Asheboro hires baseball coach from Bunker Hill

Brad Rudisell (Courtesy photo)

ASHEBORO – Brad Rudisill has been hired as the next baseball coach at Asheboro High School, anxious to reap the benefits of the area’s rich youth baseball environment.

Rudisill has been on the Bunker Hill baseball staff for the past three seasons, including the past two as head coach.

He said he’s impressed with the commitment and facilities, both on campus and at McCrary Park, connected to Asheboro’s baseball program.

“They didn’t leave any stone unturned,” he said. “Just a lot of commitment to excellence. The people were really passionate about Asheboro.”

He fills the vacancy left with the resignation of Brett Hoogkamp after the past season. The Blue Comets went 9-17 this year.

Rudisell, 35, said there’s importance that comes with offseason work “in building that culture.”

His coaching background includes time as pitching coach for Montreat College and head coach at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C. Then he spent four seasons in charge at Class 4A school Davie County, with his 2018 team going 22-4.

Bunker Hill, a Class 2A school with underclassmen dominating the roster, went 9-12 and 6-14 the past two seasons.

Rudisill said he became more in tune with Asheboro and the area’s baseball prowess through a connection with first-year Providence Grove coach Shane Worth.

“I had always known of Randolph County and the baseball there and Randleman and what they’ve done,” Rudisell said. “You hear about the good talent in this area. To be in an area that really supports baseball, everything is building up to having success.”

When Rudisill became Davie County’s coach, he replaced Bobby Byerly. That vacancy came when Byerly took a position as middle school athletics director at Uwharrie Ridge in Randolph County.

Rudisill played in high school at Bandys and then went to Rockingham Community College to play baseball. He graduated from Appalachian State.

He was an assistant coach in South Pointe’s football program while at that school.

Like at Bunker Hill, Rudisell will teach exceptional children at Asheboro. At previous stops, he was a physical education teacher. He’ll live in High Point.

By Bob Sutton