Cody Church joins the Golden Eagles in 2012-13 after spending the last year as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College. Serving primarily as an infield and hitting coach, Church also held duties including first base coaching responsibilities, recruiting, field maintenance, academic progress, and game operations.
During his time at Presbyterian, the team recorded its best record since becoming a Division I institution. Included in that record were key victories over Clemson, Duke, and #13 ranked UCF. As an infield coach, he helped guide a group which started two true freshmen, to a fielding percentage of .966. The mark was good enough for fourth in the Big South Conference. The team also finished second in the conference with 35 home runs.
Church first attended Roane State Community College during 2008. He started as a right fielder in addition to being one of the top pitchers out of the bullpen.
After transferring to Lincoln Memorial University as an outfielder in 2009, Church helped the team achieve a ranking as a high as #21 in the nation. In his junior season, he began his transition to becoming a full-time pitcher.
The summer following his junior season, Church participated in the Southeast Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Florida Oranges in Jacksonville, Fla. During that time, he led the team in every pitching category and threw the first no-hitter in league history. He wrapped up a stellar summer with a complete-game shutout in the first round of the playoffs.
In his senior season, Church was voted team captain and led the team to its best conference finish since becoming an NCAA member. He also led the team with six victories and added two saves in over 40 innings of work.
Church attended Seymour High School in Seymour, Tenn., where he was an all-state utility player his senior season. He helped lead the team to a final four appearance and a school record 31 wins. He also led the state with a .546 batting average. Church was a three-time all-district selection and also earned all-region honors as a senior.