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Cody Ellis

Head Baseball Coach

Ellis, a PHCC alumnus, is returning to his roots after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Lynchburg for the past two seasons under coach Lucas Jones (who is also a former PHCC head baseball coach). When Ellis–a native of Timberlake, North Carolina–played at PHCC, he was an all-region outfielder. When he moved on to play Division I baseball at Norfolk State University, he earned a second-team All-MEAC honor at second base.

In addition to his coaching duties at the University of Lynchburg, Ellis was an assistant coach for the Keene Swampbats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and he spent several summers playing independent professional baseball for the Garden City Wind and the Topeka Trainrobbers in the Pecos League. This summer he also got involved with the USA Baseball’s 16 and under program.

 

Barry Powell
Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach Barry Powell comes to PHCC baseball for the 2018-19 season.  He has an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences from PHCC and a Bachelors Degree from Mary Baldwin University in History.  Coach Powell currently teaches Physical Education and Health at George Washington High School in Danville.  While this may be his first year with PHCC, this is by far not his first year coaching.  He has coached for more than 40 years and at many different levels.

Coach Powell is originally from the South Boston/Halifax area, where he coached middle school and American Legion baseball.  He has coached at Martinsville high school as well as in the Collegiate Coastal Plains league with the Martinsville Mustangs.  He moved to George Washington High in Danville and was the assistant coach until 2013 when he took over as head coach. In 2017-18 he became the assistant baseball coach for Danville Community College.  Part of his professional experience came from the years that he was a MLB scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, and Kansas City Royals.  Coach Powell has had numerous young men to go on to play professional baseball.  He is excited to be a part of PHCC baseball program and looks forward to assisting the team in another successful season.

 

Brandon Nania
 
Assistant Baseball Coach

Nania, a Patrick Henry Community College Alumnus, is returning to be the assistant baseball Coach. When Nania, a native of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, played at PHCC he was a two-time All-Region selection, and a part of the All-Defensive Team. Nania had a historic career at PHCC where he left numerous offensive records. These included single season RBI’s (60), career RBI’s (117), career doubles (42), and career homeruns (16). After his two-year stint at PHCC he moved onto Winston-Salem State University. In addition to his coaching duties at PHCC he will serve as the assistant coach for the Martinsville Mustangs in the Coastal Plains League.   

“Patrick Henry Community College and the City of Martinsville hold a place close to my heart. I want to lead these young men down the right path in the game of baseball, but most importantly in life.” 

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