MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Head coach Jim Toman and the Central Tennessee Baseball Team welcomes volunteer assistant coaches Forrest Arnold to the Blue Raider coaching staff. Arnold will train first base and will help train pitchers for the rest of the 2021 season. Arnold will also be the team’s camp director and oversee the stadium and managers.
Arnold joins the Blue Raiders after spending the last two seasons at Savannah State University where he served as the team’s pitch coach. During the 2021 season, Arnold’s staff had a 4.40-team earned running average including six players with a sub-three ERA. The Tigers ended the regular season 13-5 and were selected as the No. 1 seed in the very first Black College World Series at D-II level.
Prior to Savannah State, Arnold served as Assistant Coach / Pitching Coach at the University of South Carolina Union from 2018-2020 and was also the head coach of the Litchfield Dolphins in the Beach Collegiate Baseball Summer League in 2019. The Dolphins won the BCBL Championship 2019 in 2019 and Arnold was named this year’s BCBL coach for 2019.
Arnold attended Coker University, where he was a pitcher for the Cobras. In his four-year career at Coker, Arnold started 42 starts in 64 appearances and threw 245 innings for the Cobras from 2014-2017. Arnold had a career-high 3.99 ERA and was named this week’s Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Pitcher twice during the senior season. The right-hander of 6 feet 8 cm also sent an impressive 50:19 strike-to-walk ratio in 2017.
Arnold will replace Lukas Ray, who held the same position. Ray got a job at the San Diego Padres organization earlier this month.
“We want to volunteer coach Lukas Ray’s success with the San Diego Padres organization and appreciate his outstanding work with our program,” said Toman.