HBCU Baseball 2022 Coaching Carousel

As the coaching carousel revs up for HBCU baseball, Black College Nines will continue to keep updates on the latest coaching changes for the coming 2023 season. Get all the latest offseason moves of HBCU baseball and recent head coaching and assistant coaching changes that have taken place heading into fall ball.

Recent coaching changes…

LARGE SCHOOL

Grambling State University

Pending – Davin Pierre (interim)

Note: Davin Pierre was given the interim tag when he replaced former coach James Cooper. With a 25-29 overall record in his first season including a 20-10 record in the SWAC and a No. 2 seeding in the upcoming conference championships, sources have stated the athletic department will remove the interim label and offer coach Pierre a three-year deal and retain his baseball staff consisting of assistant coach Adrian Turner and current graduate assistant Phil Adams.

SMALL SCHOOL

Lane College

Out – Head Coach Patrick Barbour

Out – Assistant Coach Christian Armstrong

Out – Assistant Coach Treviz Brown

Note: Patrick Barbour became head coach of Lane College in 2018. Barbour replaced current Rust College head coach John Bates after the 2018 season. Barbour led Lane to a HBCU Baseball national title in the shortened 2020 pandemic season, but was not retained by the athletic department. From what sources have stated, his freshmen recruits complained how he ran his program. It was a tough rebuilding year for Barbour who was building the program with a lot of young players. Contracts of Lane’s two assistant coaches, Christian Armstrong and Treviz Brown have expired and according to sources they will mutually part ways.

LeMoyne-Owen College  

Out – Head Coach Patrick Newman

In – Interim Head Coach Johnny Rudd

Notes: Former coach Patrick Newman resign from the program during 2022 season, sources tell Black College Nines. Assistant coach Johnny Rudd was the interim head coach when Newman resigned and is the leading candidate for the national search to fill the head coaching vacancy. No word if assistants Kennard Clark or Arvis Clark will remain with the program.

Jarvis Christian College

Out – Head Coach Michael Holochuck

Out – Assistant Coach Nick Pena

Note: Jarvis Christian is searching for a new head coach. The athletic department has announced the school has released Michael Holochuck of his head coaching duties several weeks ago. Sources confirm with Black College Nines that Holochuck cut freshmen from the program, which was an unwritten rule. The Bulldogs entered the season with high hopes but was scuffling the entire season. Coach Holochuck’s 2022 season was his fifth season as head coach of the Jarvis Christian College Bulldogs. His career record was 135-132 including four straight Red River Athletic Conference tournament appearances. The school has also cut ties with assistant coach Nick Pena.

Claflin University  

Out – Head Coach James Randell (Retired)

Note: James Randall completed his 12th season as Head Baseball Coach at Claflin University and his 14th overall.  Coach Randall’s school record sits at 183-211 while his overall record sits at 213-315. Randall took over a team in the 2008 season which had only nine players and has built the Panther program into one of the most competitive ones in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).  In 2016, the Panthers captured the team’s first-ever SIAC championship and the school’s second automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championships. The Mobile, Ala. native is a graduate of Grambling University, where he played collegiate baseball for the Tigers.  As a player, Coach Randall earned Freshman of the Year honors finishing with seven homeruns, and a .313 batting average. In his sophomore year, he was named to the second team All-SWAC.  As a junior, he earned first team All-SWAC honors, and was drafted by the California Angels.  Randall played professionally for eight seasons, including a stint with the Chicago White Sox, as well as the Angels.  He had his major league debut with the White Sox in 1988.

Claflin is searching nationally for a new head coach.

Tuskegee University

Out – Head Coach Reginald Hollins

Out – Assistant Coach Cameron Hollins

Note: Reports are that head coach Reginald Hollins has step down sources tell Black College Nines.

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