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Cody Church

Davidson Academy is turning its baseball program over to a coach with significant college experience.

Cody Church, the head coach at Maryville College from 2015-19, was announced as the Bears new baseball coach earlier this week. He led the Scots to a 122-79 record during his five-season tenure.

Church replaces Travis Humes, who resigned following Davidson Academy’s 13-22-1 finish this spring. The Bears last advanced to the Division II-A state final four in 2016.

“During this coaching search, one common theme came up every time we spoke to someone about Cody,” Davidson Academy athletic director Kevin Harper said in a release. “Aside from the high-level coaching experience he will be bringing to our campus, everyone referred to him as a phenomenal person. He knows how to build a winning program, and his emphasis on player development will be a huge asset to our student athletes moving forward.”

Church previously spent time as an assistant coach at two NCAA Division I programs in Presbyterian College and Tennessee Tech. He was an outfielder, pitcher and team captain at Lincoln Memorial during his playing days.

Most recently, he has served as the scouting director for the eXposure Baseball travel program and worked with USA Baseball to identify top talent at its National Team Championships.

Church will relocate to Middle Tennessee from the Knoxville area with his wife Lauren and their two sons to prepare for his new role at Davidson Academy.

"Our family is ecstatic for the opportunity to join the Davidson Academy community," Church said. "From my time as a college baseball coach, I knew Davidson had special individuals in their baseball program. After having the opportunity to meet with Mrs. (Terri) Simmons, Coach Harper, and Mrs. (Sarah Jane) Moore, it became clear that it wasn't just the athletes, but that DA was full of special people from the top down. I want to thank each of them for entrusting me in this process, and I cannot wait to get to work for the players and community."

Russell Vannozzi is the sports editor for Main Street Preps and Main Street Nashville. Vannozzi, a 2019 Lipscomb University graduate, was previously the sports editor for the Robertson County Connection. He has won multiple TPA and TSWA awards.

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