WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - On Friday April 12th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball team beat Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe Saint Catharine College in game one of the series 9-0. With the win, Head Coach Brad Shelton earned his 600th win during his illustrious coaching career.
Since coming to UC in 2001, Shelton has built one of the NAIA’s best baseball programs in the country. In his twelve years as the Patriots Head Coach, Shelton has won 411 games with a winning percentage of over .660. His teams during that span have made 5 regional tournaments, won 3 MSC Championships, and 1 MSC Tournament Championship.
Highlights during his career at UC include setting the record at UC for wins in a single season with 45 in 2004 and a #3 NAIA national ranking. He also led his 2005 team to a NAIA Regional Runner-up finish and had his 2008 team ranked #7 nationally with 43 wins.
During his time as the Patriots coach, Shelton has had 1 NAIA First Team All-American, 1 Region XI Player of the Year, 3 MSC Players of the Year, 2 MSC Pitchers of the Year, 1 MSC Freshmen of the Year, and 40 First Team All MSC performers. His players have also been successful in the classroom with many earning MSC Academic All-Conference.
Prior to coming to UC, Shelton was the head coach at St. Catharine College where he built a nationally ranked junior college program. During his six year tenure at the helm, the team was able to win 189 wins with 60 former players moving on to sign with four year colleges and universities. He also had 2 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft picks.
On the season, the Patriots are 24-17 (10-11 MSC) currently sitting in 6th place in the conference looking to move up in the standings.