Baseball: Dan McShea
Baseball coach Dan McShea
is Motlow's longest tenured coach, as the 2017 season will be his 11th leading the baseball program. McShea has compiled an overall record of 229-280-1 during his nine seasons. He was named the College's interim athletic director in July 2015 and served in that capacity until Nov. 1, 2015.
The 2016 Bucks compiled an 20-37 record, but a strong recruiting class is expected to return the Bucks to conference contention in 2017.
Dan came to Motlow from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he was an assistant coach at North Forrest High School. During Coach McShea's two years at North Forrest, the baseball program advanced to the state playoffs each year. Prior to coaching at North Forrest, McShea was an assistant coach and pitching coach at William Carey College where the team advanced to regional play and saw two players go on to play in the professional ranks.
McShea played college baseball at Ole Miss, advancing to a regional in his last two seasons where he was a starting pitcher. He was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team and received SEC Academic Awards. After playing at Ole Miss, McShea played professionally for two season before beginning his coaching career.
Between teaching mathematics and coaching baseball, Coach McShea recently completed a second master's degree in business administration. He holds a BA in mathematics from Ole Miss and a master's degree in education from William Carey University.
Coach McShea and wife Natalie live in Lynchburg. They are the parents of big sister Harper, and brothers Brody and Corbin.
Contact Coach McShea by email
or by calling 931-393-1615 or 800-654-4877 ext. 1615.
Women's Basketball: Bart Walker
Bart Walker was named women's basketball head coach on April 13, 2016, becoming the 12th head coach in program history.
Walker comes to Motlow after serving the previous four years as an assistant women's basketball coach at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He served under Head Coach Jim Davis, who recently announced his retirement from coaching.
Prior to his stay in Cookeville, Walker was the head basketball coach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. from 2008-2010. He compiled a 38-16 overall record, with his team being ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
Walker was women's head coach at Chattanooga State from 2004-2008, where he led the Lady Tigers to the 2006 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Region VII tournament championship and a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, where they advanced to the Elite Eight.
He began his head coaching career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. In 2000. The Lady Tigers were 81-35 during his four seasons. Hiwassee was a member of the TCCAA during Walker's time as head coach, winning the tournament championship and advancing to the national tournament in 2003 and 2004, advancing to the Elite Eight both seasons.
Walker began his coaching career in 1992 as a volunteer assistant at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., serving on Bill Carlyle's staff for seven years. He played for Carlyle at Walters State and graduated with an associate's degree in 1991. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1992 and his master's degree in education in 2000 from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
As a player at Lincoln Memorial he was the team captain and a recipient of the Lincoln Memorial Academic Award.
In his 10 years as a head coach, Walker has compiled an impressive 217-71 record with three Elite Eight appearances. He has recruited and developed six All-Americans and has won four Coach of the Year awards. Sixty of his players have gone on to become student-athletes at four-year universities.
Men's Basketball: JT Burton
James Tyler "JT" Burton was introduced as the 12th men's basketball head coach in school history on June 4, 2015. The Bucks compiled an outstanding 25-7 record during his first season, including a runner-up finish in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament. Sophomore Jaylen Barford was named the TCCAA Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-American.
Burton spent the previous season as the Director of Player Development at Tennessee under former Volunteer head coach Donnie Tyndall. His season in Knoxville followed a highly successful six-year stint as head coach at St. Catharine in his hometown of Springfield, Ky., where he compiled a 95-80 record. During his coaching tenure the school transitioned from a two-year to a four-year institution, playing on the NAIA level and joining the Mid-South Conference.
He takes over a Motlow program that finished 23-6 in 2014-15 and 37-20 in two seasons under former head coach Matt Sligh, who resigned in March to become an assistant at Missouri State University, ironically located in Springfield, Mo.
Burton boasts more than 15 years of college coaching experience after playing college basketball at St. Catharine from 1995-97, when the Patriots were a two-year school and a member of the Tennessee Junior/Community College Athletic Association, now known as the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).
Burton received his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1999 and his master's degree from Campbellsville University in 2005. He and his wife, Carla, have two daughters, Alexis and Jada.
Following his graduation from Tennessee Wesleyan, he returned to St. Catharine as an assistant coach for one season, followed by one season as an assistant at Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College.
Burton was the head coach of the Washington County High School girls team in Springfield from 2003-07, where his teams averaged 17 wins per season and made a quarterfinal appearance in the 2005 Kentucky girls basketball state tournament.
After spending the 2007-08 season as an assistant men's coach at St. Catharine, he was promoted to head coach the following year. He was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 after the Patriots compiled a 24-10 record and advanced to the NAIA national tournament. The Patriots had three 20-win seasons under Burton and made another national tournament appearance in 2014, when they advanced to the quarterfinals.
Softball: Janice Morey
Lynchburg native and former Motlow College softball player Janice Morey has seen her life and career come full circle after being named the new head softball coach at Motlow on Nov. 1, 2015. Her first Lady Bucks team finished the 2016 season with a 28-24 overall record and advanced to the third round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament.
Morey comes back home to Lynchburg and Motlow after serving most recently as an assistant softball coach at Stewarts Creek High School after 10 years as head softball coach at Oakland, where she led her team to the District 7-AAA championship in 2014.
Morey graduated from Moore County High School and continued her athletic career playing both basketball and softball at Motlow in the mid-1990s. She continued as a student-athlete at Cumberland University in Lebanon where she earned her bachelor's degree. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons she served as a graduate assistant for the Cumberland softball program while earning her master's degree.
She officially began her coaching career at Shelbyville in the fall of 2000 and coached the Eaglettes' softball program for five successful seasons before moving to Murfreesboro and taking over as head coach at Oakland.
Morey becomes the College's sixth softball head coach in the program's 22 years of existence. She replaces Tori Raby-Gentry, another former Motlow player who served as head coach for the past four seasons and as athletic director for the previous 18 months. Raby-Gentry, who resigned in July, led the Lady Bucks to a 27-19-2 record in 2015 and an overall record of 84-107-2.
Soccer: Andy Lyon
For the first time in over 20 years, Motlow State began a new athletic program with the announcement that women's soccer would begin play in the fall of 2017. On Sept. 1, 2016, Tullahoma's Andy Lyon was announced as the first head coach of the new program.
Lyon is familiar to soccer players and fans throughout middle Tennessee and beyond. He is the chairman of Camp Forrest FC, a select soccer club based in Tullahoma. He has won both indoor and outdoor state tournaments and has coached numerous players that have represented various college soccer teams throughout the region.
Born in Nottingham, England, where he took part in Nottingham Forest Youth programs and studied and played soccer at Leeds University, Lyon came to the United States to join the coaching staff of the NY/NJ Metrostars in their youth development program. He was hired away from the Metrostars by the Major League Soccer organization to direct youth camps and as a player development consultant.
Coach Lyon currently holds a USSF B coaching license as well as USSF national youth license and a NSCAA director of coaching diploma. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach of the men's program at the University of the South and was an assistant coach with the Webb School girls soccer team in Bell Buckle.