Jernigan takes over Tate baseball

Jernigan takes over Tate baseball

He's never had the "T" on his hat before, but Karl Jernigan sure knows a lot about Tate baseball. A star player at Milton, he's been an assistant coach for the past 12 years at Milton and Pace.

Jernigan now gets his first crack as a head coach for the rival Aggies, replacing the retiring Greg Blackmon. He's experienced every level of baseball as a player.

A four-year starter at Florida State, Jernigan was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and played two years of pro ball. His greatest moment as player still carries a huge impact for him.

Jernigan hit an extra inning homer at the 1999 College World Series that put FSU in the National Championship Game. As for his success in coaching, Jernigan credits a lot of mentors along the way, but he said the biggest impact came from football Coach Mickey Lindsey at Pace.

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