2015 Baseball

2015 Baseball Coaches
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Bart Osborne
Head Coach- 12th Season

Bart Osborne is heading into the his 12th season as the head coach of the Union College baseball program in 2015, and is the longest tenured head coach in the history of the program. He took over the helm in July of 2003, making him the seventh person to hold the post since the sport was reinstated at the school in 1974.

Osborne has compiled a 444-195 record during his first 11 seasons at Union, which included a trio of 48-win seasons in 2006, 2008 and 2011 to set the program record for wins in a season. The Bulldogs won over 40 games in five straight seasons from 2005-2009, and went over the 40-win plataeu in six out of seven seasons from 2005-2011.

In addition, the Bulldogs have posted a 183-72 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference play under Osborne and won the 2006 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the regular-season championships in 2010 and 2011.

In all, Osborne has won over 30 games in season in each of his 11 seasons at the helm of the Bulldog baseball program, hitting the mark once again in 2014 after finishing with a 34-20 overall mark.

Union reached new heights in 2007 as it won the NAIA Region XII Tournament for the first time in program history and hosted the South Central Super Regional. In 2008, Osborne took the Bulldogs even further as Union won its second NAIA Region XII championship in a row and won the NAIA South Central Super Regional to advance to the Avista-NAIA World Series for the first time in program history.

The Bulldogs went 1-2 at the 2008 NAIA World Series to place fifth.

In 2009, Union posted a 44-12 overall record and advanced to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The Bulldogs also participated in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round in 2010 and 2011.

During his tenure, Osborne has produced one NAIA First Team All-American and 13 NAIA All-American Honorable Mentions, 15 NAIA Region XII All-Region Team players, 35 First Team All-Conference selections, the 2006 Appalachian Athletic Conference Player and Freshman of the Year and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

In addition, Union had a player named the NAIA Player of the Week in both 2006 and 2013, and a pitcher named the NAIA Pitcher of the Week twice in 2005. The Bulldogs have placed 47 players on the Academic All-Conference Team, 10 have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and seven have earned spots on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Also, three student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans by CoSIDA, as well. 

Under Osborne, Union has also had two player to be drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft while several other Bulldogs played professionally.

Prior to coming to Union, Osborne spent the past six years as an assistant coach at Murray State University. While there, Murray State made postseason tournament appearances every season and won the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship. In addition, Murray State has produced 19 All-Conference team members, broken 16 offensive school records and raised it conference winning percentage from 39 percent to 51 percent.

Before coaching at Murray State, Osborne spent three seasons at Southeast Missouri State University as an assistant, was the head coach at Kirby High (Tenn.) School for two years and served as a graduate assistant at Delta State (Miss.) University for two seasons.

He received his Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Master's from Delta State. Osborne played at Roane State (Tenn.) Community College, helping it win the state championship in 1987 and was the team captain in 1988.

Osborne is married, and he and his wife, Julie, have two daughters - Addison and Leanna, and a son - R.J.

J.T. Thompson
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
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Clint Helton
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season

Clint Helton is entering his first season at Union as the pitching coach. 

Prior to coming to Union, Helton spent the 2012-13 season at St. Andrews (N.C.). As a volunteer coach at St. Andrews he worked as an assistant to the pitching staff and coached first base. Other duties included assisting with recruiting, camp director, field maintenance, fundraising, travel coordination and monitoring student-athlete academic progress. During Helton’s stint at St. Andrews he assisted the team to a third-place finish in the 2013 regular season with an overall record of 25-22, collecting the most wins since 2005 and the first season above .500 since 2005.

During the summer of 2013 Helton was the pitching coach for the Shore Eagles of The Beach League in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Shore Eagles finished fourth overall in the league and posted an ERA of 2.69. 

Helton will be the head coach of the Surfside Rays of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the summer of 2014.

Helton played collegiately at Maryville (Tenn.) from 2007-11. Spending the majority of the time as a reliever at Maryville, Helton finished five appearances shy of the career appearance record. In 2009 he was also a member of GSAC Conference Championship team. 

Helton earned a B.A. in physical education & health for teacher licensure K-12 from Maryville in 2011.

Helton is a native of Walland, Tenn.

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Jonathan Riddle
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Jonathan Riddle is in his second season as a member of the Union baseball coaching staff.

Riddle was a five-year member of the Bulldogs as a catcher, playing for Union from 2008-12. For his career, he batted .292 with five doubles and 34 RBs. He threw out a total of 17 would-be base stealers and had a career fielding percentage of .984. 

In addition, Riddle was a member of three Union teams which advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

Riddle is native of Eighty Eight, Ky.