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Calhoun Athletic Department Announces Hiring of New Baseball Head Coach and Assistant Coach

January 23, 2019

Decatur, AL – The Athletic Department at Calhoun Community College today announced that Cody Gaskill has joined the college as its new baseball coach.

Entering his first season as head coach with the Warhawks, Gaskill previously spent six seasons at Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN) and at Motlow State Community College (Tullahoma, TN).

A native of Fayetteville, TN, Gaskill attended Lincoln County High School. After graduating, he spent his freshman season at Calhoun before transferring to Volunteer State and then Tennessee Wesleyan to close out his collegiate baseball career. While at Tennessee Wesleyan, Gaskill was tabbed a First-Team All-American in his junior season, hitting .397 with 23 homeruns and 108 RBIs. He was also named a First-Team Gold Glove winner at 2nd Base and compiled 64 homeruns during his four years of college baseball.

In his six seasons as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Volunteer State and Motlow State, Gaskill coached eight draft picks. His most recent accolade was leading the 2018 Motlow team to top the country in regular season homeruns, with 98.

Commenting on the addition of Gaskill to Calhoun’s athletic department, Athletic Director and softball coach Nancy Keenum commented, “Cody is a relentless recruiter and expects great things in the future during his time at Calhoun. We are excited to have him join the Calhoun athletic family as we begin our new season.”

Gaskill is married to Tayler Gaskill, also from Lincoln County. The couple has a daughter Camden, who is 2 years old, and is expecting their second baby girl this May.

Coach Keenum added that Alan Watkins will remain with the team as an assistant coach and will be joined by new assistant coach, Ben Hawkins, who will be the Warhawks pitching coach.

Entering his second season coaching at the collegiate level, Hawkins spent his first year at Wallace State Community College – Hanceville, where he played from 2008-2010. In his first season as pitching coach, his staff included a 4th round draft pick, a First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Conference player, 2 preseason All-Americans, and the conference leader in strikeouts.

Hawkins pitched at Wallace from 2008-2010 before transferring to University of West Florida and winning a National Championship. While there, he threw only the second No-Hitter in school history. He was named to the First-Team All-Conference team, he was named a Second-Team All-American, and was a two-time conference pitcher of the week. Hawkins was drafted after his junior season in the 36th Round by the Washington Nationals and played four seasons of professional baseball.

One of the great young pitching minds in the game, Hawkins is excited to be home, as he and his wife, Ali, will reside in Decatur.

The Warhawks baseball team kicks off its 2019 spring season on February 9, with a double-header against Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi. The team’s first home game of the season is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, also a double-header against Northwest Mississippi.

For a complete schedule of all Calhoun Community College athletic events, visit the Calhoun website at www.calhoun.edu/athletics