Associate Head Coach
Ben Jackson is entering his third season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Montevallo baseball program.
Jackson arrived at Montevallo after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico for two years under head coach Brian Green.
Jackson, a native of Rome, Georgia, started his coaching career as he spent four years working with Green at the University of Kentucky. Jackson was serving as Kentucky's bullpen coordinator from 2009-14.
Jackson joined Green at New Mexico State in 2014, working with catchers and serving as the first base coach. Jackson also assisted pitching coach Joel Mangrum with the pitchers and served as the camp coordinator at New Mexico State.
During his time at Kentucky, Jackson helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances, including a school-record 45-win season in 2012. During the 2012 season, Kentucky boasted a pair of freshman All-America selections, as well as Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Austin Cousino.
Jackson helped mentor one of the top players in the history of college baseball during the 2014 season in unanimous National Player of the Year A.J. Reed. Reed swept all the national awards during a record-breaking season, leading the NCAA in homers, slugging and OPS, while also leading the Southeastern Conference in pitching victories.
Jackson transferred to Kentucky in 2010 from Armstrong Atlantic State University after pitching two seasons for the Pirates in the Peach Belt Conference. Jackson was charged with several responsibilities, including assisting in the management of the office, coordinating video scouting and development, assisting in planning and executing practice plans and serving as the assistant director of Kentucky's camp program.
During the 2013 and 2014 summer, Jackson served as the pitching coach for the Victoria Harbourcats in the West Coast Collegiate League.
Jackson earned his degree from the University of Kentucky in 2013 in history, with a minor in geography. In high school he attended the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, before serving as a right-handed relief pitcher for two seasons at Armstrong Atlantic State.
Franklin Bush is in first season as an assistant coach at Montevallo after spending the 2018 season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Falcons.
Before Montevallo, Bush was a volunteer assistant at the University at Buffalo. While with UB, Bush helped coach hitting and the infielders.
Bush also served as an assistant coach for his alma mater Blackburn College for one season working with hitting and infielders. While coaching the hitters at Blackburn, Bush helped five players earn All-Conference honors and two earned All-Region. Under Bush, the Beavers were ranked second in the conference in hitting statistical categories.
Bush also spent a season coaching hitters and infielders for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The Nitros led the league in hits, runs, RBIs, extra base hits, slugging percentage, and batting average under Bush. He also helped guide five All-League hitters and earned one national Hitter of the Week.
Bush also spent a season as assistant head coach at Central Springs High School in Iowa where he was nominated for the 2AAssistant Coach of the Year Award.
A three-year starter at Blackburn College, Bush batted a career .305 batting average and boasted a career best .360 batting average in his junior season. Bush was named Most Valuable Player and All-conference honors during his time with the Beavers. He also earned All-Sportsmanship team honors during his playing career at Blackburn.
Bush earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Blackburn College in 2014. In 2015 Bush graduated from Auburn University with a Master’s degree in Adult education. While pursuing his graduate degree at Auburn, Bush also worked with Olympic Sport Recruiting at the university.