returning combined with our highly-touted incoming freshman class, the excitement and energy levels are off the charts.”
Kimbrel’s association with Sprowl began when Shelton State’s veteran head coach and the now-retired Troy University head baseball coach Bobby Pierce were assistant coaches on Barry Shollenberger’s University of Alabama staff in the early1990s.
Kimbrel had previously received his first coaching job on Pierce’s Chipola Junior College staff a decade earlier and was invited to continue his education as a student assistant for the Crimson Tide during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
Following his valuable SEC experience with the Tide, Kimbrel remained in the Tuscaloosa area coaching in the high school ranks. He became the assistant head baseball coach at Tuscaloosa Academy before moving over to Holt High School as an assistant coach for the baseball and
football teams. Kimbrel then took a break from coaching and worked in sales for five years until he was welcomed back onto the baseball diamond as Sprowl’s assistant coach at Shelton State in 2004.
A native Floridian and 1982 Cocoa High School graduate, Kimbrel was privileged to spend two separate coaching stints under Pierce at Chipola Junior College in Marianna. As his coaching career was getting started, Kimbrel also gained valuable head coaching experience in his home state by guiding the 1988
Grand Ridge High School team to a school-first appearance in the state playoffs.
Having had the proud distinction of coaching with two Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famers and University of Alabama All-Century Team members in Sprowl and Pierce, Kimbrel was recognized as the 2008 ALABCA Assistant Coach of the Year when Shelton State went 49-19 and finished as national junior college runners-up to Grayson County (Texas) in Grand Junction, Colo.
Kimbrel is the father of two sons, Brett and Blake.
Rose, who was hired at East Mississippi in 2010 after spending the previous five seasons as head baseball coach at Meridian Community College, compiled an eight-year EMCC coaching record of 172-184. During his tenure on the Scooba campus, he guided the Lions to an MACJC North Division championship in 2014 followed by an MACJC state runner-up finish and NJCAA Region 23 tournament appearance the next year.