Charles Henderson High School 2013 Baseball Coaches

Varsity Head Coach Derek Irons
Derek Irons enters his fifth 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. Last season the Trojans once again claimed the 5A, Area 3 title and also won the Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament. Nine Trojans have been named to the ASWA All-State team during Irons’ four years in Troy, while ten have gone on to play baseball in college. 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 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 164-79 (67% win percentage) and at CHHS is 108-45 (71% win percentage).

Irons and his wife Leslie have been married for five years and have two sons: Luke who is 3 and Alex who is 1. They are members of First Baptist Church in Troy, where Derek serves as a deacon. The Irons’ are currently involved in a project to supply clean water to the countries of Sudan and India that has raised nearly $17,000. You can read more about the project here.

Varsity Assistant Coach Jonathan Jordan
Jonathan Jordan is in his first year as an assistant coach of the CHHS varsity team. He is a graduate of Highland Home High School and Auburn Montgomery where he obtained a degree in childhood education. Jonathan has taught 5th grade at Troy Elementary School since 2008. He and his wife Lindsay have been married for 3 years and are expecting their first child in March. The Jordans are members at South Luverne Baptist Church in Luverne.

Varsity Assistant Coach Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is in his first year as assistant coach for Charles Henderson High School Varsity Baseball and teaching U.S. and World History. Coach Lee joins CHHS from Cullman High School in Cullman, Al, where he was head softball coach for two years. While at Cullman, Lee led the varsity team to the state playoffs both years. He was also assistant volleyball coach for Cullman.
Lee is a graduate of Cullman High School where he played middle infield for the CHS baseball team, earning one state championship title in 2002. He also played middle infield at Wallace State, Hanceville, earning unprecedented back to back state championships in 2005 and 2006, and trips to the Junior College World Series, finishing 3rd in the nation both years.
After completing WSCC, Lee continued with his education, obtaining a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Science from the University of Alabama.

Varsity Pitching Coach Brett Stallworth
Brett Stallworth is in his fourth season as a part of the Charles Henderson baseball coaching staff and his second year as the Varsity pitching coach. 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 sixteen years and have two children; Lacey who is 15, and Walker who is 9.

JV Head Coach Sam Kitchens
Sam Kitchens is the head coach of the CHHS junior varsity team and has held this position for the past six years. He is a graduate of Charles Henderson High School and Troy University. He has coached 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 24 years. They have a son, LaBron, and a daughter, Samantha, who is a sophomore at Troy University. Sam and his family attend Bush Memorial Baptist Church.

JV Assistant Coach Seth Graham
Seth Graham enters his second season has the Junior Varsity assistant coach. He is originally from Vernon, AL and a 2006 graduate of Lamar County High School. Coach Graham played one year of college baseball at Concordia College before suffering an arm injury. He previously spent three years as a student coach under Troy University Softball head coach, Melanie Davis. Coach Graham took a break in coaching with a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom with the United States Coast Guard from 2009-2010. He is currently engaged to Andrea Kenknight from Helena, AL, and plans to be married in September.

Freshmen Team Head Coach Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones begins his third year on staff for the Trojans and his first as the head coach of the middle school team. 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.

Freshmen Team Assistant Coach Colby Thomley
Colby Thomley is entering his second season with the Charles Henderson baseball program, both being with the middle school program. He is a 2009 graduate of Wicksburg High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football. He is currently getting his Bachelor’s Degree in social science at Troy University before getting his Master’s Degree. He plans on graduating in the Spring of 2014.