Sain Leads Trevecca to New Heights
Former Bolivar Central Baseball player Chase Sain was named the Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year for 2021, after leading the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans to the conference regular season and tournament championships in his first year as head coach. Sain’s squad continued on to win their region and gained the school’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II College World Series.
Although his team bowed out in two games at the World Series, his team ended 28-10.
“It was interesting. I was ready to be a head coach, but with COVID, it was a challenge. We couldn’t plan anything. We missed six weeks in the fall. We would plan a scrimmage, but it would get shut down. We kept the players out of the weight room, because it was too risky. We didn’t have a locker room all year,” he said. “Our team knew it might end at any time, so we tried to enjoy every minute.”
Looking to next year, Sain said most of the offense will return, but they are losing the #1 and #2 starters.
“I’m concerned about that. But we have a grad transfer coming in and our #3 and #4 will get a chance as well,” he said, adding that the lessons learned this year will be remembered. “I’m not going to change the fun we try to have with the players.”
Sain said his team was unique in its work ethic.
“One week, we played five games in four days. I tried to give them some days off, but they seemed disappointed to take the time. It was a really good group of guys who loved being together,” he said.
Before joining the Trojan coaching staff, Sain was an assistant at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sain also served on the staff at Middle Tennessee State University, coached in the Cape Cod League as the hitting coach for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, and coached at Victory University, as well as a student-assistant coach for Head Coach Daron Schoenrock at the University of Memphis for two seasons.
Sain graduated from Memphis with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in August 2013.
Photo courtesy of Trevecca Nazarene.