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Baseball at CCS

The CCS baseball program has a long resume of players continuing their careers at the DI, DII, and DIII levels. In the last 28 years, CCS has had only 3 head coaches. The baseball program is looking forward to the new indoor hitting facility that will help them continue to develop athletes to their full potential. Athletes compete at the varsity and junior varsity level in both High School and Middle School. 

Accolades:
  • Region Championship: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Region Runner-Up: 2017
  • District Championship: 2002, 2005, 2015, 2018, 2019
 
Ben Wharton 
Head Coach

Ben Wharton is in his fourth year as the head baseball coach at Chattanooga Christian. A 2003 graduate of CCS, Wharton earned all state baseball honors in 2003 and was a pitcher and a shortstop on the Charger's 2002 and 2003 state tournament teams. Wharton continued his baseball career at Bryan College where he still holds the career record in stolen bases. During his time at Bryan as an outfielder, Wharton earned all-region honors in 2006 and 2007, led the NAIA in stolen bases in 2006, and earned a Gold Glove in 2007. 

Upon graduating from Bryan with a degree in history, Wharton spent two years playing independent minor league baseball, first for the Bay Area Toros in 2007 and then for the Reno Silver Sox in 2008. After retiring from professional baseball, Wharton started his coaching career at Covenant College. During his time at Covenant, Wharton earned his masters degree in Sports Management, coached two All-Americans, and helped lead the Scots to their first NCAA tournament berth in 2014.

Since taking over the Chargers program in 2016, Wharton has helped lead the Chargers to two district regular season championships, one district tournament championship, and two state tournament berths, advancing to the Elite 8 in 2018. Wharton has also twice been named District Coach of the Year and coached John Rhodes, a 3 time all state athlete and two time Mr. Baseball Finalist.

Wharton teaches middle school history at CCS. Wharton and his wife Stephanie have been married for 13 years and they have three boys (Zeke 8, Josiah 6, Luke 2), with a fourth boy arriving this fall. The Wharton family lives on Lookout Mountain and they attend Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Coaches

List of 3 members.

Middle School Baseball

CCS Middle School athletic programs offer both varsity and junior varsity levels for most athletic programs. Teams are determined by tryouts that evaluate our young players on physical ability, fundamental skills, game understanding and comprehension, attitude, effort, and much more. Our JV teams are designed to develop young athletes with a commitment to growing fundamentals and skill sets, game understanding, and work ethic. The Varsity teams are designed to prepare athletes for the High School level with an advanced approach to developing fundamentals and game understanding.