Travis McCall enters his third season as an assistant coach and is part of the reigning Conference Carolinas regular season champion Tornado softball team. McCall came to King in 2011 after spending the previous season as assistant softball coach at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. Over his first two seasons, the Tornado have had nine All-Conference Carolinas performers, and nine student-athletes were named to the All-Conference Carolinas academic team.
Under McCall's tutelage, the Tornado offense continued to improve during the 2013 season that saw the Tornado capture their first Conference Carolinas regular season title. King ranked near the top of every offensive category in Conference Carolinas. The Tornado ranked first in hits (419), second in doubles (62), second in triples (9), thrid in home runs (27) second in runs batted in (191), first in total bases (580) and second in walks with 136. McCall also helped lead the a King defense that lead the conference with a .965 fielding percentage. He also helped lead a pitching staff that ranked third in the league with a 2.49 earned run average and five shutouts. Pitcher Hannah Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region second team. Tornado pitchers also led the league with 291 strikeouts.
McCall’s knowledge of all aspects of the game has helped him gain a reputation as one of the region’s biggest up-and-coming coaches in the industry. Last year, he helped turn around an offense in just one offseason, increasing the Tornado’s team batting average by more than 40 points and more than doubling its run production. Numbers rose across the board, offensively, and the Tornado demonstrated a fielding percentage nearly 20 points better than the previous season. Improving the team’s hitting, fielding, and mindset helped the Tornado earn the College’s first ever Tournament Championship since joining NCAA Division II and set a new team record in single season wins (34).
In just one year with King, McCall has seen four of his players earn All-Conference honors including two first team honorees, both freshmen in 2012. Four were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team after clinching the title, including Most Valuable Player and pitcher Hannah Light. Off of the field, McCall has helped set a high standard of academic expectations and saw six players named to the All-Academic team, last year.
Assisting with all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the CSU softball program, McCall helped lead the Lady Cougars to 37-16 record in 2010-11, a 16-win improvement from the previous season. He helped the team post a record of 12-8 in the Peach Belt Conference, finishing third in the regular season and advancing to the PBC Tournament.
McCall helped the Lady Cougars finish the year ranked in the top-3 of numerous conference offensive categories including batting average (.280, t-3rd), home runs (52, 2nd), hits (400, 3rd), and slugging percentage (.443, 3rd). The Lady Cougars pitching staff also ranked in the top half of the conference in several categories including earned run average (2.10, 4th), opponents’ batting average (.250, 5th), and strikeouts (239, 6th). During his time at Columbus State, McCall also coached two first team All-Peach Belt Conference players and one member of the Peach Belt All-Academic team.
Prior to CSU, McCall spent one season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Lamar County High School in Barnesville, Ga. assisting with all aspects of practice, scouting, and field maintenance. He helped lead the Trojans to the first round of the Georgia High School Association State Playoffs and a 17-11 record.
McCall was a four-year letter winner for the University of West Georgia baseball team and a member of the Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management in 2008 and received his Master of Business Administration in 2009, both from the University of West Georgia. He currently resides in Bristol (Tenn.).