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JUSTIN SCALI

Head Coach

Justin Scali enters his fifth season as Head Baseball Coach after having spent the previous 12 seasons on staff as an Assistant Baseball Coach with the Lions. Scali is just the fourth different head coach in the last 30 years of the program's history with Athletic Director Jim Peeples having led the program for 15 years prior to Scali's head coaching career.

The Piedmont baseball team posted a 10-7 record in 2020 during the COVID-19 shortened season finishing with a 7-2 mark in conference play. The Lions reeled off a six game win streak including a conference sweep at Brevard. During the short season, Piedmont had five athletes earn USA South weekly awards.

Scali led the Lions to a 29-10 record in 2019 and ranked as high as #10 nationally while earning USA South Coach of the Year honors. The Lions posted a 19-3 mark in league play earning the USA South Regular Season title & #1 seed in the conference tournament. Six Lions earned USA South All-Conference honors while four student-athletes earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors.

Brady Ballstadt continued to dominate D-III baseball earning USA South Player of the Year for the second year in a row, CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-American honors, D3baseball.com All-American, and ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors. In 2019, Ballstadt broke the school career records for home runs, doubles, hits, runs and RBI.

The Lions posted an impressive 30-14 record in 2018, Scali's first 30-win season at the helm, along with a 14-4 record in conference. Piedmont swept Maryville to end the conference regular season and took the second seed entering the USA South Tournament. Piedmont won a fourth straight over Maryville to open the tournament with senior Buddy Green earning his fourth save over the Scots with those coming in four straight games.

The Lions made a run in the tournament knocking off Huntingdon and top-seeded Methodist, but dropped two extra inning contests to LaGrange and N.C. Wesleyan. Brady Ballstadt was named USA South Player of the Year while also earning D3baseball.com All-South Region Player of the Year, D3baseball.com First Team All-America honors and a spot on the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA DIII All-America team.

In 2017, the Lions baseball team posted a 24-20 record while going 7-11 in conference play. The Lions earned the #8 seed in the USA South tournament and made a stellar run through the tourney winning four-straight elimination games to make it to the tournament championship.

Piedmont lost the tournament opener to LaGrange but fought back to face the Panthers once more in the tournament title game. The Lions posted nine or more runs in each of their four tournament wins and had five athletes on the All-Tournament team (COLLIN GRANT, C; GRIFFIN OLSON, 1B; JUSTIN GROOVER, OF; ZACH LANGLEY, OF; JABIN SMITH, DH).

The Lions did defeat LaGrange during the regular season 7-5 at home, one of just four regular season losses for the Panthers. Piedmont also knocked off #1 Emory University with a 7-5 victory at Loudermilk Field on March 10.

With Peeples bringing his former player to Demorest in 2005 as then an assistant coach, Scali was a part of some of the most successful teams in program history including two seasons over 30 wins with the 2008 team taking 34 victories followed by 2011's 32. Both teams won the Great South Athletic Conference tournament, earned a spot in the national poll, and saw an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament come to fruition, the first two such trips in program history.

Spending his time primarily with the team's pitching staff, Scali has helped develop an ABCA and D3baseball.com All-American with four pitchers named conference Pitchers of the Year. In addition, 11 have been tabbed ABCA All-South Region, 17 All-Conference, and seven GSAC All-Freshman selections.

His pitchers have also received national recognition with two pitchers establishing new NCAA Division III single season appearance records in 2008 and again in 2011. In 2013, Scali helped pitcher Kevin Caldwell earn the program's first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove award.

Having spent nearly his entire collegiate coaching career at Piedmont, Scali also has experience at another Division III program spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio Northern University. In addition, Scali served two summers as the pitching coach for the Lima Locos, a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League.

Both the 2003 and 2004 Locos teams set franchise records for wins, and the 2004 team captured the regular season and tournament championships. During his time with the Locos, Scali mentored a future major leaguer in Craig Stammen who went on to pitch for the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.

