HARRISONBURG, Va. - Longtime Bridgewater College assistant baseball coach Ben Spotts has resigned his position to take the head coaching job at Eastern Mennonite University.
Spotts, a 1997 Bridgewater graduate, was a three-year starter for the Eagles' baseball team before joining head coach Curt Kendall's staff as an assistant coach. During his time wearing a BC uniform as a player and coach, Spotts was part of 469 victories and eight ODAC titles.
Spotts was also the baseball program's recruiting coordinator and was heavily involved with the team's hitters, outfielders and corner infielders. During his 14 seasons as an assistant, the Eagles won five ODAC titles and made six trips to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.
"Since recruiting Ben nearly 20 years ago, he has become one of the best baseball minds and assistant coaches in the game," Kendall said. "Ben has been an integral part of our program's success both as a player and as an assistant coach.
"We are very excited for him and the opportunity to put his mark on the EMU program. As we all know, our games with EMU will now become more challenging as I know he will take them to the next level."
Succeeding Spotts in the assistant coach's role will be former Bridgewater standout and former assistant coach Scott Hearn.
Hearn, a 2003 graduate, will rejoin the coaching staff following a one-year absence.
During his playing career, Hearn was a four-time All-ODAC selection – three times on first team and once on the second team. He finished his playing career as the College's all-time leader in hits (235), runs batted in (165), doubles (54), extra base hits (87), and total bases (376).
Following his playing career, Hearn coached one year at Old Dominion University. He joined the Bridgewater staff for the 2008 season and coached through the 2011 season.
"Scott was an outstanding baseball player for us and graduated with many offensive records," Kendall said. "Scott was an excellent assistant for four years before stepping away to finish his Master's degree at Liberty University. His return to the program will allow for a smooth transition in Ben's departure."