Tyler Poole is entering his second year at FACS and 6th overall.
In his first year with the Crusaders, he led the team to a 20-8 overall record, which set single season record for wins (16 previously). The Crusaders went from 0 district wins to 8, from last place in the district to tied for second. The Crusaders had 7 All District and 5 All region performers. Three seniors signed collegiate baseball scholarships, one at the Division 1 level. The program set new records for wins in a single season, runs scored, home runs, hits, ERA, strike outs, no hitters, and attendance.
Before becoming the Head Coach for the Crusaders, Poole was the Associate Head Coach at Mississippi power house New Hope High School. Coach Poole was in charge of the hitters, outfielders, base running, and the weight room, as well as many other aspects in the program. Coach Poole was a part of the 2014 5A State Championship staff that went 32-4 and finished nationally ranked at #20 by Baseball America. Coach Poole also served as the Head Freshman Baseball coach at his Alma Mater Arlington High School for one year. During his time with the Trojans and Tigers, they sent 37 players to the collegiate level, including 8 at the Division I level. Since that time, 2 of those players have had the honor of hearing their name called in the MLB Draft. In 2016, Poole had the honor of being selected to help coach the NEMCABB All Star team in Corinth,MS. In 2017, Poole was selected to be one of the three Private School Coaches in the Public vs Private All Star Game at USA Stadium in Millington.
A native of the Memphis area, Poole attended high school at Arlington and was a four-year starter for the Tigers. During his tenure, he was a part of the first team to make it to Murfreesboro for the State Tournament. Poole still ranks among the schools best for triples in a single season and triples in a career. During his career at Arlington, he had the chance to build the program from the ground up. In 2004, his freshman season, the Tigers played an all road schedule due to The Ball Park at Arlington not being completed in time for the season. HIs sophomore year the Tigers played a Varsity district schedule with only Freshman and Sophomores. During his junior year the program made a turn in the right direction and by his final season at Arlington, they made the State Tournament.
After graduation Poole attended Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, in 2014, with a 3.6 GPA. He worked with the Bulldog baseball team and coaches such as John Cohen, Butch Thompson, Lane Burroughs, Nick Mingione, and Jake Wells, helping to run summer camps. After leaving Mississippi State Poole went on to graduate with honors from Arkansas State University with a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration in 2016. Coach Poole and his wife Brittany have one son, Paxton Hogue Poole and three Siberian Huskies, Nola, Kya, and Leo. They reside in Oakland, TN.
2018: 20-8 (8-4), T-2nd in District
Associate Head Coach Jonathan Moody
Jonathan Moody enters his third year as a pitching coach, and his second with the FACS staff. Moody comes from Delta State University where he played two seasons under head coach Mike Kinnison. He then went on to take a coaching role under Kinnison in which he served two years as the pitching coach. The Statesmen went on to win back-to-back Gulf South Conference championships in 2016 and 2017. The 2017 team accomplished the feat of winning the South Regional Tournament to advance to the College World Series. During his time at Delta State, two pitchers were drafted into the MLB draft and one was selected as free agent and they continue to progress throughout the minor leagues.
Moody was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference selection for the Statesmen from 2014-2015. The Millington, TN native posted a 14-5 career record with a 3.53 ERA, 137 strikeouts and 38 walks in two seasons. Moody went 9-4 in 2014 and 5-2 in 2015, helping the Statesmen to a pair of GSC Tournament runner-up finishes and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division II South Region. Moody was selected 4 times as Conference pitcher of the week during his playing career at Delta State. In 2016, the Statesmen pitching staff had a 2.53 strikeout-to-walk ratio while starting pitchers averaged 6.2 innings per start. The Statesmen posted a 3.56 era with a 418 strikeouts and 165 walks in 488.0 innings pitched. Juniors Dalton Moats and Tre Hobbs earned All-GSC, All-South Region and All-American honors while posting a combined 25-5 overall record. Moats led the Statesmen and the GSC with 115 strikeouts while Hobbs was named the GSC Pitcher of the Year, ABCA, CCA and NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year.
Moody graduated from Delta State with a Bachelors degree in Social Science and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Coach Moody and his wife Kara, welcomed their baby girl to the FACS family in January. They currently live in Lakeland, TN.
Meet Our Junior High Coaches
Head Coach Matthew Mills
Matthew Mills is in his first season as the Head Junior High baseball coach and assistant varsity coach for FACS
Prior to FACS, he coached at Christian Brothers University as a student assistant coach assisting with the pitchers, hitters, and catchers.
The Memphis native played two seasons for Christian Brothers University pitching in 32 games. Prior to enrolling at CBU, he pitched for two years at Southwest Tennessee Community College, where he was both a starter and a reliever, earning TJCCAA Pitcher of the Week twice.
Mills is also a coach for the East Coast Sox competitive baseball organization, and was an assistant coach of the championship team that won the 2017 15u WWBA tournament in Emerson, Georgia.
Assistant Coach Nathan Carter
Nathan is in his second year with the Crusader Baseball Staff. Carter went to FACS and lettered in both football and baseball graduating in 2017. He started his freshman through Junior year before having to sit out his Senior year due to shoulder surgery. Carter also played summer ball for the Memphis Tigers Organization. Carter signed with the University of Memphis out of High School before having to hang up his cleats due to another shoulder injury. His senior year he helped call pitches for the Crusaders.
He attends the Life Church of Memphis.
The Crusader Junior High team is not directly affiliated with First Assembly Christian School. Our coaching staff is not employed by the school and not all athletes are enrolled at FACS.