Danny Higginbotham – Head Coach
Danny Higginbotham is entering his second season as Head Coach and his fifth in the Coastal Plain League.
Last season, Higginbotham led the Bacon to a second place finish in the south division and a bid to the divisional round of the playoffs. He oversaw the success of four players including Jordan Dubberly and Andres Perez who were selected to the CPL Select Team that played an exhibition game against Team USA. Higginbotham also earned a selection to be an Assistant Coach but was unable to coach in the game because one of his current players (Josh Falk, South Dakota State) was chosen to participate. Per NCAA rules, summer league coaches are not permitted to coach player’s during the summer season from the same school in which they coach for the fall/spring. Riley King and James Williams were both CPL All Stars and All CPL Second Team selections as well.
Higginbotham spent the previous two seasons at the helm of the Martinsville Mustangs. He spent the 2015 season as the Pitching Coach for the Morehead City Marlins.
Currently, Higginbotham is his second year as an Assistant Coach at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. At SDSU he works with the catchers and the hitters along with the coordination of camps. Prior to SDSU, he was an Assistant Coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. At ICCC he worked with the catchers and hitters on a daily basis. During that season at ICCC, the Tritons went (38-16) and were Region 11 Champions. Before joining the ICCC staff, Higginbotham spent two years at Arkansas Tech University as the Graduate Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator.
During his playing career, Higginbotham caught at Arkansas Tech University from 2009-2011 where he earned Gulf South Conference Academic Honors in each of his three seasons. During his three years at ATU, they compiled a record of 88-65 and earned bids to the Gulf South Conference Tournament in 2010 and 2011. Higginbotham started his college playing career at Howard College in Big Spring, TX in 2008.
Coach Higginbotham is originally from Bedford, Texas and graduated from Euless Trinity High School in 2007. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech University in 2011 and his M.S. in College Student Personnel from ATU in 2016.
Chance Pauley – Pitching Coach
Chance Pauley is entering his first season as the Pitching Coach for the Macon Bacon and his first year coaching in the Coastal Plain League.
Currently, Pauley is in his first year as the Pitching Coach at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. At NSU, Pauley works with the pitching staff on a day to day basis along with assisting in the coordination and organization of camps.
During his playing career, Pauley originally signed with VMI out of high school before playing one season at Louisburg College in North Carolina. After a stint at Louisburg and UNC Pembroke, Pauley capped his collegiate career with two seasons at nearby Virginia Wesleyan University. Pauley was a third-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection as a senior in 2018, when he logged 90.1 innings pitched and posted a 2.89 ERA. In his career, Pauley pitched 148.2 innings for the Marlins.
Pauley also earned a sportsmanship award from the ODAC in 2017 and served as VWU team captain in 2018.
Pauley currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the brother-in-law of Jesse Hahn, who pitches for the Kansas City Royals.
Jocobby Robinson – Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach
Jocobby Robinson is entering second year as an assistant coach in the Coastal Plain League.
He is also his second year as an assistant coach at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. At YHC, he works with outfielders and hitters while also serving as the head coach for the development team.
Prior to YHC, he spent the summer of 2017 as an assistant coach for the Asheboro Copperheads in the CPL. There he worked with infielders, outfielders, and hitters. Coached one player (Derek Perry) that was selected to play for the CPL select team against Team USA. Coached 3 players (Derek Perry, Clark Brinkman, Devin Sweet) that were selected to the CPL all star team. He also coached 3 draft picks (Bryan Blanton in 2017; Clark Brinkman, Mason Fox 2018).
Robinson spent the spring of 2017 as the volunteer assistant at the University of West Alabama where he helped out with outfielders and hitters. They finished GSC and south region runners up. Had multiple players selected to the GSC all conference team.
He spent the fall of 2016 as the head assistant for the Ontario Blue Jays high school travel program. There he worked with outfielders and hitters. Coached two draft picks (Cooper Davis in 2017; Noah Naylor 27th overall 2018). Also help send multiple players to division 1 programs such as Vanderbilt, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Austin Peay, Arkansas State, St. Louis University and Kentucky.
He before spent 2015 as the student assistant/outfield coach while finishing up his degree at the University of West Alabama. While there, he won both the GSC regular season and tournament titles. Finished the year 41-11 and a #6 national ranking. Coached two draft picks (Tanner Rainey and Gandy Stubblefield) and had multiple players named to the all conference and all region teams.
As a player, he played two years at Holmes Community College where I was named team captain and all conference first team infielder. He then played his last two years at the University of West Alabama where he was also named team captain and name a first team all-conference outfielder.
Originally from Meridian, Mississippi and graduated from Meridian high school in 2010. Earned his degree in sport management with a minor in business from the University of West Alabama.
Pete Horner – Assistant Pitching Coach
Pete Horner is a junior at Bowling Green State University. A mathematics major with a specialization in date science, Horner has worked closely with the BGSU Baseball program for three years. Horner, 20, also has a background in biomechanics and kinesiology.
During the college baseball season, Horner works closely with the Falcon Baseball program and pitching coach Kyle Hallock. Among other duties, Horner aids in pitcher development and film analysis. Horner is the head student assistant with BGSU Baseball.
In the summer of 2018, Horner served as the pitching coach for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The Nitros pitching staff complied an ERA of 4.63 and led a squad that finished the summer with an overall record of 23-19.
Additionally, Horner was a part of the coaching staff at the 2018 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.
Tanner Gunter – Clubhouse Manager
Tanner Gunter is a sophomore at Bowling Green State University. He is expected to graduate in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in general business. He is one of the student mangers for BG’s baseball team and has been in this position since his freshman year of college. His main responsibilities with this team are to record, edit, and upload film footage as well as assist with daily practice duties. Last summer, he worked with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League as their scoreboard operator and fill-in official scorer. He is excited for this new opportunity and couldn’t be happier to join the Macon Bacon.
Tanner is from LaGrange, Ohio and has grown up a Cleveland sports fan. He attended game 1 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field.
His favorite baseball player is Nolan Arenado, third baseman for the Colorado Rockies.