Patrick McCarthy has turned the baseball program in to one of the nation's elite. His Eagles won the 2013 NAIA World Series and he won numerous national coach of he year honors. He's taken the Eagles the the NAIA national tournament four times, with World Series appearances in 2011 and last season, when Faulkner raced through the double-elimination event undefeated en route to the program's first-ever NAIA national championship. Faulkner has posted a record of 191-60 under his leadership.
Before coming to Faulkner he was the head coach at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. McCarthy had five winning seasons as head coach and compiled an overall record of 158-108 (.594) and was 58-47 in the TranSouth Conference.
Shep Mularz was a graduate assistant for the Eagles from 2002-2004 and rejoined the team as an assistant in 2008, having been a part of the staff that has guided Faulkner to a pair of NAIA World Series appearances and the 2013 national championship.
He also served as an assistant coach for Ronnie Elmore at Montgomery Academy in 2003. That season Montgomery Academy made it to the state championship series at Paterson Field.
He played for Sonney Vandervander at Jeff Davis High School, where he won the Sportsmanship Award in 1995 and the Gold Glove Award in 1996. Following his senior year with the Volunteers, Mularz was selected to the all-state and all-metro teams and was the all-metro Player of the Year. Before transferring to Faulkner he played for coach Rudy Abbott for two season at Jacksonville State University.
Mularz and his wife Megan were married in 2010.
Travis Watson is entering his fourh season as an assistant for the baseball program, with his keen recruiting talents having played a key role in the Eagles' 2013 NAIA national championship.
Prior to joining the Eagles, he spent seven years at Lee University, where he established himself as one of the top recruiters in the NAIA. While with the Flames, Watson helped lead five teams to the World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
In addition to hitting, he will work primarily with the hitters and infielders and well serve as the first base coach.
Watson played baseball for Roane State Community College, Tennessee-Martin and Mobile.
Watson coached at Hiwassee College and Middle Tennessee State. In that time he helped produce 12 All-Americans, eight of which were first team selections. Fifteen of his former athletes went on to play professionally.
Watson is a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., and he and his wife Eleanor have two children - a daughter, Leah, age 8, and a son, Brody, age 4.