Roane State names Hamsley head baseball coach

HARRIMAN, Tenn. – Roane State Athletics Director Randy Nesbit has named Cam Hamsley as the new head baseball coach for the 2020 season. Hamsley, a long-time Raiders assistant coach, has been leading the program as interim head coach since January.

“Coach Hamsley is full of enthusiasm as he takes on the task of continuing our program’s attempt to advance up in the TCCAA,” Nesbit said.

Coach Hamsley said he is “grateful, humbled and thankful” for the confidence the administration has shown in him, first by naming him interim head coach and now as head coach of the storied program.

According to Nesbit, “he has always been described by coaches he has worked under as a ‘student of the game.’ He has excellent organizational skills, is a very persevering worker, and will take those attributes both onto the field and into the classroom as an instructor in our humanities department.”

At the end of his high school playing days at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Hamsley had to undergo surgery on his throwing arm, which ended his playing career but – as he puts it – “started my coaching career.”

After earning an undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University, Hamsley obtained a master’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. While still attending Union, Hamsley worked as an assistant coach at Springfield High School before moving to his alma mater, Pope John Paul II High School, where he helped lead the program to four consecutive state tournament appearances.

After being advised to give collegiate coaching a try, Hamsley landed a job as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Roane State. He held that position for three seasons before being named interim head coach and, now, the new head coach, succeeding long-time head coach Zach Sterner. The current Raiders roster consists entirely of players Hamsley has brought to the program.

Prior to the Raiders’ spring season being shut down due to COVID-19, the team had an 8-14 overall record under Hamsley, and a 2-4 conference mark. Hamsley is only the college’s sixth head coach in the institution’s 50-year history.

A native of Springfield, Tennessee, Hamsley and his wife, Rose, are the proud puppy parents of a golden doodle named “Roaney.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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