BEARDEN COACHING STAFF
Head Coach John Rice
Prior to the 2013 season, John Rice was hired to be Bearden’s baseball coach. Coach Rice graduated from Morristown East and went on to play baseball at the University of Tampa, Walters State Community College, and Milligan College. Previously, he coached at Karns High School. In addition to his role as head coach for the Bearden Bulldogs, Coach Rice teaches Marketing and ACT Prep classes. He is married to Rebeka and has three children. “The relationships are the most integral part of coaching,” You can get kids to move mountains for you if they trust what you’re doing and that you’re doing it for their best interest.” Coach John Rice
Coach Jack Tate
Coach Tate has been a long time member of the Baseball program. He teaches Economics and a student favorite class, Film Studies. Coach Tate has been involved with BHS sports for over 30 years – serving as an assistant and a head coach as well as a statistician for football and basketball. He is well-known by the Bearden community for his love of the students, sports, as a movie critic, and a favorite “to follow” on twitter!
Coach Buddy Wilker
Coach Wilker plays dual roles at BHS as a football coach and a baseball coach. He attended Bearden High School. Coach Wilker is married to Robin.
Coach Tyler Roach
Coach Roach is originally from Knoxville where he attended Karns HS. He played baseball at Chattanooga State and then at East Tennessee State University. After graduating with a degree in Education, Coach Roach returned to Knoxville where he teaches at New Hopewell. He joined the Bearden coaching staff in 2015/2016 season and will assume the head coach position for the junior varsity team this season.
Coach Wes Anderson
Coach Anderson is from Elizabethton, TN. He graduated from University of Tennessee and played collegiate baseball at Milligan College. Currently Coach Anderson teaches Algebra 1 and joined the Bearden coaching staff in the 2016/2017 season. He is married to Katie. A favorite quote is ” “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, you are wasting your time.” – Roberto Clemente