Assistant Coach - Mark Allen Bounds III


Mark Allen Bounds III joined the Chargers for the 2013-2014 season, after spending the previous year at Murray State University as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Thoroughbreds. During his time there, Bounds worked closely with the Pitching Staff and assisted with Hitting Instruction. Bounds’ also held duties which included first base coaching responsibilities, field maintenance, and was in charge of the player placement to summer collegiate wooden bat leagues.

At Columbia State, Bounds is in charge of the Chargers Pitching Staff and plays a significant role in recruiting potential student-athletes for Columbia State Community College. Bounds specializes in developing pitchers that will be ready to compete at the next level whether that is Professional Baseball, NCAA Div. 1, 2, 3 or at the NAIA level.

Prior to coming to Columbia State, Bounds has five years of collegiate playing experience and graduated from Austin Peay State University in May 2012 with a B.S. Health and Human Performance – Physical Education K-12 Licensure.

In his two seasons at Austin Peay State University, the Governors captured back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships.  APSU advanced to NCAA Regional in Atlanta, GA in 2011 and made it to the NCAA Regional Final in 2012 in Eugene, OR, facing the Oregon Ducks.

Bounds made 11 appearances on the mound over his two seasons. As a senior Bounds, he battled an arm injury and saw limited action on the diamond. He made his first career start against the University of Tennessee, April 24, 2012.  As a junior, he posted a 1-0 record in nine appearances.  He earned the victory by throwing two shutout innings against Illinois State.

In the summer of 2010, Bounds was selected as a Prospect League All-Star while playing for the Slippery Rock Sliders.

Prior to his time with the Governors, Bounds spent two seasons at Milligan College.  He tossed 11.1 innings in his sophomore season as he helped the Buffaloes to a school record 40 victories.  

In the summer of 2008, Bounds played in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, for the Tennessee Tornado, who won the Regular Season Championship along with the Post-Season Tournament.

Following graduation, Bounds attended Walters State Community College for the 2007-2008 season, where he helped the Senators to a 55-9 record. During his only season at WSCC, the senators were the TJCAA Regular Season Champions, NJCAA Region VII Champions, and East Central District Champions, thus making it to the 2008 NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO, where the Senators finished sixth, and finished the year ranked #2 in the final NJCAA Div. 1 Poll.

A Strawberry Plains, TN, native Bounds graduated from Carter High School in 2007, at Carter High School, he was a three-sport standout for the Hornets as he lettered four years in baseball, three years in basketball and three years in football.

Bounds earned all-district honors in baseball as a junior and senior.  In his senior season, he hit .446 with five home runs and 23 RBIs.  He also went 7-2 on the mound, with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 105 in 57.1 innings.  On the gridiron, Bounds was named the 3A Region 1 Player of the Year as a quarterback, Bounds currently resides in Columbia, TN.

In addition, Bounds has coached in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2012 where he was the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach for the Casper Cutthroats of Wyoming, who garnished a record of 27-17, finishing runner-up in the league. Bounds’ most recent collegiate summer ball coaching stop was in the Ohio Valley League where he was the Head Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach for the Hoptown Hoppers who captured the Regular Season championship with a record of 32-11.

Assistant Coach - Connor Tracy

EXPERIENCE:   1st year
PHONE:             931.580.3475

Connor Tracy joined the Chargers for the 2015 season after spending the past two years at the University of Tennessee (UTK) and obtaining his masters degree in Sport Management. During his time in Knoxville, Tracy coached travel teams at RBI Head First Athletics in Knoxville, TN. He primarily worked with hitters and catchers and assisted with the pitchers. He coached 12U RBI Team Wilson, 12U RBI Blazers and assisted with the West Valley Middle School team. 

At Columbia State, Tracy will be in charge of working with the catchers and assisting with hitting instruction. He will also assist in recruiting student-athletes that will be exceptional in the classroom as well as on the field. Coach Tracy will focus on developing these young men to be great teammates and preparing them to compete on the DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, or Professional levels.

Prior to Columbia State, Tracy had four years of collegiate baseball experience at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where he played under Coach Steve Peterson and Coach Jim McGuire. He graduated in May of 2013 with a B.S. in Organizational Communication.

In four seasons at Middle Tennessee State University, Tracy played in over 15 games…started in four behind the plate and as a DH. He also served as the bullpen catcher early in his career. During his career at MTSU, he played in two summer collegiate baseball leagues, the Ohio Valley Collegiate Baseball League, and Myrtle Beach Collegiate Baseball League.

A Shelbyville, TN native, Tracy lettered in four seasons in baseball and football at Shelbyville Central High School. He received All-District honors as a senior and his team won District 8-AAA regular season championship. Tracy batted .320. He was born on Feb. 22, 1991 and he is the son of Jim and Trena Tracy. His father, Jim, Tennessee State Senator, played baseball at Freed-Hardeman and UT Martin.

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