After leading Shelton State to a third place finish in the Junior College World Series in 2012, head coach Bobby Sprowl is now entering his twenty-ninth season at the helm of the Buccaneer baseball program.
Sprowl, the 2012 ACCC Coach of the Year, has led the Shelton State program to the Junior College World Series in four of the last eight seasons. Shelton State’s exciting brand of baseball has drawn national attention through Sprowl’s tradition of success.
In 2009, Sprowl celebrated a milestone in his career when he was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was also honored recently by being named to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide’s All-Century Team.
Coach Sprowl’s college career began at the University of Alabama. He was recognized as a second team All-American and consensus All-SEC in 1977. HI 11.50 strkeouts per nine-inning led the NCAA in 1977. After his college career, Sprowl enjoyed an eight-year professional baseball career with the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. Sprowl, the number two pick of the Boston Red Sox in the June 1977 free agent draft, was a member of the 1978 team that lost a one-game American League Eastern Division playoff to the New York Yankees on Bucky Dent’s famous three-run homer over the green monster at Fenway Park. On June 13, 1979, Sprowl was traded to the Houston Astros. While an Astro, Sprowl played on two Western Division championship teams (1980 and 1981).
Sprowl is married to the former Teresa Gibson. He has two sons, Jon Mark and Trevor, and a daughter, Graceson.