Charles Henderson High School 2012 Baseball Coaches

Head Coach Derek Irons
Derek Irons enters his fourth year as head coach of CHHS baseball. In 2009, Irons led the Trojans to the Class 5A, Area 3 Championship, a 28-12 overall record and a quarter-final round visit to the playoffs. He was named The Messenger Coach of the Year. The 2010 team once again claimed the Area 3 title and finished with a record of 34-10. The team reached the 5A Semi-Finals and was ranked #1 in the final Alabama Sports Writers Association poll. Charles Henderson won the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament in each of those seasons. The 2011 Trojans advanced to the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season and were ranked in the top ten in each of the ASWA 5A baseball polls during the season. The Trojans have been ranked in every poll since the beginning of the 2007 season.

Irons came to Troy from Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, where he led his team to the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2007 and 2008. Irons was also named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Alabama Coach of the Year in 2008. Prior to Paul Bryant, he was the pitching coach at Shades Valley in Birmingham.

Irons was a catcher at Dora High School, then played first base for two years at Bevill State. He then obtained his undergraduate and masters' degrees from the University of Alabama before starting his coaching career.

During the 2010 season he reached the 100 win plateau in only 3 ½ seasons as a head coach. His career record is 137-68 (67% win percentage) and at CHHS is 81-34 (70% win percentage).

Irons and his wife Leslie have been married for four years and have two sons: Luke who is 2 and Alex who was born in September of 2011. They are members of First Baptist Church in Troy, and are currently involved in a project to supply clean water to the countries of Sudan and India. You can read more about the project here.


Assistant Coach Trent Givens
Trent Givens is in his third season as assistant coach for the CHHS varsity squad. Coach Givens came to Charles Henderson after a successful tenure as assistant varsity (2 years) and head junior varsity (3 years) softball coach at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, AL. While at TCHS, the varsity team won two area titles and reached the state finals in 2008 and 2009. The junior varsity also won two area titles.
Givens has served as hitting instructor for the University of Georgia softball camps from 2008 to the present.
Prior to coaching softball at TCHS, Givens spent four years (2002-2005) as an assistant varsity baseball coach at Tuscaloosa Academy. The Knights won multiple area titles and finished 3rd in the state in 2005.
Coach Givens has three degrees from the University of Alabama; M.A. in Secondary Education, Social Science (Aug. 2007), M.S. in Sport Management (Dec. 2004), and B.A. in Public Relations (May 2003). He is currently the 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Charles Henderson Middle School. Givens is married with two children. His wife, Somer, works at Troy University. Givens has three wonderful children; Miles (5), Matthew (4), and new addition Audrey. The Givens family are members at First Baptist Church, Troy.


Junior Varsity Head Coach Sam Kitchens
Sam Kitchens is the head coach of the CHHS junior varsity team and has held this position for the past five years. He is a graduate of Charles Henderson High School and Troy University. He has coaches youth baseball since 1974. He has previously won the National Youth Coach of the Year award. He has coached two Dixie Boys world series championship teams, one in 2004 and one in 2009. He and his wife Roxie have been married for 23 years. They have a son, LaBron, and a daughter, Samantha, who is a Freshman at Troy University. Sam and his family attend Bush Memorial Baptist Church.

Varsity Assistant Coaches Jeremy Jones and Brett Stallworth
Jeremy Jones begins his second year on staff for the Trojans. Jones coaches the outfielders and hitters. He is a 2005 graduate of Charles Henderson High School. He was a starter of the 2004 team that won the 5A state championship. Following his high school career, Jones played two years at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College for Coach Steve Helms. Following his time at LBW he spent two years at the University of Montevallo as a part of their baseball team. He completed his undergraduate degree from Montevallo in 2010 and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Troy University.

Brett Stallworth is in his third season as a part of the Charles Henderson baseball coaching staff. His first two seasons he assisted with the middle school program. With his help, the 2010 team finished with a record of 18-8. This season will be his first with the varsity and he will work with the pitchers. Coach Stallworth played under legendary Coach Chase Riddle at Troy State University from 1988 until 1990. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for fifteen years and have two children; Lacey who is 14, and Walker who is 8.