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2018 Baseball Coaches
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Jonathan Estes was named head baseball coach at his alma mater for the 2009-2010 season. He begins his ninth season with the Freed-Hardeman baseball program after spending three seasons as the skipper at Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.)

Since coming to FHU, Estes has led the Lions to conference titles in 2012 and 2015 and National Tournament appearances in 2012, 2015 and 2016. The Lions have also been ranked in the NAIA Top 25 in each of the past six seasons under his leadership.

Estes earned AMC Coach of the Year during his 2015 campaign after one of the best seasons with the Lion baseball program since he came to FHU seven years ago. The Lions ended the 2015 season with a 37-16 record and clinched the AMC regular-season title. The Lions also won two games in the NAIA National Tournament opening round with a 4-1 win over Judson College as well as a 10-2 win over Louisiana State University-Alexandria. At the end of the 2015 season, the Lions were No. 23 in the coaches postseason top 25 poll.

The Lions were equally impressive under Estes in 2016 as they posted a 41-19 record and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight year. The Lions picked up an impressive 15-4 win over Taylor (Ind.) University before being eliminated with two losses.

In 2012, Estes was named Transouth Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament and Transouth Conference Regular Season Championship.

Estes has a record of 277-168-1 while coaching at Freed-Hardeman and an overall record of 341-239-1. He tallied his 100th career win on February 14, 2011 in a 9-2 win over his former team Harris-Stowe. Estes tallied his 200th career win on February 9, 2014 with a 5-4 victory over St. Catharine College. Estes' 300th career win also came at the hands of his former squad when the Lions defeated Harris-Stowe 11-1 on April 15, 2016.

Estes led the Lions within one game of an NAIA Opening Round berth in 2014 after advancing deep into the program’s first ever AMC Conference Tournament. After dropping the opening game of the tournament, the Lions reeled off three consecutive wins while facing elimination before dropping their final game 4-2 to 8th ranked Missouri Baptist.  In 2013, the Lions 38 wins was the second most in school history. The Lions were ranked as high as 17th in the nation after spending two weeks with the nation’s highest winning percentage. FHU players dominated the conference player and pitcher of the week awards, earning 10 of the 20 possible awards. The 2012 Transouth Conference Championship was the first for the Lions since the 1997 squad that won a school record 44 games. The Lions cracked the Top 25 in the first regular season poll and were ranked in all six regular season rankings. The Lions highest ranking came on April 3 after taking two of three games from #18 Bethel. The series win propelled the Lions into first place in the conference and #18 nationally.

At Harris-Stowe, Estes helped rebuild a team that had been to the post-season just twice in the program's previous 12 years. In his first two years at the helm, Estes led the Hornets to consecutive conference tournaments including a second place finish in 2007, their highest since 1994. That 2007 squad swept conference doubleheaders from four of five teams helping Estes earn American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year. In 2008, the Hornets rallied to win seven of their final eight games to earn a return trip to postseason play.

Estes spent two seasons in the high school ranks as an assistant baseball coach at Ritenour High School in metropolitan St. Louis.  The Huskies reached the district championship game both years. Estes also served as an assistant basketball coach for five seasons.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Estes spent parts of three seasons in professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The Cardinals drafted Estes after his senior season at FHU in the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Estes went 7-3 with a 3.54 ERA covering 52 appearances in his professional career working as both a starter and a reliever.

Estes spent three years at FHU as a pitcher from 2000-2002 after transferring from NCAA Division 1 St. Louis University where he set the school record for innings pitched (111.1) as a freshman. Estes earned All-Conference honors each season with the Lions and NAIA Scholar Athlete after his junior and senior seasons. Upon graduation, Estes ranked in the top five in 16 of the 18 career and single season pitching records at FHU, holding nine. Estes still holds records for single season innings pitched, single season and career complete games, career batting average against and career ERA.

Estes holds a degree in Marketing from FHU graduating Magna Cum Laude and a Masters in Teaching degree from Lindenwood University. He is married to the former Ashley Bennett and they have two sons, Dean and Lane, and a daughter, Ellie.

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J.D. Flowers enters his 10th season as an assistant coach of the Lion baseball team after serving three years as a graduate assistant coach and playing for the Lions for four seasons.   

Flowers duties consist of being the hitting coach, infield coach, and base-running coach.  His off-the-field duties include being the groundskeeper for the baseball, softball, and soccer fields.

Flowers joined the coaching staff after playing for the Lions from 2002-2005.  For his career he hit .365 with 44 doubles, 94 RBIs, 10 homeruns, and 59 stolen bases, while playing at six different positions.  He ranks in the top 10 in 3 categories of career records including runs scored, doubles, and triples.  He also holds the single season record for at-bats (204) and is third on the all-time single season hits list (82). 

Flowers earned his degree in Physical Education as well as an add-on endorsement in Special Education from FHU in 2005.  He earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from FHU in 2008. 

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Will Wallis enters his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Lion baseball program. He comes to FHU most recently from Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina, where he served as an Assistant Coach. His primary duties at Southeastern involved working with all defensive positions, particularly pitchers and catchers.

Prior to his time at Southeastern, Wallis worked at Pine Grove High School in Ripley, Miss., where he served as Head Coach for the varsity, junior varsity and junior high baseball programs. Wallis attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss., where he played baseball for two seasons. Following his time at Northeast, he attended Blue Mountain College, where he was a player on the BMC baseball team for one season.