Longtime assistant Jody Evans assumes Interim Head Coach title
PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain has officially announced the transition of seven-year Baseball head coach Kelly Bratton into a role in the College’s Admissions Department.
The transition is effective immediately and all day-to-day Baseball operations will now fall to Interim Head Coach Jody Evans. Evans is a 2003 graduate of Martin Methodist and spent the last six seasons under Bratton as the team’s assistant coach.
The transition is a selfless one from Bratton, who will now work closely with the College’s Admissions Department in a crucial day-to-day role.
“Coach Bratton has served a valuable role within our athletic department for the past seven years,” Bain said. “Upon his request to relinquish his duties as head baseball coach, I am excited that he has requested to remain employed within our RedHawk campus family. Kelly will be able to provide our Admissions Office some much needed immediate manpower, especially in the next sixty days.”
Bratton served as the team’s head coach for the last seven seasons and his 201 career victories at Martin Methodist are the most in the program’s four-year era (1996—Present) Bratton picked up his 200th victory in a win at Blue Mountain (Miss.) College on March 10, 2017.
In addition to the record for most career victories, Bratton also guided the RedHawks to their first ever conference championship and NAIA National Tournament berth in 2013. The 2013 ballclub also racked up the second-most wins in a single season (38).
During his tenure, Bratton also produced the 2011 TranSouth Conference Player of the Year, two NAIA All-Americans and 12 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
“I have loved my time as the head baseball coach here at Martin Methodist,” Bratton said. “We won the first ever conference championship and I was fortunate enough to have coached All-Americans and a Conference Player of the Year. I have coached many great young men that have gone on to already achieve some amazing things. I am still going to be around campus because I love it here. It is home. I hope to help the College out in the Admissions Department and any other needs that may arise.”