BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head softball coach Jenn Testa has concluded her search for an assistant coach following the departure of Travis McCall who took the head coaching position at Coker College. Joining Testa in the third base dugout this season will be Jake Cockerham, who is no stranger to King athletics.
Cockerham came to King as a student following two years at Miami University Hamilton where he played baseball, winning a pair of Ohio Regional Campus Conference titles. He was twice named all-conference and holds the single season records for hits and runs scored, both coming during the 2006 season. He then came to King, where he helped the Tornado eclipse the 30-win plateau, qualifying for the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament in both 2007 and 2008.
"I am very excited to be named the next assistant softball coach at King University," Cockerham said. "I would like to thank coach Jenn Testa and athletic director David Hicks for this opportunity and for their faith in me as a coach and person. I hope to help the softball program continue to represent King well on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. My expectations for myself and for the program are extremely high."
Following his playing career, Cockerham joined the Tornado staff, volunteering for two years before current head coach Blaine Brown brought him on staff in a part-time role in 2011. Over the past three years, Cockerham has coached the Tornado hitters and infielders, helping the Tornado to a pair of 30-win seasons and back-to-back Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up finishes. Under Cockerham's tutelage, the Tornado posted a .299 batting average with 118 home runs, 489 extra base hits, scored 1,008 runs and stole 243 bases.
Along with his coaching duties at King, Cockerham coached baseball at Patrick Henry High School, leading them to an overall record of 11-10. He also led Patrick Henry to a second place finish in the Hogoheegee District, along with five individuals being named all-district. In 2012, he served as the coach of the Cheviot Patriots of the Southern Ohio Valley Collegiate League. He led the Patriots to a SOVCL title in his lone season with the club.
"We are extremely excited to add Jake to the King softball family," Testa commented. "He has shown great dedication and passion for this University in his time as both a student-athlete and assistant baseball coach. I truly feel that he brings valuable knowledge and experience that will help me continue to build on the strong foundation that has been laid. Our goal as a program each and every year is to be a conference, regional and national competitor, and I feel like Jake is a great addition to help keep us there."
His first day will be Friday, August 1.