MACON, Ga. – First Presbyterian Day School has named Denny Bryant as its new head baseball coach, announced March 24, 2014 in a team meeting. He will begin his tenure following the 2014 season when current head coach Jim Turner steps down.

Athletic Director Greg Moore said Bryant emerged as the right choice after a very lengthy and thorough search process.

“I’m excited to have Denny Bryant coming on board to lead our baseball program,” Moore said. “Denny’s knowledge of the game, understanding of the school’s mission and ability to build strong relationships make him a great fit for our school.”

A familiar face in the community, Bryant has served as an assistant coach at Westside High School and Jones County High School, the latter under Greyhound head baseball coach and FPD basketball and baseball standout Barry Veal.

“I have known Denny for many years and have had the privilege of having him work on my staff in our program,” Veal said. “He has an excellent baseball mind and is a fantastic teacher of the game. He works tremendously hard and both students and teachers enjoy working with him.”

Bryant has an extensive background in the game, playing collegiately for Mercer University in 1998 and finishing his career at Valdosta State University from 1999-2002, where he earned his bachelors and masters degree.

The decision to hire Bryant has also drawn appeal at the collegiate level. Brent Shade, the associate head coach of the Mercer baseball team, said Bryant will represent the school well.

“Denny’s knowledge and passion for baseball will be a huge asset for FPD,” Shade said. “FPD made a great hire. He will be a good representation of what the school stands for on and off the field.”

Along with his baseball duties, Bryant will assist in the physical education department at the school.

“He will be a very positive presence for our students and baseball family as we transition to a new direction for our program this summer and into next fall,” Moore said. “He has put in his time at all levels of baseball and I know he will do very well.”