Following the recent resignation of Columbia State baseball coach Mike Corn after 13 seasons, longtime Charger assistants Desi Ammons and Cody Crutcher have been appointed to share head coaching duties on an interim basis, according to a prepared statement released by the school.
“I am thrilled to have Coach Ammons and Coach Crutcher step into their new roles,” newly named C-State athletics director Katie Willingham said. “Their commitment and dedication to the Charger baseball program and student-athletes is exactly what any athletic director wants to have on staff. Their knowledge of the game and many years of experience will help our young men be successful on and off the field.
“I know they will continue the winning tradition that Charger baseball has established, and I look forward to this season.”
Crutcher, a native of Alaska, played at Columbia State and completed his athletic eligibility at Southwest Baptist (Mo.), then spent three years as an assistant there following his graduation. He has spent the past seven years as an assistant with the Chargers.
“I’m excited to continue to be part of the tradition of excellence that is synonymous with Columbia State baseball,” he said. “Columbia State is known as a top program throughout the state of Tennessee and nationally. I am looking forward to working with Coach Ammons and continuing to build the already well-respected entity that is Columbia State baseball.
Ammons, originally from nearby Hohenwald, played at Columbia State in 2013 and 2014, and was a member of the Charger team that advanced to the national junior college world series his sophomore season. He went on to play his final two years at Belmont, before returning to C-State as an assistant in 2016 and becoming a full-time staff member in 2019.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue shaping young men’s lives on the field and in the classroom,” he said. “This institution holds a special place in my heart, and I look forward to carrying on the rich baseball heritage here at Columbia State.”
Crutcher and Ammons have been involved as C-State coaches with six winning seasons, 28 all-conference selections, 37 players who have gone on to play NCAA Division I baseball and four professional players.
Corn, meanwhile, has joined the coaching staff at Walters State under longtime friend and Senators coach Dave Shelton.
“While we will miss Coach Corn and the excellence he brought to our baseball program, we are pleased that we have these two young coaches with valuable experience to step in and continue moving our program forward,” Columbia State president Janet Smith said. “Both have been integral to the recruitment and development of our team, and I anticipate through their leaderships we will have an exciting and winning season.”
Multiple attempts to reach Corn for comment were unsuccessful.
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