Spring Sports

Baseball Coaching Staff

CHRIS PARKER, Head Coach

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Chris Parker is the head baseball coach at JPII. He is the only coach in the history of Tennessee high school baseball to lead four different programs to the state tournament. Coach Parker begins his 10th season as the head baseball coach of Team Tennessee, which takes the 20 best underclassmen in the state of Tennessee each year to Oklahoma to compete in the prestigious National Sunbelt Classic Tournament. Since taking over Team Tennessee in 2010, he has led them to three Sunbelt Classic Championships, three runner up finishes and two third place finishes. He has also been a part of USA Baseball the past four years, now serving as Tennessee’s state director for USA Baseball. Coach Parker has over 300 total wins in his career and has been the TBCA’s Sectional Coach of the year four times (2007 Cascade, 2009 Blackman, 2014 Forrest, 2017 JPII.)


ASSISTANT COACHES

WYATT DOUCHANE – Pitching Coach

LANCE SMITH, JV Head Coach

Lance Smith is the head JV baseball coach at Pope John Paul II.  Coach Smith is entering his sixth season of coaching and before JPII, he played collegiately and coached in Wisconsin.   Lance Smith played at St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) where he was part of two NCAA regional appearance teams.  Coach Smith coached the last three years as the Varsity head baseball coach at Sheboygan Falls High School (Sheboygan Falls, WI) where he led Sheboygan Falls to three regional championships. Currently he teaches 7th grade Social Studies at Shafer Middle School in Gallatin along with coaching baseball at JPII.  

PAUL KIRBY, ’13