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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.

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