~~By By JAMES CLARK
For the Peninsula Clarion
Coach Tatum will join the Oilers Coaching staff for the summer of 2014. He is entering his third season as an Assistant Coach at UAPB.
Coach Tatum returns as the team’s Catching Coach where he will oversee former Oiler Mike Wieland, a 1st Team All-ABL selection this past summer, as well as work with the hitters plus assist with the Golden Lions recruiting efforts and summer placement of current roster members.
After one year at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, MS, Tatum transferred to Holmes Community College. From there, he chose to play his final two years at the University of Arkansas Monticello under the direction of current UAPB Head Baseball Coach Carlos James and John Harvey.
Prior to college, Coach Tatum lettered four years at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY under Coach Larry Allison where he played on two District 40 Championship Teams and was named 40th District All-Tournament Team all four years and 9th Region All-Tournament Team two years.
In addition to the Golden Lion Baseball Staff, Coach Tatum also worked for the Arkansas Travelers, the AA Affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels, as their bullpen catcher for the 2011 season. He not only has the experience working with professional players but also with professional coaches. In the summer of 2012, Tatum served as the Hitting Coach for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks where he helped the Goldpanners lead the ABL in hitting with a .299 team Batting Average. In addition to his hitting responsibilities, Coach Tatum was also the team’s catching coach. Under Coach Tatum, Kurt Schlangen was named the starting catcher in the ABL All-Star game for the North Division.
Most recently, Tatum spent the summer of 2013 as the Hitting and Catching Coach for the Palm Springs POWER of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League. Under Coach Tatum’s direction, the Palm Springs POWER won their 3rd SCCBL Championship plus Southern California World Series while setting multiple offensive records (hits 564, runs 437, RBI 352, stolen bases 180, and doubles 104). The POWER finished the summer ranked #18 in the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate Team Top 30.
Coach Tatum is currently working on his Masters in Kinesiology at Southern Arkansas University