Matthew Cherry - Head Varsity Coach

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Coach Matthew Cherry begins his eighth season as the only head coach of the Tigers guiding the program to a 98-115 overall record (92-92 with a senior class). Last season, the Tigers finished 14-17 and 8-10 in the HCC and defeated Mt. Vernon in the Victory Field Classic. Coach Cherry’s overall best winning percentage came in 2012 when the Tigers finished 22-9 overall and 13-5 in the HCC for their highest conference finish (2nd place). The 2012 Tigers were ranked in the 4A Top 10 for the first time in school history when they entered the polls at #10 on April 30th. For the Tigers 2012 performance, Coach Cherry was named the HCC Coach of the year for the 1st time and the Hamilton County Sports Daily Co-Coach of the Year for the 2nd time. The Tigers best tournament run came in 2011, when they lost to Westfield in the Sectional Final. Coach Cherry has coached 3 Indiana All-Stars (Drew Clark – 2012, Ant Roach – 2011, and Ray Calloway – 2009) and has sent 14 Tigers on to play collegiate baseball, including 3 from last year’s squad: Ben Abney (Anderson University), Ben Pritchett (Trine University), and Cory Reed (Trine University). During the summer of 2012, former Tiger Matt Hitt (2008) signed a professional contract with the Arizona Centennials (Independent Team) to become the first Tiger to play professional baseball. In 2013, Hitt also became the first Tiger to play with a Major League Affiliated team, the Vancouver Canadians of the Toronto Blue Jay organization.

Coach Cherry is a 1998 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School where he was a 1st Team Class 4A All-State catcher as a senior and a 2 time 1st Team All-NCC selection. Cherry continued his education at Anderson University where he was a 1st Team All-HCAC catcher as a freshman. Prior to a career ending arm injury, Cherry had the privilege to play for Athletes In Action in the premier Alaskan Collegiate Wooden Bat Summer League. After receiving his BA in secondary education, Coach Cherry served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Anderson University helping guide the Ravens to a 3rd place finish at the 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship. After leaving the college ranks, Cherry served as a volunteer assistant coach at Pendleton Heights in 2005 and as the junior varsity head coach at Hamilton Southeastern in 2006. Cherry received his master's degree in sport administration and sport pedagogy at Purdue University in 2007. Coach Cherry teaches mathematics at Fishers and is a member of the ABCA, BCA, and IHSBCA (where he currently serves as the District K Representative). He lives in Fishers with his wife, Sara, and soon to be three children Henry (4), Sophie (2), and newborn baby in March.

Darren Simms - Assistant Varsity Coach

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Coach Darren Simms begins his eighth season with the Fishers baseball program and his fourth as a varsity assistant. While with the varsity, the Tigers have compiled a 55-39 overall record. In his first four seasons in the program, Simms served as the head junior varsity coach compiling a 64-34 overall record. Coach Simms will be responsible for outfielders, base running, and bunting throughout the program. Simms is a 2002 graduate of Taylor High School where he was an honor athlete for receiving ten varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and football and was chosen as the male recipient for the Howard County Student Athlete of the Year. In baseball, he was a member of the 2000 state baseball team and received 1st team All-Area and 2nd team All-Conference. In football, he was All-State Honorable Mention, 1st team All-Area, and 1st team All-Conference. Coach Simms continued his baseball career by playing at Anderson University for three years. Prior to being sidelined because of numerous injuries, Simms was a part of the baseball team that finished 3rd in the nation at the 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship. Coach Simms is in his sixth season as the head freshmen girls’ basketball coach at Fishers compiling a 64-21 record. Coach Simms has also coached a Special Olympics basketball team winning the state title in 2007. Currently, Simms is a physical education teacher at Fall Creek Intermediate. He resides in Fishers with his wife, Kayla and their baby son, Carter.

Eric Osborn - Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Eric Osborn begins his fifth season as an assistant varsity coach with the Tiger Baseball Program and will serve as the hitting and infield coach for the entire program. Osborn came to the high school level after serving as a college assistant for two seasons. Osborn was the assistant baseball coach at Valparaiso University in 2009 working primarily with catchers, outfielders, and hitters. While on staff at Valpo, Osborn also served as the third base coach, assisted with recruiting and organized and ran the Crusader baseball camps. Coach Osborn also served as an assistant coach at Indiana Tech in 2008 working primarily with infielders, hitters, and base runners. He was the Warrior’s first base coach and aided in recruiting as well as served as the program’s camp coordinator. Osborn spent the fall of 2007 as an undergraduate assistant at Purdue University assisting with day-to-day operations of the baseball program. With the Boilermakers, he worked with the infielders, base runners, and hitters. Prior to coaching, Osborn was a four-year starter at second base for Purdue and was twice named as an Academic All Big-Ten selection. Coach Osborn graduated from Purdue in 2007 with a degree in management and a minor in marketing. He currently works as a sales representative for Lids Sports and lives in Fishers with his wife Molly and 1 year-old twins, Max and Kylie.

