Matthew Cherry - Head Varsity Coach

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Coach Matthew Cherry begins his ninth season as the only head coach of the Tigers guiding the program to a 119-125-1 overall record (113-102-1 with a senior class).  Last season, the Tigers finished 21-10-1 and 11-7 in the HCC  for a 3rd place finish.  The 21 wins marked the 2nd time in 3 years that the Tigers have won 21 or more games and the 3rd time in 4 years the Tigers have won 19 or more games.  The 2014 Tigers reached their highest ranking in school history when the Tigers were ranked 6th in the April 28th 4A Top 10 Poll.  Over the past 4 years, Coach Cherry’s Tigers have produced 3 winning seasons and a combined 76-49-1 record.

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 4 Indiana All-Stars (Nathaniel Rhodes – 2014, Drew Clark – 2012, Ant Roach – 2011, and Ray Calloway – 2009) and has sent 17 Tigers on to play collegiate baseball, including 4 from last year’s squad:  Taylor Canter (Wabash College), Mike Chakiry (Vincennes University), Griffin Hulecki (Ball State University), and Nathaniel Rhodes (Marshall 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 three children Henry (5), Sophie (3), and Hudson (1).

Darren Simms - Assistant Varsity Coach

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Coach Darren Simms begins his ninth season with the Fishers baseball program and his fifth as a varsity assistant. While with the varsity, the Tigers have compiled a 76-49-1 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 seventh 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 son, Carter (1). 

Eric Sprague - Assistant Varsity Coach

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Coach Eric Sprague begins his third year in the Fishers baseball program as the pitching coach and varsity assistant. Coach Sprague returns to the Tigers after spending the 2014 season at Okeechobee High School in Florida.  Coach Sprague’s 2012 Tiger pitching staff set 11 school records in his first season at Fishers, and his 2013 Tiger pitching staff now holds 12 school records, including lowest ERA, fewest runs and hits allowed, fewest walks per game, and lowest WHIP.  In 2011 in the same position at Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Sprague was a part of the Marauder staff which captured their first sectional championship since 1995. Prior to his time at Mt. Vernon, Sprague served in various coaching capacities in six seasons at Defiance High School (OH). One of the top baseball programs in the state of Ohio, Defiance has produced seven MLB draft picks in the past eleven years and fifteen 90 MPH Club members in the past 14 years.  As a player at Defiance High School, Sprague was a member of the highest ranked team in school history (1999 – 11th in the nation, USA Today). He currently holds the school record for fewest average walks allowed in a career, giving up only 13 in 87 2/3 innings of work, an average of 0.148 per inning. He is 3rd in strikeouts to walk ratio with 71 Ks to 13 Walks. Sprague also became a member of the prestigious 90 MPH Club at Defiance in topping out at 91 MPH. At Defiance College, he was an All-Conference pitcher in 2002 with an ERA of 1.58 in conference games.  Coach Sprague currently teaches Government and US History at Fishers High School and is the pitching instructor and 16U coach for the Indiana Nitro. Sprague currently resides in Fishers.

Eric Osborn - Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Eric Osborn begins his sixth 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 2 year-old twins, Max and Kylie. 

Jeff Harkin - Head Junior Varsity Coach

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Coach Jeff Harkin will begin his sixth season with the Tigers and his fifth as the head junior varsity coach after serving one season as the assistant junior varsity coach.  Coach Harkin led the 2014 JV Tigers to a 19-9 record (62-38 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 tight ends and special teams throughout the program.  In the winter, he is the head 8th grade boys basketball coach at Riverside.  Coach Harkin is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Riverside Junior High School and currently resides in Fishers.    

Zach Foley - Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

Coach Zach Foley begins his fifth season with the Fishers Baseball program, his second 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 in 2013. He is currently teaching at Health and Physical Education at Anderson Preparatory Academy, where he coaches the 8th grade boys basketball varsity tennis. He also coaches The Indiana Bulls 14U during the summer. 

Matt Poisel - Head C-Team Coach

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Coach Matt Poisel begins his third season with the Fishers baseball program where he will serve as the Head C-Team Coach. During the 2014 season, he guided the freshmen Tigers to a 14-10 season (22-21 overall at the C-Team level). Poisel graduated from Franklin College in 2008. While at Franklin, he became an IHSAA licensed baseball umpire. For 8 seasons, Poisel 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 (5), daughter Abby (3), and son Elliott (1).

Shaun Williams - Assistant C-Team Coach

Coach Shaun Williams will begin his first season volunteering for the Fishers baseball program. Williams is a 2000 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School where he was a starting pitcher for the Arabians. While at Pendleton Heights, he earned All-State honors and was selected to the North-South All-Star team.  Williams continued his career at the University of Evansville where he was a 4-year starting pitcher and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management/Administration in 2004. He went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Ball State University in 2006.  While obtaining his Master’s degree, Williams was the head coach of the 17U USAthletic Cardinals summer travel baseball team.  In 2007, he returned to the University of Evansville and worked in the athletic department office doing marketing and sales.  After leaving UE in late 2007, Williams moved to Hattiesburg, MS and obtained a position in the Athletic Department at the University of Southern Mississippi holding the title of Coordinator of Athletic Sales.  He remained there until returning to Indiana to pursue his career in law enforcement.  Williams worked for the Anderson Police Department for over 5 years before being hired by the Fishers Police Department in 2013.  He is currently an officer in the Patrol Division and the School Resource Division teaching D.A.R.E. to Hamilton Southeastern students. He resides in Noblesville with his wife, Beth, and daughter, Ella.

Drew Clark - Assistant C-Team Coach

Brad Purvis - Program Assistant

Coach Brad Purvis will begin his eighth 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.  He has also served as a JV assistant coach.  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.