Carson-Newman head baseball coach Tom Griffin has announced the hiring of former Columbia State Community College pitching coach Mark Bounds as the program’s new pitching coach.
Bounds replaces Blake Herring, who left Mossy Creek to become the head baseball coach at Louisburg Community College.
“We are very excited having Mark join our staff,” Griffin said. “He has been mentored by some outstanding coaches. Mark has a tremendous work ethic and passion for teaching and will be a tireless recruiter. He was very successful with the staffs at Columbia State developing and preparing pitchers.”
At Columbia State, Bounds was in charge of the Chargers’ pitching staff and played a significant role in recruiting potential student-athletes for Columbia State Community College.
Bounds helped coach the Chargers to TCCAA regular season and tournament championships in 2014 and a spot in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Chargers were ranked second in the final poll of the regular season.
“This means a whole lot,” Bounds said. “I get to come back to a location I’m very familiar. I’m grateful and blessed to be here. I want to bring a lot of energy, knowledge of pitching and the ability to get kids to compete on the field at a high level to this program,”
Bounds’ collegiate playing career took him from Walters State to Milligan to Austin Peay from which he graduated in May 2012 with a B.S. Health and Human Performance – Physical Education K-12 Licensure.
A Strawberry Plains, Tenn.-native Bounds graduated from Carter High School in 2007, at Carter High School, he was a three-sport standout for the Hornets as he lettered four years in baseball, three years in basketball and three years in football.
Bounds earned all-district honors in baseball as a junior and senior. On the gridiron, Bounds was named the 3A Region 1 Player of the Year as a quarterback.