Lon Morris Baseball: Chase Tidwell

41 Chase Tidwell
Position: Head Coach
Profile: Chase Tidwell enters his first season (13th overall) at Lon Morris College in 2012. He became the Head Coach on July 1, 2011 and comes to Jacksonville from New Mexico State University, where he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from June 2007-June 2011.

While at NMSU, Tidwell garnered national recognition on the recruiting trail upgrading the NMSU talent level from a team that won 19 games in 2007 to a program that won 142 games (35.5 per year) in his four year span. Tidwell has become synonymous for turning programs around and quickly and states that his biggest challenge may be at LMC building the Bearcat baseball program into a perennial playoff contender. “We have won everywhere that we have been and it will not be any different here at Lon Morris. There are some different challenges here and it may take us a while with some trial and error, but we will find a way and we will win here!”

Coach Tidwell graduated from Asher (OK) High School in 1994. He was an All-State selection his senior year and was the starting catcher on four State Championship teams and played for the legendary Murl Bowen who is the winningest coach in the history of high school baseball (3100+ wins and 44 State Championships).

Tidwell played at Laredo Community College in 1996 and 1997 and was an All-Conference selection in 1997 when he slammed 13 homeruns and drove in 68 runs. After his playing days at LCC, Tidwell played Division I baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. In his senior season (1999), he led the nation in fielding percentage (1.000) as a catcher and helped lead the Lions to their first Southland Conference tournament appearance.

After completing his playing career, Tidwell spent two years (2000, 2001) as the volunteer assistant at SLU. During the summer of 2000, Tidwell coached the Bill Hood Broncos to a 49-13 record and a fourth place finish at the NABF National Tournament in Wilmington, DE. He then spent a season as an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, OK in 2002 before returning to Laredo Community College as an assistant coach in August of 2002.

In his three years at the helm at Laredo Community College, Tidwell coached two NJCAA All-Americans, four NJCAA All-Region players, and 10 All-Conference players. In his career he has had twelve players chosen in the MLB draft and has helped 33 junior college players under him sign scholarships at four year universities, including 11 Division I players.

On coaching at LMC, Tidwell states: “I am very appreciative and excited for the opportunity to coach here at Lon Morris College. I will enjoy getting back to the small school, small town, and its people. I look forward to getting back where everybody is on the same page with one goal in mind, and that is working hard and doing everything you can to get better every day.

Coach Tidwell and his wife, Lorena have a daughter, Kyndall and they reside in Jacksonville.