Coach Castle brings a combination of professional playing and collegiate coaching experience to the Marietta College baseball program. In addition to coaching the pitchers, Castle serves as the Pioneers' strength coach.
Under Castle’s guidance, the Pioneer pitching staff led the nation in earned run average in back-to-back seasons posting a 1.74 ERA in 2011 and a 2.35 ERA in 2012. The Pioneer hurlers posted an incredible 14 shutouts in each of the those two seasons.
Brian Gasser and Austin Blaski were named the OAC Kent Tekulve Pitcher of the Year, the NCAA Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year and the Division III National Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Christian Herstine earned the Tekulve Award in 2014 and 2016.
Castle spent the summer of 2010 as the pitching coach for the Elmira Pioneers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). Elmira captured the West Division title with a 27-15 record and finished runner-up in the NYCBL Championship series. The Pioneers finished the regular season with a club-best 2.93 ERA, which ranked third in the 14-team league. They also set new club records for strikeouts, saves and opponents’ batting average.
Castle was an assistant pitching coach with his alma mater Ashland University from 2007-09. During his time with the Eagles, the squad made three straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament in 2008.
Castle played two seasons for Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, earning all-conference honors in 2002 and 2003. He left as school’s career leader in wins. Castle transferred Ashland where he was a two-year captain and earned all-conference and all-region honors in 2004. An academic all-conference honoree, Castle helped lead the Eagles to the 2006 NCAA Division II World Series.
Following the 2006 season, Castle played professionally for four seasons. He spent three years as the closer for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League earning a trip to the 2008 league All-Star game. He played one season for the Quebec Capitales, winning the Canadian-American League title in 2009.
Castle, a native of Dayton, Ohio, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and his K-12 Physical Education License from Ashland University in 2008. He lives in Marietta with his wife Jenn, the Pioneers’ assistant softball coach and their two children, Cambrie and Carter.