Trevecca pulls new baseball coach from Major League scouting ranks

Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:23pm
Staff reports

After a two-month search, Trevecca Nazarene has a new head baseball coach.

On Thursday, the Trojans announced the hiring of Mike Lord, who most recently served as the Boston Red Sox international scouting coordinator.

The 54-year-old also has experience coaching at the Major League and college level and will lead Trevecca as it begins its transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. He will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at the university.

“Mike Lord is a great fit for Trevecca Nazarene University,” Trevecca president Dan Boone said. “As we make our transition into NCAA Division II, Mike’s professional expertise, Christian character, and devotion to the development of student athletes makes him the ideal leader. This is a very good day for Trevecca.”

Lord replaces Jonathan Burton, who left Trevecca in June after three years to become the head coach at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College.

Trevecca becomes Lord’s fifth collegiate head coaching stop. He has a 169-131 career record.

At his last school, Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, he was 63-30 over two years, which included a NCCAA World Series runner-up finish.  His other head coaching stints include San Diego Christian College, Claremont College and Westmont College, and he served as an assistant at Palomar College and Saddleback College.

The California native also spent nine years with the San Diego Padres as their batting practice pitcher and defensive positioning coach. He spent the last three years with the Red Sox and was in charge of scouting Mexico, Europe, South America, South Africa and the Caribbean.

He is the first hire made by Mark Elliott, who was named the school’s athletic director in July.

“Trevecca has a rich baseball history developed over the years by several great coaches. I am committed to doing all I can to uphold that tradition and also look forward to becoming part of the Nashville baseball community as a whole,” Lord said. “Athletically, Trevecca is creating some serious forward momentum. Dr. Boone and his administrative staff are moving full speed ahead with regards to NCAA Division II, and Mark Elliott was a great choice to lead the charge.

“He is a baseball guy who understands what it takes to get us to the next level. I also have to say I really like his first hire.”

Burton was 99-68 in three years with the Trojans, including a 39-28 mark in TranSouth Athletic Conference play.