Head Baseball Coach
The 2015 season will mark Luther Bramblett's 15th year as the skipper of St. Catharine Baseball. Only Joan Rizer, the SC Golf coach has been here longer. Bramblett holds the record for most wins (497) in any sport at St. Catharine College. For the first time since joining the NAIA, Bramblett was named MSC Coach of the Year last year.
Last season the Patriots finished with a 38-17 record 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. They finshed the year ranked 29th in the NAIA final ranking. The Pats have won 30+ games 12 times in 14 seasons under Bramblett.
John Werner was the 1st Patriot since going 4-year to be drafted into professional baseball. He was taken in the 32nd round by the Texas Rangers. Steven Borkowski signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves over the summer. Four Patriots have played professional baseball since 2009.
Seven Patriots were named to the All MSC Team (5 1st Team), three won a MSC Gold Glove and seven players were named Academic All Conference last year. Also, Lamont Calloway and Alex Knowles were named NAIA Academic All Americans. Werner was named MSC Pitcher of the Year. Since going 4-year in 2009, Bramblett has led 4 All Americans, 35 All Conference players and 12 Gold Glove winners. 40 players have been name Academic All Conference and 11 have been named Academic All Americans.
In 2009, the Patriots first year as a four year program, they went 37-14 and won the USCAA National Championship during the transition year.
"I'm proud of the direction of our program," noted Patriot mentor Coach Bramblett. "The college family is committed to educating young people with a personal touch and is encouraging, both academically and athletically. We've had great support from our administration, faculty and staff, but most importantly, our players have bought into our program and have worked hard to carry on the tradition of Patriot Baseball."
During his first 7 years, 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 had been drafted, signed with, or played professional baseball during those years.
The facilities have seen tremendous growth under Bramblett's tenure. Last fall, the batting cage area was covered and lighted for extended practice time. The outfield surface added Bermuda in 2010, a 10 foot turf halo was added around home plate, bullpens have been remodeled, the dugouts have doubled in size with the addition of concrete and a padded railing and a press box, restroom and concession facility was built in 2006.
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 Lady Commanders Basketball coach and teaches at Washington County High School. They have two boys, Sy (8) and Case (3 in February), that you can either find at the field or in the gym.
NAIA / USCAA
Coach Bramblett can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 859-336-5082 x1285
Assistant Coach (Pitching / Recruiting)
Stroop begins his 2nd year on the Patriot staff. Prior to St. Catharine he had a two year stint as an assistant at George Washington University in Washington, DC. While there, he worked with catchers and worked as the pitching coach the second half of last spring.
Last year under his direction, the Patriot staff had a 3.29 ERA and 38 wins. Opponents hit .246, struck out 344 times and walked just 147 times. The staff induced a school record 51 double plays.
Prior to GW, Stroop interned in the front office of the Washington Nationals, where he worked in advanced scouting. He also helped scout the Ripken League, a collegiate summer league. The Nationals won the 2012 National League Eastern Division that summer.
Stroop graduated from Claremont McKenna College in California in 2010 with a degree in Economics and History. While there, he pitched, played third and was an outfielder. After graduation, he played two years in the Pecos League with the Coastal Kingfish and the Carlsbad Bats.
After his playing career ended, he coached at his alma mater, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN in 2011. In 2011 he coached at the St. Albans School.
This past summer he was the Head coach in the Valley Collegiate League for the Strasburg Express. He led them to the title for the first time in program history. Stropp also has his masters in Sports Management from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Assistant Coach (JV Head Coach)
Jeremy Turpin begins his 3rd year on the Patriot staff after a four year career with the Pats as a player. After two years as a graduate assistant, Turpin begins his 1st as the second paid assistant. He will be the JV programs Head Coach.
Turpin was a four year starter at six different positions over his career. The career record holder in games played (201) will work with the Patriot outfielders this year. Turpin played much of his Patriot career roaming the outfield grass of Edelen-Haydon Field. He graduated with a degree in Business at St. Catharine ('13) and his Master's in Leadership ('15) last year.
He graduated from Anderson County High School, in Lawrenceburg, KY, where he was a four time All-Region player at shortstop.