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Brandon Reeder enters his third season as the Head Coach of the ABAC Baseball program.

The Stallions finished regular season play in 2016 with 26 wins, good for a 3rd place finish in the GCAA conference, and they advanced to the GCAA conference tournament for the third season in a row.

Reeder’s 2016 roster was led by three GCAA All-Conference selections, outfielder Caleb Slaughter, shortstop Blake Jackson, and freshman closer Austin Guest. The Stallions lineup was filled with homerun power, hitting 38 homeruns on the season compared to hitting only 6 the year before. Their 27 homeruns in conference play led the GCAA, while the pitching staff surrendered the fewest walks and earned runs in the conference, boasting the best strikeout to walk ratio.

Eight Stallions moved on to play from the 2016 team:

Blake Jackson- Georgia Southern University
Blake Suggs- Emmanuel College
Brandon Robinson- Columbus State University
Caleb Slaughter- Armstrong State University
Cooper Mayhall- Kennesaw State University
Hunter Caudelle- Armstrong State University
Joseph Watson- University of West Georgia
Matthew Meeks- Armstrong State University

The 2015 season saw the Stallions improve in wins as well as many offensive and defensive statistical categories from the year before. They finished with 27 wins, good for 4th place in the conference, and advanced to the GCAA Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

Reeder led a 2015 roster that earned several postseason accolades. The Stallions had two GCAA All-Conference selections in freshman outfielder Caleb Slaughter and sophomore third-baseman Jacob Baxter. Slaughter was also named to the East Central All-District Team. Freshman center fielder Nick Higginbotham earned a GCAA Conference Gold Glove, East Central District Gold Glove, and an NJCAA ABCA/Rawlings National Gold Glove Award®. Freshman Pitcher Cooper Mayhall earned NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week honors when he tossed a no-hitter versus conference opponent East Georgia State College on March 27th. The Stallions also had two GCAA Conference All-Tournament selections in sophomore shortstop Cole Janousek and freshman catcher Guner Sellers.

Eight Stallions moved on to play from the 2015 team:

Cole Janousek- Augusta University
Ryan Lawless- Armstrong State University
Jacob Baxter- Armstrong State University
Luke Miller- Young Harris College
Chris McGinnis- Young Harris College
Will Bagwell- Georgia College and State University
Cole Bruce- Savannah State University
Turner Edwards- University of West Georgia

Prior to joining the Stallions, Reeder played four years under head coach Bryan McLain at NCAA Division II member Georgia Southwestern. He holds the school record for relief appearances in a career with 89, and that mark is sixth in Peach Belt Conference history. He helped lead the Hurricanes to a runner-up finish in the Peach Belt Conference tournament in his senior season.

Reeder earned his Master’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Kinesiology. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Recreation and has earned his teacher certification in mathematics.

A native of Nashville, GA, Reeder graduated from Tiftarea Academy, where he was a member of the 2006 State Champion Panther baseball team. He currently resides in Tifton.

 

 

Dobbs Named ABAC Assistant Baseball Coach
ABAC Head Baseball Coach Brandon Reeder has announced the hiring of Aaron Dobbs as his assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. He will serve as the Stallions hitting coach and work with the infielders. Dobbs comes to ABAC after a four-year stint coaching travel baseball with 5 Star National in Warner Robins, GA.
“It’s good to have a coach of Aaron’s caliber come on board to help us continue to build momentum with our baseball program,” Reeder said. “He has some great relationships with coaches around the Southeast that will really benefit us from a recruiting standpoint.”
In his tenure with 5 Star National, which was formerly known as Chain Baseball, Dobbs coached nearly 100 players who went on to sign with NCAA Division I schools, and 9 MLB Draft Picks.
“I’m ready to get started,” Dobbs said. “Everyone that I’ve met so far at ABAC has been very nice and welcoming, the campus is very nice, this place has everything to offer. I’m excited to be a Stallion and eager to work toward the goal of winning a conference championship.”
Dobbs finished his collegiate baseball playing career with two seasons at Division I Kennesaw State University after playing two years of Junior College baseball at Gordon State College.
He earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference in both seasons at KSU, his junior season as an outfielder, and his senior season as a third baseman. He was also named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team after leading the Owls to the A-Sun title game.
Dobbs set the school single season record for games played, walks, and triples while at Gordon State College his sophomore season. He finished his career at Gordon with a .338 batting average and led the team in stolen bases with 49 in 2010.
“I’ve known Aaron for a long time he brings a lot to the table by way of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm,” Reeder said. “Our players will benefit greatly from having him around every day.”

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Coach Brandon Reeder

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Assistant Coach Aaron Dobbs