Jake Cockerham is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Tornado baseball program. His primary responsibilities include assisting in scouting and recruiting while serving as the team’s hitting coach.
In 2013, Cokerham guided a Tornado offense that finished third in Conference Carolinas in runs (351), hits (510), doubles (106) and home runs at 40. King also finished second in the league with 309 runs batted in and 214 walks. In five games at the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the Tornado ripped 10 home runs, and 12 doubles with 25 walks for a .290 batting average. Four position players were named second team All-Conference Carolinas after hitting over .300 on the year.
Cockerham helped build a lineup that in 2012 finished in the top-3 as a team in multiple offensive categories including runs scored (3rd), triples (1st), home runs (2nd), runs batted in (3rd), stolen bases (t-3rd), batting average (3rd), and slugging percentage (3rd). That offense helped King break into the league with a monster 22-3 win over Barton College in its first Conference Carolinas contest in the program’s history and was one of two 20-plus run games of the season.
Two position players earned Conference Carolinas All-Conference second team honors in 2012 after Stephen Mullins and Tyler Gaby had breakout seasons in their first wearing a King uniform. Dating back to the 2009-10 season, Cockerham began his coaching career on a high note when he helped the Tornado to a NCCAA World Series appearance where they were one win away from the championship game.
The following season, the Cincinnati, Ohio native took a head coaching position with Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Va. where he took the Rebels to a second place finish in the A Hogoheegee District with a three-game swing from the previous year’s finish. The Rebels advanced to the district tournament and earned a bid to regionals with continued success. That season, Cockerham had four players named to the All-District and two more named to the All-Region Team prior to his return to King.
Cockerham began playing his collegiate baseball at the Miami University Hamilton where he spent two seasons with the Harriers. He set school records in single-season hits (71) and runs scored (54) in 2006 before transferring to King, where he was a three-year member of the varsity squad.
In addition to his current coaching duties with the Tornado, Cockerham is the head coach of a 17U summer league baseball team, the Anderson Heat, located in his hometown of Cincinnati. He also coaches the Cheviot Patriots of the Southern Ohio Valley Collegiate League (SOVCL) in the Cincinnati area. The team celebrated its 100th season of existence (1912-2012) with a fantastic playoff run to earn a league championship after finishing 19-11 overall and 11-5 in the SOVCL.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from King in 2009 and currently resides in Meadowview, Va.