Head Coach Chuck Hargis
Chuck Hargis, a former All-American infielder at Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University, is Lakeway's first baseball coach.
“Baseball has always been my passion and I’m excited for this amazing opportunity with Lakeway Christian Academy,” Hargis said. “This gives me the opportunity as a coach to help young men grow and develop not only as athletes but in their walk with Christ and life. I just want to thank the administration for allowing me this opportunity to be their coach. Also, I want to thank Coach (Joey) Seaver for the recommendation and believing in me. I am anxious to get started and put our amazing facilities we will have to good use.”
Hargis has excelled both in his playing and coaching career in baseball for the better part of 20 years.
Hargis was a four-year starter at Powell High School, earning All-District and All-KIL honors in each of his final three seasons with the Panthers.
Upon graduating from high school, Hargis began his collegiate playing career at Walters State and helped build the Senators program into a national powerhouse.
During his time playing for the Senators, Hargis was a two-time All-Tennessee Junior Community College Athletic Association player and a team captain his sophomore year. In his freshman campaign, he helped lead Walters State to its then second appearance in the Junior College World Series. The Senators won back-to-back regular season TJCCAA regular season championships during that time, rolling up a 95-26 record (47-13 in 2003, 48-13 in 2004) in his two seasons in Morristown.
After his career at Walters State came to a close, Hargis transferred to ETSU and was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference member. He was a preseason 2006 All-American and finished sixth in the nation on doubles that year, which he spent as the team captain for the Bucs. He was a business major while at ETSU.
Hargis was drafted in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2006 by the Cleveland Indians, and he spent a short time in their organization.
In his coaching career, Hargis has mentored many different age groups from 8-under to 17-under teams in travel baseball. He has been involved with Diamond Simcox Academy, Knoxville Thunder and the Lexington Greys out of Kentucky.
Many of his former players have gone on to have great high school careers, with several achieving their dreams of playing collegiate baseball.
“Our team will always play the game with respect and effort,” Hargis said. “I have always been of the mindset that pitching and defense wins games. If we can minimize the opportunities for our opponents, we will produce runs and have a great chance to win baseball games. My players will develop mental toughness, work hard both on and off the baseball field and will always show respect towards opponents, peers, teammates and officials.”
Chuck is an experienced field sales representative with a demonstrated history of working in the building materials and consumer goods industries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration focused in Business Administration and Management from ETSU. He is the son of Charles and Melissa Hargis, the husband of Amanda Hargis and the father of Camden (13), Jaksen (9) and Berkley (6).
Hargis joins Fowler (football), Randy Coffman (girls basketball), Curtis Staples (boys basketball), David Reed (golf), Shannon Mincey (volleyball) and Ellen Renfroe-Reed (softball) as head coaches at the school.