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Baseball Coaching Staff


Head Coach: Mark Purvis

Coach Purvis is in his second stint as head coach of Mt. Juliet High School. He was rehired in July of 2014 after a two year hiatus. Coach Purvis’s first tenure as head coach at MJHS was from 2000-2012. His combined record as Mt. Juliet’s head coach is 463-176 including six trips to the AAA State Tournament in 2003 and 2008-2012. His teams won the District 9-AAA tournament 7 times in a row from 2006-2012 as well as in 2016. More than 90 of Purvis’s players have gone on to sign college scholarships. Six of Coach Purvis’s former players have gone on to be drafted and two former players, Caleb Cotham (Yankees/Reds) and Taylor Hill (Nationals), have made it to Major League Baseball. Coach Purvis played at Cumberland University and was an assistant coach there for three years as well.

Coach Purvis teaches World History & Geography and has previously coached girls and boys basketball at MJHS. He and his wife Amber have two children: Rylan and Presley.

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Assistant Coach: Ryan Hill

Coach Hill is in his 10th season as an assistant coach at Mt. Juliet. He was a JV assistant in 2009, JV head coach from 2010-2012, and varsity assistant from 2012-present. He works primarily with the hitters and outfielders and will be coaching 3rd base. Coach Hill received a baseball scholarship to Belmont but was unable to play due to an eye injury.

Coach Hill is the RTI/Data Coach at MJHS. He previously taught Business and Social Studies courses at Mt. Juliet High School and has previously coached girls basketball and girls soccer. He is married to Janie who is a math teacher at MJHS. They have one daughter, Calleigh, who was born in May, 2017.


Assistant Coach: Nathan Holcomb

Coach Holcomb is in his first season as the varsity pitching coach at Mt. Juliet High School. He has previously coached at Watertown High School and in North Carolina where one of his teams won the state championship. Coach Holcomb attended North Carolina State for one season to play baseball and then transferred to Elon University where he finished up his baseball career and was an All-Conference player.

Coach Holcomb teaches Business courses at Watertown High School where his wife, Brandy, is the head volleyball coach. Coach Holcomb and his wife have two children: Jackson and Brinley.



Assistant Coach: Josh Marlowe

Coach Marlowe is in his 8th season as an assistant coach at Mt. Juliet. He was a JV assistant from 2010-2013 and a varsity assistant from 2015-present. Coach Marlowe works with the infielders and is the Director of Baseball Operations at MJHS.

Coach Marlowe teaches ACT Prep and AP U.S. History at Mt. Juliet High School. He previously coached football and boys basketball at Mt. Juliet Middle School. Coach Marlowe recently got engaged and will be getting married to his fiance, Meg, in 2017.


Assistant Coach: Zach Tompkins

Coach Tompkins is in his second year as a coach at MJHS. This year he will be assisting on the varsity and coaching first base. His primary responsibilities will be working with the catchers and hitters. Coach Tompkins graduated from MJHS in 2012 and was the starting catcher during his junior and senior seasons. After high school he played two years at Jackson State Community College and two years at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Coach Tompkins teaches Business/Technology courses at MJHS.


JV Coach: Mack Merritt

Coach Merritt is in his second year as a coach at MJHS. This year he will be coaching the JV team. He is also an assistant football coach at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

Coach Merritt teaches PE at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

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