NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University has hired Boston Red Sox scout Mike Lord to fill its vacant head baseball coaching position.
Lord, who will be the eighth head coach in the history of the Trojan baseball program, replaces former Trojan head coach Jonathan Burton, who resigned following the 2011 baseball season. City Paper Article on Lord
Lord has 11 years of experience in Major League Baseball (MLB). Most recently, he spent three years with the Red Sox and another nine years on the San Diego Padres' coaching staff. He has six seasons of collegiate head coaching experience and another nine years as an assistant.
Regarding Lord's joining Trevecca athletics, President Dan Boone noted that Trevecca is putting a leader in charge of the baseball program, one who will help craft Trevecca's move to NCAA Division II. He stated, "Mike Lord is a great fit for Trevecca Nazarene University. As we make our transition into NCAA Division II, Mike's professional expertise, Christian character, and devotion to the development of student athletes makes him the ideal leader. This is a very good day for Trevecca."
Trevecca Director of Athletics Mark Elliott added, "Trevecca obviously has a rich tradition in our baseball coaching tree. I have been aware for years of such great Trevecca coaches like Bill Green, Elliot Johnson, and Jeff Forehand along with the other terrific leaders we've had around here. I felt a deep sense of responsibility to protect that tradition with another great hire. I certainly believe Mike Lord will continue that tradition of success while putting his own stamp on the program."
"Mike has a great baseball pedigree, significant coaching experience in the collegiate ranks, a terrific record of success in the pros, and is a man of great faith. When we put all that together, coupled with his unique personality, we knew he was the man for the job."
Elliott Continued, "His personality is very engaging and drew all of those who met him in. He will add to our chemistry and make the dugout and our department a fun place to be."
Lord commented on what drew him to the job at Trevecca, "There is a very special culture at Trevecca. Everyone is extremely committed to impacting the lives of their students as well as the local community. There is a real sense of family, and I am truly looking forward to becoming part of it."
Lord recognizes he is taking over a program with tradition and a great history of coaches, "Trevecca has a rich baseball history developed over the years by several great coaches. I am committed to doing all I can to uphold that tradition and also look forward to becoming part of the Nashville baseball community as a whole."
Lord, 54, is excited to join a program that is building momentum: "Athletically, Trevecca is creating some serious forward momentum. Dr. Boone and his administrative staff are moving full speed ahead with regards to NCAA DII, and Mark Elliott was a great choice to lead the charge. He is a baseball guy who understands what it takes to get us to the next level. I also have to say I really like his first hire."
Lord looked ahead to his first season at Trevecca, "I met with the current baseball staff and couldn't be happier. These are quality, hard working guys who really care about Trevecca baseball. I know we have a good core of hitters returning, so we should be able to put up some crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The biggest challenge will be replacing 400 innings from last year's pitching staff. It is never easy to lose so many innings and senior leadership at one time, but Matt Thomas and Luke Brown have worked really hard all spring to find guys who can pound the strike zone and compete. Now we roll our sleeves up and get to work."
Lord has a 169-131 career college coaching record, including a 63-30, two-year run at Palm Beach Atlantic. In 2005, he led PBA to a NCCAA World Series runner up finish. Lord also served as head coach at San Diego Christian College, Claremont College, and Westmont College. He served as an assistant coach at Palomar College and Saddleback College. Palomar was the Pacific Coast Conference champion all four years that Lord was on staff. Saddleback also won its conference championship during his time there.
In 2009 he coached with former University of Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico, former Cincinnati Red Barry Larkin, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst at the MLB European Baseball Academy.
Lord spent nine years on staff with the San Diego Padres as their batting practice pitcher and defensive positioning coach. Two members of the Padres at that time, Bruce Bochy and Tim Flannery, had their sons play for Lord in college.
He spent another three years with the Boston Red Sox as their international scouting coordinator covering Mexico, Europe, South Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
Trevecca's new baseball coach has some rich connections in college and major league baseball.
Greg Riddoch, former San Diego Padres manager, vouches for Lord's ability to lead men: "Mike had a tremendous impact not only on our performance on the field, but in the lives of many of the players. His years of experience at all levels of baseball give him a unique perspective of the game. He knows how to get the most out of his players and I know he will do a great job at Trevecca."
Todd Claus, former Angels minor league manager of the year and current international scout with the Boston Red Sox, confirms Lord's extensive baseball knowledge: "I logged a lot of road miles with Mike scouting for the Red Sox. Mike knows baseball from both sides of the fence, but I know that with his knowledge of the game, he belongs on the field managing a team. The boys at Trevecca are going to love having him in the dugout."
Lord also had a standout career as a player. He was a starting pitcher at Long Beach City College when it won the 1976 California Junior College State Championship. In 1977, he was a part of the NCAA Division II National Championship team at the University of California-Riverside.
He graduated from the University of California at Riverside in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Mike and his wife, Denise, currently reside in San Diego, Calif.