Baseball Coaching Staff
CHRIS PARKER, Head Coach
JOHN DEMPSEY, Pitching Coach
JPII since 2008
16th year in coaching
Coach John Dempsey begins his 7th year with JPII as a coach. The 16-year coaching veteran came to JPII in 2008 and returned to coaching and education after spending eight years working in the private corporate sector. John attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where he played baseball and was twice the team captain. John began his coaching career at Gallatin High School where he was an assistant coach in baseball and football. Coach Dempsey has been on the Knights coaching staff for six years and has been the pitching coach the last three years. The Knights have advanced to the final four in two of Coach Dempsey’s three seasons as pitching coach.
John is married to Cathy Dempsey and the couple has three sons. Their oldest son, Blaise, is a JPII graduate and graduated from Bellarmine University last spring. Reece Dempsey, a 2013 JPII alumnus, is attending Bellermine University and Pace Dempsey is currently a junior who plays football and baseball at JPII.
COACHING & BASEBALL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- 2013 – State Playoffs/Final Eight/school record wins
- 2012 – State Playoffs/Final Eight/school record wins
- 2011 – State Playoffs/Final Eight/school record wins
- 2010 – District Playoffs/Final Eight
- 2009 – Sub-State Playoffs
- 2008 – Conference Tournament Championship Game
- 1997 – Region 5AAAAA and Sumner County Freshman Football Coach of the Year, Gallatin High School, Tennessee
- 1998-1996 – Head Freshman Football Coach, Guidance Counselor at Gallatin High School, Tennessee
- 1995 – Assistant Baseball Coach at Portland High School, Tennessee
- 1996-1994 – Head Football Coach, teacher at Gallatin Middle School, Tennessee
- 1983-1987 – Kentucky Wesleyan College, Baseball Pitcher / 1986 and 1987 Team Captain
Tennessee State University, M.S.
Kentucky Wesleyan College, B.S.Ed.
COACH RANDY DARNELL, Catchers Coach
JPII since 2012
Veteran Coach Randy Darnell will return for his fourth year at JPII in the 2015-2016 season. Coach Darnell earned both his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to coaching at Vol State, Darnell has also been an assistant coach at both Beech High School and Hendersonville High School. Coach Darnell also served as a teacher and assistant principal in Sumner County schools during the late 70’s and early 80’s. “I am excited to have Coach Darnell on our staff. He has a proven track record as a coach and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our already deep group of assistant coaches,” said Coach Brown. Coach Darnell became interested in JPII while coaching at Vol State. “After watching the program from a distance and then spending some time with the coaches and players it was an easy decision to join the staff at JPII. I know several faculty members from my Gallatin days and I have been welcomed by Coach Brown and his staff and the players,” said Darnell. “I also noticed the camaraderie between the coaches from the different sports. The baseball and basketball teams workout together in the off-season, the football coaches are always in Coach Brown’s office hanging around and everyone seems to be close and pulling for each other, JPII seems like a big family,” said Darnell.
Darnell will handle the catchers for the Knights again this spring among other duties. “Coach Darnell is a top notch catching guy. He helps us win baseball games,” said Brown. “The main thing with Darnell that makes him perfect for us is that he has the same general philosophy. Coach Darnell is known for caring about his players off the field and using the game of baseball as an extension of the player’s education. Coach Darnell wants to win as bad as anyone, but more importantly he wants to be a good influence on kids’ lives,” said Brown. “That makes him a perfect fit for JPII and our baseball program.”
COACH JOSH CARMEN
JPII since 2015
Coach Josh Carman spent four years as an assistant coach at JPII from 2007 to 2011 and is returning to the staff for the 2015-2016 season. Coach Carman served the last two years as the head coach at White House Heritage High School. Josh is a lifelong resident of middle Tennessee where he graduated from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1999. Coach Carman was a four-year letterman in baseball while at Beech and was an all region selection in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 he was named both offensive and defensive region player of the year. After high school, Coach Carman attended Volunteer State Community College where he also played baseball for one year. After his playing career, he spent five years serving our country as a member of the United States Army. Josh was raised by former Vol State and current Head Baseball Coach at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Kenny Thomas. “Josh grew up around the game. We both had fathers who were coaches and we see eye to eye on how to run a program,” said Knights Head Coach Michael Brown. “Josh was here with me the first four years and was a major contributor to getting this program turned around,” said Brown. I am very excited to have him back on staff.” Coach Carman is married to the Brooke Gettlefinger Carmen and the couple has two daughters, Kylee 7 and Kennedy 5.