|Jarvis' Head Coaching Records|
Belmont (1998-): 434-391-1
Three Rivers (1985-93): 324-152-0
Head Coach Dave Jarvis enters his 16th season at the helm of the Belmont baseball team after the program’s two most successful campaigns in 2011 and 2012. Leading Bruin baseball to consistently excel in the classroom while competing at the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference for the past 15 years, Jarvis and his Belmont squad will begin a new adventure in 2013 as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Jarvis led Belmont baseball team left the A-Sun on a high note, winning back-to-back league championships in its final two opportunities. In 2012, the Bruins won both the regular season and tournament Atlantic Sun Titles, finishing with a program best 39 wins. Belmont earned a berth to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season, playing in a pair of close games against national power Oregon State (2-1) and Louisiana Monroe (6-3) on the campus of LSU.
The 2012 Bruins set a number of Belmont and A-Sun records, including the aforementioned new BU standard for victories after finishing the season 39-14. Belmont’s 17-10 conference mark, after sweeping cross-town rival Lipscomb to end the regular season, gave the Bruins their first A-Sun Regular Season Championship in program history. BU’s .630 winning percentage in league games was the best ever for Belmont since joining the conference in 2002.
Seven individuals earned A-Sun postseason honors under Jarvis’s tutelage in 2012, the most ever since joining the league. Junior Chase Brookshire was a unanimous first team selection at starting pitcher, while senior captain Zac Mitchell also earned first team honors. Juniors Judah Akers and Drew Turner received second team accolades at designated hitter and outfield, respectively, while Scott Moses, Matt Beaty, and Austin Coley were all named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Following the team’s second straight tournament championship, Mitchell and Turner were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Akers received MVP honors.
Jarvis led the 2011 Belmont Baseball Team to six straight wins
towards the end of the season, including all four conference
tournament tilts en route to earning the program's first ever
Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. The Bruins earned their
first ever berth to the NCAA Tournament, defeating Oklahoma State
and Troy for the University’s first ever NCAA Championship
victories in any sport. Belmont set program records of 38
wins, 428 runs scored, 396 RBI, and 646 hits during the historic
2011 run. During the 2011 campaign, Jarvis was named the Tennessee
Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year.
Many players continued the long-standing individual success under Jarvis in 2011, as Nate Woods, Matt Hamann, and Dylan Craig were named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team, Chase Brookshire earned Second Team honors, and Greg Brody received All-Freshman Team accolades. After sweeping through the conference tournament, Zac Mitchell, Matt Zeblo, and Brookshire were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Derek Hamblen was named the Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP.
Off the field, the Bruins are coming off their best year in terms of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) while listing a remarkable 16 players on the Academic All-Atlantic Sun list. In the 2010 APR release, Belmont baseball reported a score of 986 - nearly 30 points above the national baseball average. The score ranked among the highest percent of all baseball programs competing in NCAA Division I. Following the 2012 regular season, Matt Hamann, Chase Brookshire, and Judah Akers were named to the inaugural A-Sun All-Academic Team, which honors student-athletes who excel on and off the field.
Jarvis has seen eight players drafted in the last six years. Since Belmont has been a member of the Atlantic Sun, Jarvis has coached 44 All-Atlantic Sun Conference selections (14 First Team, 17 Second Team, 13 All-Freshman), 180 Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference selections and 26 Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honorees.
In 2010, Belmont Baseball garnered national acclaim for a program-best 10-0 start to the season. The Bruins were one of only five programs in America to start 10-0 or better. Belmont also recorded a victory over nationally-ranked Western Kentucky.
Five Bruins received All-Atlantic Sun recognition that season, with Nate Woods and Jon Ivie earning First Team honors. Outfielder Dylan Craig was named Second Team All-Atlantic Sun, while left handed pitcher Chase Brookshire was named to the All-Freshman Team. Woods was also named to the ABCA All-South Region Team in 2011 after setting new program marks in single-season home runs (20) and runs batted in (78). Woods was joined by Ivie, Craig, Derek Hamblen and Packy Elkins on the SEBaseball.com Atlantic Sun Honor Roll Team.
Elkins was later drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 Major League Baseball Entry Draft, becoming the latest in a long line of Jarvis players selected in the pros. In Belmont's 56-year baseball history, 10 of the Bruins' 27 total MLB Draft selections have been taken since Jarvis arrived in Nashville in 1998.
Back in 2009, the Bruins returned to the Atlantic Sun Tournament Semifinals for the third consecutive season behind the potent pair of record-setting veteran infielder Derek Wiley and up-and-coming outfielder Dylan Craig. Wiley graduated owning six Belmont career batting records and the Atlantic Sun record for career homeruns (58). Craig was the first Bruin since Wiley to earn A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors after setting a Belmont single-season record of 92 hits. The Chattanooga southpaw maintained the second-longest hitting streak in Belmont history at 26-games and capped off his impressive debut season in blue and red being named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball.
Under Jarvis' tutelage Belmont's presence in MLB Draft continued in the 2009 offseason as junior second baseman Daniel Wagner and Wiley were selected - the fourth time in five years two Bruins had been drafted. Wagner was the second-earliest Bruin all-time taken in the draft after the Chicago White Sox grabbed him in the 16th round, while the Atlanta Braves picked Wiley in the 31st round.
