Skyhawk Baseball | Eric Ebers - Assistant Coach
Eric Ebers, who served as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2011, has returned to the Skyhawk program as an assistant coach.
Ebers has spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Delta State, an NCAA Division-II university located in Cleveland, Miss.
In Ebers’ two-year tenure at Delta State, the Statesmen generated a 93-26-1 record with a 36-11-1 mark against Gulf South Conference opponents under head coach Mike Kinnison. Delta State finished as national runner-up in the College World Series in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament South Regional this past spring after spending 10 weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation in the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s poll.
Ebers coached five All-Americans and four Major League Baseball draft picks (Brandon Hardin, Aaron Newcomb, James Hudelson, Garrett Pickens) at Delta State.
Ebers’ lone season at UT Martin ranked as one of the best in the program’s Division-I history. He helped guide the Skyhawks to their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance since 1996, as well as the first-ever OVC Tournament victory in program history.
Before joining UT Martin in 2011, Ebers was head coach of the Niagara Power, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes affiliated squad who competed in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. He was appointed to that post in the summer of 2010 after one season as the team’s pitching coach.
Ebers was the varsity pitching coach and junior varsity head coach at Columbus High School in Columbus, Miss., guiding his squad to a 2009 conference championship. Ebers also had one-year stints as pitching coach at Ackerman High School in Ackerman, Miss. and Steeleville High School in Steeleville, Ill. – his alma mater.
At Steeleville High School, Ebers was a four-year letterman under coach John Sutton. As a senior in 2001, he went 7-1 on the mound with a 1.56 Earned Run Average and 95 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.
Ebers’ stellar prep career led him to John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. It was there where he became one of the nation’s best pitchers in the junior college ranks playing for longtime coach Jerry Halstead. In two years at John A. Logan, he compiled a 17-8 record with a 2.73 ERA and 158 strikeouts and made two postseason appearances.
In 2002, Ebers helped the Volunteers to a seventh-place finish at the Junior College World Series by posting a 9-4 record and a staff-best 1.42 season ERA, which ranked second in the country. For his efforts, he was named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year after leading John A. Logan to a 37-win season.
Ebers then transferred to continue his baseball career at Mississippi State, where the southpaw played under legendary coach Ron Polk. As a Bulldog, Ebers was a two-time Southeastern Conference academic team honor roll selection and was a part of Mississippi State’s 2005 SEC Tournament championship squad. He went 2-1 in his two seasons in Starkville, throwing 47 1/3 innings over 18 appearances.
After his collegiate playing days were over, Ebers pitched professionally for the Gateway Grizzlies and River City Rascals (both of the Frontier League), Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League), Lincoln Saltdogs and El Paso Diablos (members of the American Association) for parts of three seasons before landing his first coaching job in the spring of 2006.
Ebers is married to the former Katie Leech from Jackson, Miss., who is a veterinarian.