STEPHEN WAGGENER | ASSISTANT COACH
Stephen Waggener, a member of the American baseball Coaches Association, enters his sixth season as an assistant coach on the Delta State University coaching staff. Waggener comes to Delta State from the University of Indianapolis where he was an assistant for head coach Gary Vaught.
Waggener, a 2004 graduate of the University of West Alabama with a degree in business administration, lettered two years for head coach Gary Rundles and the Tigers. The Madison native played two years at Holmes (Miss.) Community College before transferring to UWA. He also earned a master’s degree in sports science from United States Sports Academy in 2007.
While at UWA, Waggener was named Team Captain in 2004 and helped the Tigers advance to the postseason for the first time since 1995. No slouch off the field either, Waggener was President of Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society, and he garnered several other academic accolades including National Dean’s List and National Chancellor’s List. He was also named to Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities.
After a stellar collegiate career, Waggener began his career as a graduate assistant for coach Rundles in 2004-2005 at West Alabama. After one season as a coach at UWA, Waggener moved to Southeast Missouri State as a volunteer assistant for the 2005-2006 season, and 2006-2008 spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Indianapolis Greyhounds.
Stephen and his wife, Brittany, reside in Cleveland.
ERIC PATTEN | ASSISTANT COACH
Eric Patten enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Delta State Baseball progam after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Jones County Junior College.
The Cedar Hill, Texas, native assisted fomer Statesmen Christian Ostrander working with the infielders, hitting instructor and directing the base running. The Bobcats went 46-11 this past season, advancing to the NJCAA Region 23 Championship game.
Prior to joining the staff at JCJC, Patten spent three years as an assistant coach at Gulfport High School. At GHS, Patten was the program’s hitting and infield instructor.
This is Patten’s second stint as a coach on the Statesman staff. During the 2006 (37- 17) and 2007 (45-16) seasons, Patten served as a graduate assistant coach, where he handled first base coaching duties.
Patten graduated from Delta State with his bachelor’s degree in general studies with a minor in business in May of 2005. A year later, he earned his master’s degree in secondary education from DSU.
Patten was a key component on Delta State’s 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship team that went 54-11 and defeated Grand Valley State 12-8 in the title tilt at Patterson Field in Montgomery, Alabama. The three-time All-Gulf South Conference and two-time American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region selection helped lead the Statesmen to a 208-39 record during his four years at shortstop while capturing the 2003 and 2004 GSC titles. DSU also claimed four-straight GSC West Division crowns, three NCAA South Region titles and made three trips to the NCAA Division II College World Series in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
The slick-fielding shortstop appears throughout the career and single season record book for the Statesmen after batting .333 with 274 hits, 37 doubles, 11 triples, 15 home runs and 135 RBIs. He also swiped 42 career bases and walked 108 times. Patten also had 874 career chances at short with 568 assists and only 40 errors in 218 games played.
Patten married Britni Geddie of Ellisville, Mississippi, on January 3, 2015. Patten has one daughter Reese.
JONATHAN MOODY | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
Jonathan Moody enters his second season with Delta State University baseball program as a graduate assistant coach working with the pitchers.
Moody was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference selection for the Statesmen from 2014-2015. The Millington, Tenn., 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.
In 2016, 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 in 2015 with a degree in social sciences and is currently seeking a Master's degree in business administration.
MATT BARRETT | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
Matt Barrett is in his first season as a graduate assistant with the Delta State University baseball program working with the outfielders.
The Nashville, Tenn., native played four seasons as a catcher for the Statesmen, playing in 81 games with 51 starts. Barrett finished his career hitting .250 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 38 RBIs. In 2015, Barrett hit .327 with five home runs and 22 RBIs while playing in 35 games with 25 starts at catcher/designated hitter.
Barrett graduated from Delta State in May, 2016 with a degree in exercise science and is currently seeking a Master's degree in sports management.
LUKE STANLEY | STUDENT ASSISTANT COACH
Luke Stanley is in his first season as a graduate assistant with the Delta State University baseball program, assisting with the Statesmen infielders.
The Oxford, Miss., native played two seasons for the Statesmen after transferring from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Stanley played in 15 games with three starts his senior year and saw action in 25 career games at shortstop and second base.
In two seasons with Northeast Mississippi, Stanley was a First-Team MJCAA All-State selection and earned a Region 23 Gold Glove award at shortstop. Stanley hit .327 with four doubles, two triples, one home run, 29 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 43 games as sophomore.
PERRY HARRIS | DIRECTOR OF OPEARTIONS
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