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Smith_ClayClay Smith, Head Baseball Coach
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A player’s coach who seeks to instill toughness and maturity into his teams, Copiah-Lincoln head baseball coach Clay Smith begins his fifth season leading the program. He is also an instructor in the health, physical education and recreation division.

Smith served 10 years as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Hill Denson at Belhaven University before coming to Co-Lin. While at Belhaven, Smith coached five NAIA All-Americans, 27 All-Southern States Athletic Conference players as well as the 2007 Boo Ferris Award Finalist, Thomas Royals and 2009 Boo Ferris Award Winner Craig Westcott. During his time at Belhaven the Blazers won six Southern States Athletic Conference championships (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), made seven appearances in NAIA post-season tournaments, and played in the 2010 NAIA World Series. The Blazers averaged 38 wins a season and had six 40+-win seasons. Four former Blazers were drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, and 11 signed professional contracts.

Prior to his coaching stint at Belhaven, Smith was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Southern Mississippi (2000-2002) where he coached five All-Conference USA players and three freshmen All-Americans.

Smith received his B.S. in biological science and his M.S. in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Smith and his wife, Carrie, have two children, Carley Clayton (CC) and Grady.

 

Bryan Nobile, Assistant Baseball CoachNobile_Bryan
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One of the longest tenured coaches on campus, Bryan Nobile begins his 14th year as assistant baseball coach. Nobile also serves as the college’s assistant dean of students and the assistant athletic director.

Nobile was the head coach at his alma mater, Mississippi Delta Community College, during the 2007-2008 season. Prior to coming to Co-Lin, Nobile served as a graduate assistant at Delta State University for two years under head coach Mike Kinnison. His primary responsibility was assisting with the pitching staff. Delta State posted a 102-18 record winning the 2002 NCAA Division II South Region and the 2003 Gulf South Conference Tournament titles during his two seasons as a graduate assistant. The Statesmen played in the NCAA Division II World Series in 2001-2002.

A native of Moorhead, Nobile received his B.S. degree in health, physical education and recreation and his master’s degree in education from Delta State University. He also attended Mississippi Delta Community College where he pitched for coach Terry Thompson’s Trojans.

As a pitcher for the Statesmen, Nobile was selected All-Gulf South Conference and All-South Region. In 2000, he made 24 appearances with a 1.26 ERA while posting a 2-1 record with seven saves. He also recorded 27 strikeouts and walked just five in 28 2/3 innings of work. His seven saves ranks third on the DSU single season records list.

Nobile and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters, Lucy and Ava.

 

Jack Edmonson, Assistant Baseball Coach 
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A young coach that brings energy, excitement, and experience to the field, Jack Edmonson begins his second season with the Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln. Edmonson, a Louisville, Miss. native, joins Co-Lin with an abundance of coaching experience to help lead the Wolves in 2017.

Edmonson graduated from East Central Community College in 2009 before earning a degree in Heath, Physical Education and Recreation from Mississippi Valley State University in 2011. Edmonson was a member of both the ECCC Warriors’ and MVSU Delta Devils’ baseball teams. After his time at MVSU, Edmonson continued his education at Delta State University where he received a Master of Teaching in Sports Management and Human Performance in 2015. Edmonson has accumulated over six years of coaching experience at the community college level.

Jack has been a member of the coaching staff at Mississippi Delta Community College, East Central Community College, and Holmes Community College. These experiences have given Edmonson a solid understanding of the community college system, and have allowed him to build relationships across the state at multiple levels of the game. Edmonson hopes to harvest these relationships on the recruiting trail for the Wolves.