After having spent the last 12 seasons on staff as an Assistant Baseball Coach, Justin Scali has been announced as the successor to Jim Peeples as the new Head Baseball Coach at Piedmont College. The move comes after the announcement made by Peeples that he will serve as the school's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics after filling both roles for this past academic year.
Scali is just the fourth different head coach in the last 30 years of the program's history with Peeples having led the program for the last 15 seasons winning 360 games along the way.
The transition is a unique one as the two coaches not only served on the same coaching staff for more than 500 games together here at Piedmont. They also served as a player-coach combo at Methodist University as well prior to Scali's graduation as a Division III student-athlete.
During their time as Monarchs, Peeples served then as the Assistant Baseball Coach at Methodist tutoring Scali as the southpaw helped the Monarchs win three conference championships and make three appearances in the NCAA National Tournament.
In Scali's senior year, the Monarchs went 39-9-1 taking the #1 NCAA Division-III national ranking for eight consecutive weeks at one point during the 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.
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.
With Peeples bringing his former player to Demorest in 2005 as then an assistant coach, Scali has been 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 hurlers 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.
Scali takes over the program this month with Jim Peeples stepping off the diamond after 15 years as the leader of the Green and Gold.
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.
Scali resides in Flowery Branch, GA with his wife and PC alum, the former Katie Wood ('06, M'07). The two welcomed their first child, Eva Anne, to the family on April 8, 2010.
Newly appointed Head Baseball Coach Justin Scali has announced the hiring of Associate Head Baseball Coach Jared Broughton as an addition to the coaching staff at Piedmont College. Broughton comes to Piedmont fresh off a three-season stint as an assistant coach at Division III Earlham College in Indiana following a playing career at the Division I level.
Broughton joins a Piedmont baseball program which finished 21-19 overall in 2016 featuring several wins over nationally ranked foes including a victory at Loudermilk over then-#5 Birmingham-Southern College on March 12. The Lions played one of the toughest schedules in the country facing a top ten opponent on six occasions wrapping up the season with a victory over #8 Emory who went on to a third straight College World Series appearance later in the year.
In three seasons as an assistant coach at Earlham College in Indiana, Broughton helped the Division III program improve its win total each year moving from a 21-18 record in 2014 to a school-best 29-14 record in 2016. Broughton was part of several firsts for Earlham helping the program to its first-ever appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Tournament (2015) following that up with its first HCAC postseason wins (2016) making it all the way to the championship game this season.
This past spring, Earlham dominated the HCAC statistically leading the league in doubles, home runs, extra-base hits, RBIs, walks, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Big Earl didn't just make waves regionally though as Earlham also ranked amongst some of the best teams in the country statistically finishing 6th in stolen bases amongst all Division III institutions while also ranking 18th in total home runs, 7th in stolen bases per game, and 23rd in home runs per game.
Broughton coached hitting, infield play, and base running at Earlham during his time as an assistant coach mentoring 11 players who earned 1st Team All-Conference honors including the 2016 HCAC Freshman of the Year. Bringing with him offensive prowess that helped Earlham reach new heights, Broughton won't be short of weapons at Piedmont to work with at the plate as Piedmont finished 4th in total runs scored last season in the USA South.
Additionally, Broughton will already have experienced returners to work with as three-year starter in the infield, GRIFFIN OLSON returning for his fourth season. BRADY BALLSTADT also returns to patrolling centerfield following a splash debut season in '16 that saw the youngster earn the #2 play in SportsCenter's Top Ten countdown with a diving grab against Maryville College.
Broughton enjoyed his own star playing career as a collegiate player spending his final two seasons at NCAA Division I member University of Dayton in Ohio helping the Flyers to 31 wins in 2012 including a 17-7 mark in the Atlantic 10. Over his two years at Dayton, Broughton drove in 45 runs while hitting .279 in 104 games including 96 starts as an infielder with a .959 fielding percentage to his credit.