Recorded 516 baseball wins --
MT. JULIET -- Veteran prep baseball coach Mark Purvis has resigned his position at Mt. Juliet High school after 18 years at the helm of the Golden Bears.
Purvis, who turns 48 in June, informed the MJHS administration of his decision earlier this week, told his assistant coaches in 3 p.m. Wednesday meeting and his players at 3:30 p.m.
A Mt. Juliet High Class of 1989 graduate, Purvis compiled an overall record of 516 wins and 194 losses -- a winning percentage of .726.
"For a lot of reasons, I need a change," Purvis said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm going to concentrate on my family and my health."
Purvis starred at second base for former Mt. Juliet head coach Jerry Flatt.
Upon graduation from MJHS, Purvis was a four-year starter at second base for Cumberland University and an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Woody Hunt on the 1995 and 1996 NAIA World Series teams.
Leaving Cumberland, Purvis served three years as an assistant coach under Gary McFarlin. He eventually led Mt. Juliet to the Class AAA state finals in 2009 along with five other state tournament appearances (2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2012).
His teams played in eight TSSAA sectional games and won the District 9-AAA championship nine times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 20012, 2013, 2016 & 2018).
During his tenure at Mt. Juliet over 100 of his players went on on to play college baseball, including nine going to the SEC -- eight to Vanderbilt University and one to the University of Tennessee.
Out of those players, six have gone on to play professional baseball, with three making to the Major Leagues.
"I appreciate all the principals, the coaches, players and parents who have helped me through the years," Purvis said. "This program has enjoyed this kind of success due to all their support."
Purvis said he plans to remain on the Mt. Juliet faculty teaching Geography.