America first team in 2019 and 2020. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Zita, a Lincoln County senior, led the OVC in kickers, averaging seven points per game during the spring season. He connected on 14 of 21 field goals.
Former Hillsboro Star Matthew Jackson, now a junior linebacker at Eastern Kentucky, made the third team.
Quarterback Austin Peay Draylen ellis is on the Walter payton Reward Pre-Season Watchlist. The prize goes to the best offensive player in the FCS.
Ellis, a sophomore from Olive Branch, Mississippi, completed 104 of 201 passes for 1,270 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in the spring.
Franklin’s Amsler receives National Football Foundation award
Former Franklin double lineman Jason amsler, now a freshman at Stanford, is one of 64 members of the 2021 National Football Foundation Distinguished Team.
The recipients were honored for their performance in the field and in the classroom.
Amsler was a selection of all regions, member of The Tennessean All-Midstate second team and team captain who posted a cumulative grade point average of 4.67 and was Franklin’s major.
As part of the award, all winners will be included on a permanent digital display at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
‘Prep Football Talk’ radio show turns 10
“Prep Football Talk” presented by Freeman Webb, a Saturday morning radio show that highlights high school football players in the area, will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the show returns on August 14.
The show’s hosts include a longtime football coach from the local high school Bubba Spears, Craig Ladd and Greg Pogue. It airs every Saturday at 8 a.m. until November on Nashville Sports Radio WNSR 560 AM, 95.9 FM, 107.9 FM.
“’Prep Football Talk’ provided a solid foothold for all of the station’s local and live weekend programming,” said the CEO of WNSR Radio. Ted johnson noted. “We congratulate Coach Bubba, Craig and Greg on this excellent series of programming which has clearly hit the mark in promoting high school football in the Midstate.”
Higginson joins Cumberland football team
Former Kentucky Wesleyan standout security Brad higginson is the new Cumberland linebacker coach.
Higginson has spent the past 12 seasons at the University of Manchester. He was the defensive coordinator since 2014.
Higginson was a four-year-old Kentucky Wesleyan starter. He set the program’s record for one-game tackles with 21 in 2003 against Campbellsville and recorded 171.5 for his career. He is also sixth in career interceptions with 10.
Boots Scott Memorial placed at the Bluegrass Club
A commemorative dedication was held at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville in honor of a long-time member and Grand DuPont High. Scott Boots, who also coached the boys and girls basketball and golf teams at Beech.
Scott was one of the best amateur golfers in the area.
Scott, who died in 2019, is part of the DuPont All-Sports Hall of Fame and the Beech Athletic Hall of Fame.
Turner returns as Music City amateur champion
Blaine turner won the Music City Amateur Championship for the second year in a row on Sunday shooting 2 under par in the final round and 7 under 209 overall at the Harpeth Hills Golf Course.
The senior golfer of Trevecca from Mt. Juliet became the first repeat winner since Tommy dogget (1992-93).
Travis Womble finished second (2 under) and John smith de Franklin finished third (1-over).
The Old Timers Baseball Association golf tournament will be held on September 16
The 24th Annual Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association Golf Tournament will be held on September 16 at the Ted Rhodes Course.
It will be a scrambled format. All proceeds will go to the association’s scholarship fund for local high school baseball players.
Anyone interested in playing or sponsoring should call Carter Brown (615-476-0271), Billy Griggs (615-865-0399) or Russ pyles (615-313-8334) or visit otbaseball.com.
Belmont is looking for hymn singers
Belmont is hosting auditions for the national anthem singers for the 2021-22 sports season.
Performers are required for basketball, baseball, soccer, softball and volleyball games.
Anyone interested should click on https://bit.ly/3ltYfg0.
Music City Knockout riders are coming August 21-22
The Professional Bull Riders will be back August 21-22 at Bridgestone Arena for the Ariat Music City Knockout.
It will feature the top 40 bull riders in the world.
Cady nance from Paris, Tennessee, will be among the competing riders. Nance qualified for the PBR World Finals 11 consecutive seasons before failing in 2020.
Nance is ranked # 26 in the world. He has finished in the top 10 three times in Nashville.
For tickets or more information visit https://bit.ly/3imnpuT.
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