Assistant Baseball Coach
Assisting in all aspects of the day-to-day baseball operations at East Mississippi Community College, Michael Wallace begins his second season serving as the Lions’ recruiting coordinator and pitching coach.
In his debut season on Chris Rose’s East Mississippi coaching staff, Wallace was instrumental in the second-half turnaround of the Lions’ baseball fortunes a year ago as the EMCC hurlers collectively put together a solid season on the mound. With EMCC making the school’s first baseball playoff appearance since 2004 as well as posting the program’s best division mark (14-10) since 1998, the Lions’ pitching staff combined for an impressive 3.80 earned run average on the year. EMCC also ranked high among the 2011 NJCAA team statistical leaders in walks issued per game (2.30) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.09) for the season.
Wallace came to EMCC following a successful two-year coaching stint at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. While serving as USCB’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under the guidance of head coach Rick Sofield, Wallace helped lead the Sand Sharks to a two-year composite record of 72-36 during the first two seasons of the program’s existence. In 2010, USCB posted a 39-15 overall mark en route to earning a No. 2 regional seeding for the school’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA Baseball National Championship. In just their second year of competition, the 2010 Sand Sharks earned a runner-up finish in The Sun Conference regular-season standings and were ranked as high as 19th nationally in the NAIA coaches’ poll. In addition, Wallace’s 2010 USCB pitching staff ranked fourth nationally in walks allowed per game (2.04) and 14th in team earned run average (3.93).
A former left-handed pitcher at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., Wallace previously sandwiched two separate coaching stops at his alma mater around a three-year head coaching stint at his hometown Hickman County High School. Most recently at MMC as the program’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Wallace helped direct the 2008 RedHawks club to a school-best, semifinal-round berth in the regional tournament.
During his lone prep coaching experience to date, Wallace guided Hickman County High School to 37 total victories from 2005 through 2007 to rank among the most successful three-year spans in school history.
Wallace’s baseball coaching career began in 2003 at his college alma mater following a two-year playing career under the guidance of former Martin Methodist head baseball coach Jeff Dodson, who is now the head coach at the University of North Dakota. As a senior hurler at MMC, Wallace helped lead the 2003 RedHawks to a runner-up finish in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament, which led to a school-first team appearance in the regional tournament. While completing his undergraduate degree in childhood learning in the fall of 2003, Wallace was named on an interim basis to succeed Dodson as head baseball coach at Martin Methodist prior to staying onboard as MMC’s assistant baseball coach during the 2004 campaign.
Having played high school baseball for former major leaguer Mike Smithson in his hometown of Centerville, Tenn., Wallace has been working as a baseball coach and camp instructor for the Baseball Factory organization since 2008. Wallace’s collegiate baseball playing career began at Jackson State Community College in 2001 before he transferred to Martin Methodist.
The son of Tony and Vickie Wallace of Centerville, Tenn., Wallace has a younger brother, Marty, who recently graduated from the University of Tennessee.
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