JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman coach Tom Griffin announced the addition of Tripp Faulk and Daniel Sharp as new assistant coaches for the upcoming 2015 season. Faulk and Sharp join Skyler Barnett and Mark Allen Bounds as assistant coaches for Griffin.
Faulk was born in Laurinburg, N.C. and grew up in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Out of high school, Faulk was drafted in the 38th round out of North Myrtle Beach High School by the Atlanta Braves in 2009, 1,138th overall.
The outfielder spent his freshman year at Wingate University winning a conference championship, his sophomore year at USC-Lancaster obtaining an associate's degree in Liberal Arts, then finished remainder of career at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.
Faulk started his coaching career at Myrtle Beach High School in the spring of 2014. Spent the summer of 2014 coaching the 15U EvoShield Canes leading them to two top-three finishes at national invitational events. He spent last year at Wingate University helping them win the South Atlantic Conference tournament championship and clinching a regional berth for the first time since 2011.
He graduated in May 2015 from Wingate University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. His father, Paul Faulk, played in the San Francisco Giants organization and has been employed within professional baseball for almost 30 years with six different teams. He also has coached at multiple high schools in North Carolina as he is in the North Carolina High School Baseball Coaches' Hall of Fame. He currently is an area scout for the Washington Nationals.
Sharp begins his seventh season as a part of the Carson-Newman University baseball program. He came to the Eagles after graduation from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn. He earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Carson-Newman in December 2013. As he played his final season of college baseball in the spring of 2014, he worked on his master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Coaching Emphasis.
After completing his final season at Carson-Newman, Sharp played professional baseball with the Trinidad Triggers in Trinidad, Colo. in the summer of 2014.
Returning to Mossy Creek in the fall of 2014, Sharp continued working on his master's degree while being a graduate assistant coach for the Eagle baseball team.
In the spring of 2015, Sharp took a one semester job as pitching coach at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois while finishing his master's degree from Carson-Newman.
During his time as a student-athlete at Carson-Newman, Sharp was a four-year pitcher. He led the Eagles in earned run average for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with his best being 2.22 in 2013. He also gave up only three home runs while striking out 106 batters in 99 innings pitched.
Sharp made the Carson-Newman University Dean's List four times, was elected team captain his senior year and served in the Inaugural Class of Eagle Scholars. He also served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2013-2014 school year and was a three time member of the South Atlantic Conference Honor Roll.
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