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.
|2009||37-14||NAIA/USCAA USCAA National Champions|
|2015||38-17||NAIA Opening Round|
River States Champions NAIA Opening Round
|OVERALL - 16 years||560-292 (.657%)|
|RS||Dylan Fox*||FR||C||L/R||5-10||140||Louisville, Ky.||Acd. of Individual Excellence|
|RS||Nathan Patterson*||SO||RHP||R/R||6-3||255||Crestwood, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|RS||Jamaal Wilson*||JR||OF||L/R||5-10||175||Vine Grove, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|1||Will Broady||JR||INF||S/R||5-9||155||Greenville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|2||Josh Wenning||SR||INF||L/R||5-5||150||Palmyra, Ind.||St. Catharine College|
|3||Derek Jones||SR||RHP||R/R||6-3||200||Mt. Washington, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|6||Francis Mejia||FR||OF||L/R||5-11||150||Wesley Chapel, Fla.||Empire High School|
|7||Danny Maguire||JR||OF||L/L||6-1||185||Dana Point, Calif.||Golden West College|
|8||Scott Heideman||FR||INF||R/R||5-8||180||Elizabethtown, Ky.||Adirondack College|
|9||Noah Marion||FR||INF||L/R||5-11||165||Louisville, Ky.||North Bullitt High School|
|10||Matthew Olson||FR||RHP/INF||R/R||5-10||155||Louisville, Ky.||duPont Manual High School|
|12||Carlos Cespedes||JR||RHP/OF||R/R||6-2||185||Santo Domingo, D.R.||St. Catharine College|
|13||Francisco Quinonez||SO||C||R/R||5-10||180||Tampa, Fla.||Penn State Fayette|
|15||Reid Battles||SR||OF||R/R||6-5||185||Denton, Texas||St. Catharine College|
|17||Koy Lindsey||SO||C||R/R||6-1||225||Sonora, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|18||Conner Lindsay||JR||RHP||R/R||5-11||190||Nicholasville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|19||Anibal Salado||FR||LHP||L/L||6-2||200||Santo Domingo, D.R.||Chipola College|
|20||Neal Kirkpatrick||SO||RHP||R/R||5-11||185||Central City, Ky.||Muhlenberg County High School|
|21||James Davenport||JR||RHP||R/R||6-5||200||Louisville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|22||Hector Quinones||SR||RHP/1B||R/R||6-3||225||Barceloneta, PR||St. Catharine College|
|24||Barrett Croslin||JR||INF/OF||R/R||6-1||195||Russellville, Ky.||Volunteer State College|
|25||Peyton Johnson*||SR||RHP||R/R||6-2||175||Louisville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|26||Landen Sisk||FR||C||R/R||5-9||187||Elizabethtown, Ky.||John Hardin High School|
|27||Haden Fox||JR||UTL||R/R||6-1||200||Somerset, Ky.||Enterprise Community College|
|28||Jordan Taylor||FR||RHP/OF||R/R||6-2||180||Island, Ky.||McLean County High School|
|30||Tyler Jones||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||240||Huntington Beach, Calif.||St. Catharine College|
|31||Payton Durham||SO||INF||R/R||5-10||175||Nicholasville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|32||Daniel Chaffin*||FR||LHP||L/L||6-3||170||Elk River, Minn.||Floyd Central High School|
|33||Chase Heslep||JR||RHP||R/R||6-9||215||Bellingham, Wash.||St. Catharine College|
|34||Zach Williams||JR||INF||R/R||6-4||240||Louisville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|35||Jacob Cole||FR||INF||R/R||5-8||175||Mount Eden, Ky.||Spencer County High School|
|40||Hunter Barnes||SO||LHP||L/L||5-10||245||Nicholasville, Ky.||St. Catharine College|
|42||DJ Lewis||JR||LHP/OF||R/L||6-1||175||San Diego, Calif.||Grossmont College|
|44||Lucas Durr||FR||C||R/R||6-0||215||Lawrenceburg, Ky.||Anderson County High School|
|54||Jake McCoy||SR||RHP||R/R||6-4||240||Mesa, Ariz.||St. Catharine College|
|55||Corey Plahuta||FR||1B/DH||R/R||6-0||260||Mt. Washington, Ky.||Bullitt East High School|