CCS baseball, golf coaching changes highlighted by state champ Turner at helm

Concord Christian School’s new coaching hires in baseball and golf center around a proven winner who has earned a state championship.

Mitch Turner, hired as Lions baseball and golf head coach — along with hiring his three assistant coaches — was a highly successful baseball head coach at Grace Christian Academy from 2014 through 2018.

He lead the Rams to four TSSAA state tournaments, with one ending in a state championship (2015) and two others ending as state runners-up. He also led GCA to five district crowns and three region titles.

Most recently, from 2019 through 2021, Turner was head coach at The King’s Academy, leading his 2021 team to a 21-18 overall record and fifth-place state finish.

An avid and talented golfer for more than 30 years, Turner played high school golf at Bearden, but chose to play baseball in college. He is on the Ambassadors Committee at Gettysvue Country Club and recently was invited to play in the U.S. Open Qualifier.

“My walk with Christ is at the core of everything I do, both on and off the field,” he said. “I coach my players the same way I teach my own children: with discipline, attention to detail and unconditional love. Ask my children or any of my former players, and they will tell you my love for them has never been measured by their stats in a game or their grades on a report card.

“I am excited to be joining the Concord community,” he added. “I love to build and see things grow, and I love to watch young men develop into disciples that will share the Gospel with the world.”

Colton Sweet and Tanner Fee join former CCS baseball head coach Shane Mynatt as assistant coaches.

Sweet, a Hendersonville native who graduated from Goodpasture Christian School in 2012, was a part of that school’s 2012 state championship baseball team. He played at the collegiate level as a pitcher at Bethel University.

He has coached at Grace Christian Academy and with Pro-Hitting (Knoxville), Next Level (Nashville) and Tennessee Nationals (Knoxville).

“Life is a lot like baseball: win some, lose some, but you should never lose faith in your teammates, coaches, yourself and, most importantly, in God,” Sweet said. “Student athletes live for ‘wins,’ and I try to show them that it’s not the win or loss, but the lessons learned that are most important. Having faith is the basis for everything.”

Fee’s high school baseball accolades at Grace Christian featured being named 2015 Player of the Year in Class A by Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association as a star pitcher with a 0.69 ERA, 113 strike outs, 11-2 record and two saves, one of which resulted in a state championship. He also was All-State, All-Region, All-District — all in 2014 and 2015.

Fee has coached at Brett Carroll Academy and The King’s Academy, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

“My mission is to provide leadership and mentoring, spiritually and athletically, to young athletes in the same manner that I was awarded in my high school career,” he said. “I take pride in the process, knowing that what I do in the process will lead me to be the best example for the Lord on the field.”

Mynatt, a four-year, three-sport letterman at Fulton in football, basketball and baseball, continued his athletic career at Carson-Newman University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.