At the college level, pitching is the key to winning, and Coach Jon Copeland has brought in an award-winning pitcher from Central Florida who will make the Eagles even more competitive on the mound.

Thomas J. Simpson IV — Clearwater, FL 

Tommy is a graduate of Lakeside Christian School, where he played his final two years of high-school ball with the Lions after transferring from Keswick Christian School (Seminole, Florida). He played varsity all four years of high school. Tommy played for Coach James Coffman at Lakeside, and he is the son of Mr. Tom and Mrs. Renee Simpson. He graduated with a 3.65 GPA.

Tommy earned distinctive honors each year. As a freshman, he and his team won a district title. Tommy followed up with a complete-game no-hitter as a sophomore while earning Player of the Game honors three times. He was Lakeside’s MVP in 2017, the same year he repeated as Tampa Bay Times All-Pinellas County Baseball Team Honorable Mention. He also made the 2017 Perfect Game 17U Southeast Championship All-Tournament Team. As a senior in 2018, Tommy repeated as Lakeside’s High School Offensive MVP.

In 2018, Tommy batted .415 with 12 RBI. A year earlier, he had Perfect Game’s Southeast Championship’s best ERA and third-best strike percentage and was ranked eighth out of 167 pitchers overall. Tommy has played baseball since age five, including many travel-ball teams, Hardball, Florida Central Cubs, and The Great White Sharks.

Tommy expressed his goals of attending Trinity Baptist College: “I am looking forward to growing, maturing and receiving a first class education and enjoying the college experience,” he said. “After college, I hope to continue with my baseball career. If not, I look forward to entering the business world.” His life verse is Proverbs 18:13, which says, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Let us extend our warmest welcomes to our newest Eagle, Tommy Simpson.