Jeff Harkin - Head Junior Varsity Coach

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Coach Jeff Harkin will begin his fifth season with the Tigers and his fourth as the head junior varsity coach after serving one season as the assistant junior varsity coach. Coach Harkin led the 2013 JV Tigers to a 12-12 record (43-29 overall at the JV level). Coach Harkin is responsible for the catchers throughout the entire program. Harkin is a 2002 graduate of Hoffman Estates High School in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. While at Hoffman Estates, Harkin lettered in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Harkin was the starting catcher for the Hawks his junior and senior seasons. During high school, Harkin served as an umpire for little league baseball and eventually became an IHSA umpire during his time home from college. Harkin attended Indiana University where he graduated with a BS in Secondary Social Studies Education. Harkin also serves as the head JV football coach at Fishers and works with the running backs and tight ends throughout the program. He begins his first season as the head 8th grade basketball coach at Riverside after working as an assistant for several years. Coach Harkin is an 8th grade social studies teacher at Riverside and Fishers Junior High Schools and currently resides in Noblesville.

Zach Foley - Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

Coach Zach Foley begins his fourth season with the Fishers Baseball program, his first as a coach. Foley graduated from Fishers High School in 2009 where he lettered in both baseball and basketball. In baseball, he earned All-Conference and All-County honors. Coach Foley continued his baseball career at Anderson University where he pitched for the Ravens for 3 years before student teaching and graduating with a Physical Education degree this past May. He is currently teaching at Mt. Vernon Middle School, where he coaches the 8th grade basketball team. He also coaches the Indiana Bulls 12U during the summer.

Matt Poisel - Head Freshmen Coach

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Coach Matt Poisel begins his second season with the Fishers baseball program where he will serve as the Head Freshmen Coach. During his first season, he guided the freshmen Tigers to an 8-11 season. Poisel graduated from Franklin College in 2008. While at Franklin, he became an IHSAA licensed baseball umpire. During the previous 8 seasons, he has worked a full slate of varsity games across Central Indiana and has been assigned to four sectional sites, most recently including Speedway and Perry Meridian. Coach Poisel teaches mathematics at Fishers High School and lives in Fishers with his wife, Angela, son Eli (4), and daughter Abby (2). Poisel and his family are also expecting their third child in May.

Michael Gaines - Assistant Freshmen Coach

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Coach Michael Gaines begins his first season with the Fishers baseball program where he will serve as the Assistant Freshmen Coach.  Coach Gaines graduated from Purdue University in 2000 and earned his Masters in Education Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2009.  Michael has coached Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Track, Volleyball, Football, Softball, and Baseball at various schools throughout his teaching/coaching career and he is currently the Varsity Head Coach for the Fishers Lady Tigers Basketball program. Coach Gaines teaches U.S. History and Economics at Fishers High School and lives in Fishers with his wife Kendra and son Micah (2).

Brad Purvis - Program Assistant

Coach Brad Purvis will begin his seventh year with the Fishers baseball program returning as a volunteer assistant to the program. During his first three seasons with Tigers, Purvis served as the head freshmen coach where he compiled a 29-27 overall record. Purvis is a 2001 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High where he lettered in Football and Baseball. He was the starting catcher and captain his senior year and earned the Joseph Shapiro outstanding baseball player award while playing for the Trojans. In 2001, Purvis also received the distinguish athlete of the year award from the United States Marine Corp. Coach Purvis continued his education at Indiana University where he graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice. During summer breaks from college, Purvis served as a volunteer umpire for a local little league baseball association. While attending Indiana University, Purvis began work at the Indiana University Police Department. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2003, where he placed in the top 3 for physical fitness. In 2005, Purvis accepted a job with the Noblesville Police Department where he is currently assigned to the K-9 Unit in the Uniform Patrol Division. Coach Purvis resides in Noblesville with his wife Jess.