Midway University has announced the begining of a new era with the start of the Eagles Baseball program. Hired to lead the way is Luther Bramblett, former head coach at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Ky. Bramblett brings in 15 years of head coach experience and over 22 years of coaching baseball at the college level.
"I'm extremely humbled and blessed to have this opportunity," stated Bramblett. "Not many coaches get the chance to start a program from scratch and I'm excited for what Midway has to offer. Thanks to President Marsden and Athletic Director Rusty Kennedy for choosing me to start and lead the Baseball program at Midway. I'm looking forward to putting a good product on the field and in the classroom that the campus and Midway community will be proud of."
Bramblett led St. Catharine to thirteen 30+ wins in 15 seasons at the helm and had a overall record of 532-262-1 (.670%). Last season the Patriots finished with a 35-23 record and made it to the final three in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, finding themselves in and out of the NAIA polls. In 2015, Bramblett led St. Catharine to a 38-17 mark, a final #29 ranking and played in the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in program history. The Patriots finished 2nd in both the regular season and tournament in the tough Mid-South Conference.
While at St. Catharine, Bramblett was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2015. He also coached 2 MSC Pitchers of the Year, 1 MSC Player of the Year and a MSC Co-Freshman of the Year. Since going 4-year in 2009, Bramblett coached 5 All Americans, 41 All Conference players and 13 Gold Glove winners. Also, 44 players were named Academic All Conference, 13 were named Academic All Americans and 5 players signed to play or were drafted into professional baseball.
In 2009, the Patriots first year as a four year program in the NAIA, they went 37-14 and won the USCAA National Championship during their transition year.
During his first 7 years at SC, Bramblett went 258-88 and won nearly 75% of his games. He placed well over 70 kids at four year schools as a juco. He coached 9 All-Americans and had 11 All-Conference, All-District and All-Region players. 10 Patriot players were drafted, signed with, or played professional baseball during those years.
His 2004 squad set the school record for wins (48-8), finished ranked 3rd in the final NJCAA poll, losing in the Regional Championship game in St. Louis, MO. The Patriots led the nation in hitting with a .378 batting average. He led SC to a super regional runner-up and to two regional runner-up finishes.
Coach Bramblett came to St. Catharine College from Campbellsville University, where he helped lead the Tigers to the 2000 Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship and 92 wins in three years (99-01).
In 1997, he was an assistant at North Florida Community College in Madison, FL. The Sentinels were 38-18 and had four players drafted into professional baseball.
During the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Bramblett was an assistant at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. During that time, the Lions were 51-56 and reached the post season for the first time in school history in 1996. Three FHU players were drafted into professional baseball off those teams.
A 1994 graduate of Campbellsville University, Bramblett was a pitcher and middle infielder for the Tigers (1990-93). He holds a B.S. in History and a B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and a Masters in Education from Freed-Hardeman University (1997). Coach Bramblett grew up in Fort Myers, FL and graduated from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, KY in 1989.
He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and a veteran summer camp instructor. He was also a featured speaker at the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association clinic. Coach Bramblett enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He is married to the former Lena Campbell form Lebanon, KY. She is the Commanderettes Basketball coach and teaches at Washington County High School. They have two boys, Sy (9) and Case (4), that you can either find at the field or in the gym.
USCAA National Champions
|2015||38-17||NAIA Opening Round|
River States Champions
|OVERALL - 16 years||560-292 (.657%)|
Jeremy Turpin begins his first season at Midway University, his fourth year coaching at the college level. He will work with both infielders and outfielders as well as assist with the Eagles offense. Turpin will also help with recruiting and assist in day to day operations of the baseball program.
Turpin played at St. Catharine College (10-13) as both an infielder and outfielder. He set the career record for games played in a career with (201).
Over the last three years at St. Catharine, Turpin helped guide the Patriots to the NAIA National Tournament ('15) and 101 wins. He coached both 1st and 3rd base, handled advanced scouting and assisted with recruiting. He also assisted with weights and conditioning along with coaching the outfielders.
Turpin graduated from Anderson County High School in 2009 and graduated from St. Catharine College with a degree in Business Management. He completed his graduate degree in Health Promotion and Leadership in 2015.