2011 Region 17 Champion
Head Baseball Coach
Former major league pitcher Brett Campbell enters his second season at GPC, his first season as interim head baseball coach. Last year, Campbell’s pitching staff led the league in strikeouts with 446 in 458 innings and was second in ERA at 2.79. Campbell’s staff included 3 pitchers named to the all-conference team. Before joining the GPC staff in 2012, he was an assistant at Northwest Florida State College. There, his pitching staff produced the school’s first Panhandle Conference championship since 2000. The staff included two pro draftees and five players who signed with four-year colleges.
Campbell, a native of Douglasville and a graduate of Douglas County High School, was an All-American shortstop at Wallace State-Hanceville in Alabama before transferring to Kennesaw State University, where he pitched and played infield.
After being chosen in the 34th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Washington Nationals, Campbell quickly made his way through the minors and made his Major League debut in September 2006. Campbell also pitched in two minor league all-star games and led the Nationals’ minor league system in saves twice. In four seasons as a reliever, Campbell was 11-16 with 46 saves and an ERA of 3.89, with 227 strikeouts in 215 1/3 innings.
At Douglas County High School, Campbell was an all-state shortstop and ranks 8th all-time with 63 hits in a season. He was also named County Player of the Year in both football and baseball as a senior.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career, he spent two years as an assistant at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City under his father, Brad Campbell.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Jeremy “J.B” Brotherton enters his first season on the Georgia Perimeter staff. Brotherton comes to GPC after five seasons at Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga., where he was an assistant coach under the direction of his father, Bob Brotherton. While at Dalton his teams won two region championships and one region runner-up title. He trained with the best—his father served as head coach at the collegiate level for 20 years with stints at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as well as Chattanooga State Community College.
Brotherton is a native from Ringgold, Ga. and a graduate from Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Ga., where his number is retired and he still holds many offensive single-season records as well as career records. He started his college playing career at the University of Georgia, where he was Brett Campbell’s roommate, but after a redshirt season transferred to Chattanooga State Community College. While at Chattanooga State in 2002, Brotherton was first team all-conference and first team all-state shortstop. He batted over .400 and holds the school’s single season record for walks with 50.
Brotherton then transferred to Kennesaw State University, where he was a three-year starter at second base. In 2003 Kennesaw State finished third in the College World Series. In 2005 during his senior season at KSU, Brotherton lead the team in hits with 85 and doubles with 23. He hit .379 his senior season and was a career .333 hitter at KSU. Also in 2005, KSU led the nation in double plays turned with a total of 73 and Brotherton was involved in 42. He finished his playing career with two seasons of independent minor league baseball in the Frontier League with the Chillicothe Paints.
Brotherton also coached two summers in the prestigious collegiate league of the Shenandoah Valley. He coached the Front Royal Cardinals with Bob Brotherton in 2007 and 2008. Their teams went to the playoffs and led the league in stolen bases.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Brock Bennett is in his first season at GPC, joining the Jaguars after serving last year as head coach of the Lovett Lions Middle School team, where he led them to a league runner-up finish.
Bennett is a 2006 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School in Tucker, Ga. He completed his collegiate baseball career at The University of Alabama as the team's primary catcher. He was then drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB draft.
At Alabama Bennett played in 118 games with 103 starts. Posting a career batting average of .314, he finished his career tied for first with 28 career sacrifice bunts. Bennett was a versatile player at Alabama, making starts at third base, second base, right field and designated hitter, but most of his starts came as the teamís catcher (97 games).
In 2011 he hit .338 in 59 games and set the Alabama single-season record for sacrifice bunts with 21, which was fourth in the country. He also led the team in stolen bases. Behind the plate he sported the teamís highest fielding percentage at .992, and didnít make an error behind the plate while catching every SEC game. He was named 2011 CSS SEC Defensive Player of the Year and also was named to the Johnny Bench Award Midseason Watch List.
Hitting .346 in SEC play in 2010, Bennett was a three-time Player of the Week selection by the Alabama coaching staff. He also was named to the 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team. In his first career SEC start against No. 16 Vanderbilt, he collected eight straight hits and had a .727 batting average for the series. He was named College Baseball 360 National Player of the week after going 10-17, including a go-ahead RBI and a walk-off hit against Mississippi State.
Athletic Training Consultant
In his sixth season with the Jaguars as athletic training consultant, Don Adams brings a wealth of experience to the program. He played baseball for the University of Georgia and football for legendary Bulldogs coach Wally Butts—and he’s stayed connected to athletics ever since.
Adams has been athletic trainer consultant and volunteer assistant coach in football, basketball, baseball and softball. He has served at The Marist School, East Atlanta, Rockdale County, Clarkston H.S., Redan H.S. and Social Circle H.S. When Georgia Perimeter College was known as DeKalb Community College, he was athletic training consultant, volunteer associate coach and recruiter.
Currently the president and founder of Advanced Heart Technologies, Inc., and owner and operator of Old South Farms Hunting Preserve, Inc., Adams enjoys the hobbies of hunting, fishing and shooting. He and his wife, Carol, have three children: Don Jr., Robin and Brad.