Mark Purvis

New Watertown High faculty member / coach Mark Purvis

Will coach golf, help with baseball -

Mark Purvis, who resigned in mid-May as the head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High, has transferred to Watertown High School.

Purvis, 48, will coach the Watertown golf team and will serve as an assistant coach on the Purple Tiger baseball team under head coach Lane Price.

A Geography team and a 1989 graduate of Mt. Juliet High, Purvis compiled an overall record of 516 wins and 194 losses -- a winning percentage of .726.

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 for MJHS head coach Gary McFarlin.

Purvis 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 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.

"Working at Watertown makes a lot of sense for me and my family," Purvis said. "We own a farm in Woodbury and I can see us moving there down the road."

Coach Price, named Wilson County Baseball Coach of the Year last week by The Wilson Post, welcomes the addition of Purvis to his program.

"I'm excited about Mark coming on board," Price said. "You don't find guys with his experience and expertise just walking around. He will be a real asset to our young men."

Later this year Purvis will be inducted into the Cumberland University Sports Hall of Fame.

Watertown is coming off a school record 19 victories (and eight losses) in 2019.

Ryan Hill to Watertown

Longtime Mt. Juliet High teacher and coach Ryan Hill has been hired as assistant principal / athletic director at Watertown High.

Hill, a 2009 graduate of Middle Tennessee State, is a 2005 graduate of MJHS.

Most recently, he was the RTI/Data Coach at Mt. Juliet and spent nine seasons as an assistant baseball coach.

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