In 2008, the Bruins posted 25 wins and made the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the third time in school history. Belmont posted wins over Tennessee, as well as 2008 NCAA Tournament participants Lipscomb and Western Kentucky. Carlo Testa was named to the A-Sun First Team as a starting pitcher and outfielder, the first dual-threat All-Conference performer in conference history. Catcher Matt Zeblo and dual-threat outfielder/pitcher Nate Woods were named to the All-Freshman team. Testa and infielder Derek Wiley, who was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team, were selected in the 2008 Entry Draft. Testa was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round and Wiley in the 50th round by the Oakland Athletics.
In 2007, Jarvis earned his 600th career victory after leading the Bruins to a then program-record of 34 wins, a berth in the Atlantic Sun Championship finals, and a fourth winning season in the last five years. With a league record of 16-11 the Bruins earned a No. 3 seed its second A-Sun Tournament appearance, eliminating top-seed and host No. 23 Stetson, 18-5, before losing the championship game to Jacksonville - one win short of the Bruins' first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The history-making roster included five Atlantic Sun All-Conference performers - pitcher Charles Lee, infielder Matt Reynolds, outfielders Kane Simmons and Wilson Tucker and designated hitter Derek Wiley.
Ben Petsch and Wilson Tucker's wave of success in 2007 led all
the way to the MLB Draft; Petsch in the 19th round to the Minnesota
Twins and Tucker a 33rd-round selection to the Kansas City Royals.
Simmons was named the 2007 Golden Baseball League Spalding Rookie
of the Year in September and signed with the Colorado Rockies.
Tucker was named the MVP of the Burlington Royals, a Single A minor
league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in August 2007.
Reynolds was signed by the Evansville Otters of the Frontier
2006 saw two players earn first team All-Conference, while Wiley was named the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year as well as a member of Collegiate Baseball's Freshmen All-American squad. Several other players earned weekly honors from the Atlantic Sun Conference throughout the season as well.
Relief pitcher Blake Owen set a single-season Belmont record of 13 saves while posting an ERA of 0.81 under the direction of Jarvis in 2005. Owen, a Vanderbilt transfer, earned First Team All-Conference in his lone season at Belmont and went on to be the highest Bruin selected in the MLB Draft during the NCAA era. After his junior year as a Bruin Owen was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round (183rd overall).
Former Belmont pitcher Justin Jordan reached the AAA level after being drafted out of Belmont in 2005. Later, Owen had a successful professional season in 2006 after posting a 7-4 record with a 3.81 ERA at Class A Delmarva. Cody Blackard played a key role for the Evansville Otters, as they won the Frontier League Championship.
In 2005, Jarvis led the Bruins to their third consecutive winning season, and their seventh in his eight years at Belmont. The team finished 28-26, including a 13-11 road record. The Bruins defeated in-state rival Tennessee for the second straight season.
In 2004, the Bruins posted 31 wins - which was then the most wins in school history - but fell short of the conference tournament with a 13-17 league record. For the second consecutive season the Bruins tied a program record as 21 players were named Academic All-Conference.
Jarvis garnered Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year honors in 2003 after leading the Bruins to a 10-win improvement in conference play while earning the program's first Atlantic Sun Tournament bid. Posting a 9-20 league record in Belmont's 2002 inaugural season in the Atlantic Sun, Jarvis righted the ship in 2003 with a fourth-place finish and a 19-14 A-Sun record. Two Bruins earned All-Conference nods and two others were named Academic All-District by CoSIDA.
Belmont baseball's strong academic standing was further anchored by the program's first Academic All-America selection Josh Brummett, a First Team selection in 2003-04 and a Third Team selection in 2001-02. Dan Soukup was the second Bruin baseball player to be named Academic All-America, landing on the Third Team in 2003-04.
Jarvis captured his first win over a ranked opponent in 2001 after knocking off eventual College World Series participant Georgia in Athens, Ga. In 2003, the Bruins defeated No. 17 Florida Atlantic on the road, followed by defeating two more ranked teams in 2004, besting No. 23 Tennessee and No. 30 Florida Atlantic.
Throughout his tenure as a head coach, a total of 44 players have signed professional baseball contracts including four players who have made it to the major league level: Bart Evans (Kansas City), Jimmy Hurst (Detroit), Chuck Malone (Philadelphia), and Alan Mahaffey (Chicago NL).
Jarvis fine-tuned his coaching ability with a nine-year stint as head coach at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., from 1985-93. With Jarvis at the helm the Raiders were consistently ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association top-20 poll, highlighted by a No. 4 ranking in 1992. He was a three-time selection as Coach of the Year for the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference, as well as garnering Coach of the Year honors for women's basketball.
Jarvis broke into NCAA Division I baseball as an assistant with Murray State in the fall of 1993, where he was hired by current Belmont Athletic Director, Mike Strickland. At Murray, he was primarily responsible for the instruction of hitters and catchers as well as teaching base running skills. Jarvis also used his extensive junior college network to create a recruiting pipeline for the Thoroughbreds.
Jarvis finished his playing career at Arkansas State as the starting catcher and team captain. The Missouri native earned a bachelor's degree in education and later received his master's in education, both at Arkansas State.
A dedicated family man, Jarvis has three growing sons, Jordan, Logan, and Jackson. The family resides in Franklin, Tenn.