BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Baseball Coach Blaine Brown announced the hire of Ross Spurgeon. Spurgeon will be the pitching coach for the Tornado after spending two years at The University of the Cumberlands.
"I want to thank King university for this opportunity to join their staff, and I am excited about what the future holds," Spurgeon said. "I also want to thank The University of the Cumberlands for the past two years and all the relationships and memories made."
In his first season at Cumberlands, Spurgeon helped lead the team to a No. 20 ranking in the final poll of the 2017 season. The team finished with a 43-17 record and the pitching staff ranked 12th in the country. In 2018, he helped them finish with a record of 47-11 and a top 10 ranking in the country. Their pitching staff ranked in the Top 25 in numerous categories.
"Ross is one of the top young pitching coaches in our game," Brown said. "There was a great pool of qualified applicants and Ross rose to the top with his passion and playing experience. He is hungry to get to work and develop and recruit some top student-athletes to our program. I look forward to watching our pitching staff and program develop under his tutelage."
Spurgeon began his college playing career at Cleveland State Community College where he was a weekend starter in 2011-12. He then transferred to NCAA Division I Tennessee Tech where he was a weekend starter. After Tennessee Tech, he played two seasons of Professional Baseball in the Frontier League.
"I knew King is where I needed to be the moment I spoke with Coach Brown," continued Spurgeon. "Coach Brown recruited me as a high school player so I knew what morals he coaches by. I look forward to bringing a championship to King in the near future by building on what they have already started."