Aaron Rembert enters his fifth season as head coach of the Mars Hill baseball program.
In 2017, the Lions had a 29-21 overall record including 14-9 in league play. This is the third year in a row that the program has had a winning record. The 4th place finish was the best since 2010. It was also the first time the Lions made the conference tournament in eight years. The pitching staff led the conference in ERA (4.36) for the first time in school history and offensively led the conference in Stolen Bases (85) for the third year in a row. Also, the Lions had an All-American in back-to-back years (Evan Rogers-2016 & Hunter Merrill-2017) and Zac Brown broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (81). Three players were honored for postseason awards; Zac Brown (Honorable-Mention All-Conference, Gold Glove)-Brett Brubaker (2nd Team All-Conference, Honorable Mention All-Region)- Hunter Merrill (1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-American). In the classroom, the team GPA is over a 3.0 and they volunteer at Mars Hill Elementary and with the Lord’s Harvest.
In 2016, the Lions had its second 30-win season in school history finishing 30-18 which was eight more wins than the previous year. In Rembert’s four years at the helm, the Lions have improved from 10 wins to 30 this past year. For the second straight year the team led the conference in stolen bases and set a new school record with 94. Evan Rogers set numerous season and career records and was named the SAC Player of Year, which is the first time a Lion has won that honor in school history. Records that were broken in 2016 include: shut outs (4); stolen bases (94); second in homeruns (55); winning percentage (.625); and wins (30). Right-handed pitcher Patrick Riehl became the first Lion since 1988 to be taken in the MLB draft and was taken in the 26th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Shortstop Evan Rogers signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies right after the draft.
In 2015, the Lions had their best season under Coach Rembert finishing 22-20. The pitching staff set the school record for ERA (4.55) in a season and freshman pitcher Zac Brown tied a school record, with former Lion great Nick Tracy, for wins in a season with seven. The Lions also led the conference in stolen bases and tallied the most steals since 2002, with 80. Offensively, the team batting average has almost gone up 30 points in two years and the Lions finished the season with a .304 average. Mars Hill was led offensively by All-SAC selections outfielder Ray Carolina (.407) and shortstop Evan Rogers (.359).
In 2014, Mars Hill improved its win total by eight games over the previous season while finishing in seventh place in the South Atlantic Conference after being picked to finish last in the preseason poll. The pitching staff had its lowest ERA since 2008 and has reduced its walk total by 126 in a two-year span. Offensively, the Lions raised their batting average by 26 points and had the highest stolen base mark since 2008. The team recorded a .961 fielding percentage, which is one of the highest in school history. Infielder Evan Rogers and pitcher Caleb Edwards earned All-Conference honors.
Rembert was named the new head baseball coach at Mars Hill on June 14, 2012.
Rembert came to MHC after a three-year stint at his alma mater, UNC Asheville where he served as the Bulldogs pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Asheville hurlers improved each year under Rembert's steady guidance. In 2012, the Bulldogs enjoyed their lowest earned run average as a unit in nine years. In 2012, UNCA right-handed pitcher, Ryan Dull, was drafted in the 32nd round by Oakland. He is now a relief pitcher for the Oakland A's. In 2012, UNCA had a pitcher drafted in the 32nd round by Oakland. The Bulldogs were picked to finish last in the Big South Conference in the 2012 preseason poll and finished tied for fourth, their second best regular season finish in school history.
In 2010, UNCA had one Big South All-Conference pick from the Bulldogs' pitching staff and one pitcher signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants.
Rembert served as the top assistant coach at Mars Hill for four years before coming back to the Bulldogs in the summer of 2009. He was one of the best pitchers ever at UNC Asheville as a member of the Bulldog program from 2000-2004.
During his Mars Hill career, Rembert guided the pitching staffs to the all-time lowest team ERA in Mars Hill history. He coached the Lions all-time wins leader (Justin Hall) and all-time saves and ERA leader (Charlie Harrison). Rembert was the third base coach during the record setting 2008 season when the Lions set multiple offensive school records including most runs scored, RBI, doubles, batting average, on-base percentage, and sacrifice flies. He also served as Mars Hill's recruiting coordinator, head coach of the junior varsity squad and was in charge of the strength and conditioning program for the baseball team.
Rembert was both a starter and reliever during his time at Asheville. He is the school's all-time leader in wins with 24 and third in appearances with 86. In his freshman year, he went 9-5 and the nine wins is the second-most in school history for a season. Rembert was named as a freshman All-American following the 2000 season for his work on the mound.
After playing at UNC Asheville, Rembert signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. He also played summer league baseball with the North Adams Steeplecats of the New England Collegiate League (2003), Mat-su Miners of the Alaska League (2002), and the Lenoir Oilers of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League (2001).
During his stellar career at Maiden High School (N.C.), Rembert was the State I-A Player of the Year in 1999. During the 1999 campaign, he was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the State Championship game, Conference Player of the Year, named an Honorable Mention All-American, made the All-Charlotte Observer team, and named Unifour Player of the Year. At Maiden, Rembert was a two-time All-Conference and team MVP as a shortstop and a pitcher. He won 20 games during his junior and senior seasons and recorded a 1.04 earned run average his senior year.
Rembert and his wife Angela have two daughters, Raegan (age 8) and Rylee (4) and a son, Reid (1). Angela is a teacher at Madison County High School.