Tim is the founder of the Upper Deck Baseball/Softball Training Center in Beckley, West Virginia. For the past 37 years, Tim has been dedicated to the sport of baseball and brings a wealth of professional baseball experience to his position as Field Manager of the West Virginia Miners.
1981 – 1983 Tim pitched for National Power North Carolina Methodist College where they finished #3 and #5 in the country.
1985 – 1990 Professional Baseball Umpire
1996 – 2000 Field Manager, Liberty High School; Led the baseball program to its first Sectional Championship. In five seasons, Tim compiled a 101-32 record.
2001 – 2008 Head Coach, West Virginia Tech Baseball Program; During those seven years, WVU beat 32 nationally ranked teams. One of the victories was against #1 ranked Emery Riddle, who ended up as runner-up in the NAIA College World Series. His pitching staff was consistently ranked among the top five programs in the country. His pitching staff pitched three no-hitters in three consecutive years.
2008 – In the fall of 2008, Coach Epling founded the Upper Deck Baseball / Softball Training Center with the intent to bring a unique approach of baseball/softball development to southern West Virginia. Coach Epling often travels around the United States speaking to players and coaches. In addition, Tim trains various elite players and develops comprehensive programs on pitching and hitting for coaches at all levels of instruction.
2010-present: Entering the 2017 Prospect League season, Tim remains the only manager in the Miners’ franchise history and his teams have left nothing but a trail of success through his first seven years at the helm including reaching postseason play six times while making five appearances in the Prospect League Championship Series. Among those four appearances, he piloted the Miners to back-to-back Prospect League titles in 2012 and 2013 before adding the franchise’s third Prospect League Championship in 2016, going undefeated through both postseason playoff rounds.