BGA picks former Vanderbilt player as next football coach

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 3:23pm
Staff reports

Battle Ground Academy hired former Vanderbilt player Roc Batten as its football coach on Thursday.

Batten was the choice from a pool of more than 60 applicants to succeed Marty Euverard, who left last month to take the same position at Montgomery Bell Academy.

“We had an incredible pool of applicants ranging from long-time head coaches to college coaches. Roc quickly emerged as the leading candidate,” John Griffith, BGA head of school said. ““He has all of the attributes we were seeking in a head coach. He has a proven track record on the field of helping student-athletes maximize their abilities.”

Batten was the defensive coordinator at Ensworth School, where he had worked in numerous roles, including director of service learning, since 2005. Prior to that he was on the staff at MBA.

He was a part of state championship teams both places.

Batten holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt, where he played defensive back from 1995-97. He later spent two seasons (2001, 2002) as a coach with the Commodores.

“BGA has a long and storied tradition of success on the football field and is recognized as a leading independent school in Middle Tennessee,” Batten said. “I am honored to join the staff and look forward to coaching a great group next year. I have coached against these kids and know firsthand that we will be competing hard and making BGA proud of our football program.”