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After spending eight seasons in professional baseball with four Major League organizations, Brad Coon is entering his first year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lipscomb Bisons on Jeff Forehand’s staff.
Coon was a centerfield standout for Forehand at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2004-05 and was named the TranSouth Athletic Conference and NAIA Region XI Player of the Year in 2005. As a senior Coon hit .377 with four homeruns, 42 RBIs and stole 51-of-55 bases. For his career Coon swiped 96 of his 106 stolen base attempts, setting the school’s career mark in both categories.
The NAIA All-American outfielder was selected in the 15th round (463rd overall) by the Anaheim Angels of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. He is this highest draft pick and one of only eight players to ever be drafted out of Trevecca.
Coon spent six years inside the Angels organization, reaching as high as Triple-A.
The 22 year old’s pro debut was with the rookie level Orem Owlz, where he started his career posting a .300/.381/.359 line with 19 stolen bases in 61 games in helping lead the Owlz to the Pioneer League Championship in 2005.
In his next season with the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, Coon led the Midwest League and was fourth in the minors with 55 stolen bases. He also finished fourth in the MWL with 79 runs scored.
In 2007, Coon spent time between High-A and Double-A where his smacked his first four professional homeruns and was selected to the California League All-Star game after ranking among the California League leaders in stolen bases. He led the entire Angels organization in swipes that season.
Coon primarily spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at the Triple-A level with the Salt Lake Bees before being released early in 2010 from the Angels. He spent the remainder of the 2010 season playing for the Washington Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators, where he hit a career-high six homeruns.
In 2011 Coon moved closer to home and split the season between Double-A and Triple-A inside the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
At the age of 29, Coon signed his final professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rays where he was assigned to Double-A Montgomery.
Coon also played four years of Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
A graduate of Eastlake North High School in Eastlake, Ohio., Coon attended Lakeland Community College in Coles County, Ill. where he was an All-Region and two-time All-Conference selection before transferring to Trevecca.
Coon is married to former Trevecca women’s basketball player Candice McCool. The two have been married for five years and live in Nolensville, Tenn. where they have one daughter, Harper (2).