Scali also has his own impressive career with the Methodist Monarchs as the team went 39-9-1 taking the #1 NCAA Division-III national ranking for eight consecutive weeks at one point during his senior season. Overall, the Monarchs went 122-52 (.701%) in his playing career as Methodist would later be announced by the NCAA as one of the 30 winningest programs in Division III from the decade of the 2000's.

A 2002 graduate of Methodist University (NC), Scali earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management before later receiving his Master of Business Administration from Piedmont in 2005.


Luke Harris

Assistant Coach

Luke Harris enters his third season with the Piedmont baseball program in the fall of 2020 after being promoted to Associate Head Baseball Coach after one year as an assistant. Harris joined the Piedmont staff after spending four years as an Assistant Coach at Adrian College helping guide the Bulldogs to three NCAA regional appearances.

The Piedmont baseball team posted a 10-7 record in 2020 during the COVID-19 shortened season finishing with a 7-2 mark in conference play. The Lions reeled off a six game win streak including a conference sweep at Brevard. During the short season, Piedmont had five athletes earn USA South weekly awards.

Harris helped lead the Lions to a 29-10 record in 2019 and ranked as high as #10 nationally. The Lions posted a 19-3 mark in league play earning the USA South Regular Season title & #1 seed in the conference tournament. Six Lions earned USA South All-Conference honors while four student-athletes earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors.

Brady Ballstadt continued to dominate D-III baseball earning USA South Player of the Year for the second year in a row, CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-American honors, D3baseball.com All-American, and ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors. In 2019, Ballstadt broke the school career records for home runs, doubles, hits, runs and RBI.

During his time at Adrian, Harris specialized with the catchers and hitters while serving as the Head Coach of the JV program. Harris served as a recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs while also organizing the Adrian College Baseball prospect camp.

Harris began working with the Michigan-based program in 2014 serving two seasons (2015-16) coaching the catchers before assuming the responsibility of hitting coach as well for the last two seasons (2017-18). Harris led one first team all MIAA catcher during his time at Adrian and helped the team to a 35-12 record in 2018.

Adrian catchers threw out 35.7 percent on stolen base attempts in 2016 with just one error that season. Harris helped the Bulldogs to four straight 30-win seasons, three MIAA tournament titles including back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018, and three NCAA regional appearances.


Hayden Craig

Assistant Coach

Hayden Craig enters his second season as assistant baseball coach at Piedmont in the fall of 2020. Craig joined the Lions after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at a pair of high schools in Michigan following his playing career at Adrian College.

The Piedmont baseball team posted a 10-7 record in 2020 during the COVID-19 shortened season finishing with a 7-2 mark in conference play. The Lions reeled off a six game win streak including a conference sweep at Brevard. During the short season, Piedmont had five athletes earn USA South weekly awards.

Craig joins former teammate Luke Harris on the coaching staff as the two both graduated from Adrian in 2015. Craig was a four-time letter winner as a catcher and infielder with the Bulldogs claiming four MIAA regular season and conference tournament championships.

In total, the Bulldogs posted a 133-51 record from 2011-2015 with four NCAA Regional appearances. Craig had his best season as a junior in 2014 where he played in 33 games and recorded 98 putouts which ranked third on the team. He also added 15 hits and 11 runs.

For the last three years, Craig has been an assistant varsity coach at a pair of high schools, Hudson (2016-2018) and Clinton (2018-19). His responsibilities involved coaching hitters, calling pitches, coaching first base and running preseason workouts.

Craig was also the head coach of Adrian Post Legion 275 for two years after serving as an assistant coach for five years. His role varied from writing practice plans to working with the infielders, catchers and hitters. He also coached third base and ran the offense.

Craig earned his bachelor of arts in education from Adrian College in 2015 majoring in physical education with a minor in health. He has been a member of the ABCA since 2016.

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