Varsity Baseball


Head Coach: Jack Peel


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Baseball Honors

Congratulations to Ryan Rolison for earning the 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball award and to Logan Carey for being recognized as a 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball finalist.

Brauss named player of the year

Ben Brauss was selected as the 2014 DII-A Player of the Year by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.

Hensley signs at MTSU

Chase Hensley, Class of 2013, has accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University.

Bruins win State Championship in coach's first season

Before 2014’s championship baseball season, incoming coach Jack Peel had no idea what to expect. TSSAA rules prevent transferring coaches from working with players until February.

From a distance, Peel watched the athleticism of his players on football and basketball teams as the year progressed. And when spring practice began, the season’s potential took shape.

“I could tell we were going to be good,” Peel said. “As the season went along, I felt more and more confident every week.”

The team was fundamentally strong and executed well, and players prioritized team victories over individual glory. “This was the most unselfish team I’ve ever been a part of," Peel said.

On May 22, as the Bruins faced Tipton-Rosemark Academy in the state championship game, Peel’s confidence in his team peaked. “There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win.”

And they did. The Bruins overcame an early four-run deficit to win 8-4. It was the baseball team’s fifth state title and the second in three seasons.

Peel said the win was surreal. He enjoyed it during the entire ride home from Murfreesboro, and then he turned his focus to 2015.

“I’ve got that taste in my mouth, and I want to do it again this year and again the following year.”

Peel came to USJ as Upper School baseball coach and Facilities Director after serving as director of football operations at Arkansas State University. He had coached on the collegiate level for 12 years, including stops at the University of Memphis, Lyon College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Lambuth University.

As a player, he spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi. After being an eighth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 Major League Baseball winter draft, he was selected to the Mississippi Junior College All-State Team following his sophomore season. In 2005, he was inducted into the Northwest Mississippi Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Peel’s final two seasons of collegiate play were spent at the University of Memphis where he was selected to the All-Metro Conference Team in 1986 as an outfielder.
After college, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. He played four seasons with the Sox and two seasons with the Texas Rangers.

Peel knows baseball, and he brings that experience to his coaching position at USJ. He finished his first season as a Bruin with a 25-13 record. And, of course, he won a state championship.

Before becoming a Bruin, he said he did not know much about USJ. But from day one, it’s been a welcoming environment that encourages excellence and provides opportunities for personal growth. After his first year, he said he wished he had been at USJ for the past 20.

“It has been awesome.”