NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University head baseball coach Dave Jarvis announced Monday that Matt Barnett, assistant head coach and pitching coach, has resigned to accept a professional opportunity outside collegiate coaching.
Barnett, who spent nearly two decades as a member of Jarvis' staff, coached 27 Bruins who went on to earn selection in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Entry Draft or play professionally.
Belmont pitching reached new heights under Barnett's tutelage, most notably during the Bruins' magical runs to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012, which included victories over Oklahoma State and Troy on college baseball's biggest stage.
"Matt's contribution to Belmont University and our baseball program are difficult to measure," Jarvis said. "His many years of hard work, service, and dedication to the program have played such a big part in the development, establishment, and success of Belmont Baseball at the Division I level. The friendship that he and I have formed will always be very important to me. I'm excited for he and his family in this new chapter, and what it holds for such an outstanding man as Matthew."
All told, Barnett coached 18 all-conference pitchers, including Casey Queener in 2018. A decade ago, Carlo Testa became the first player in Atlantic Sun Conference history to earn first team all-conference honors as a pitcher and a position player.
More recently, Barnett was instrumental in the development of Nate Woods, Josh Davis, Chase Brookshire, James Buckelew, Austin Coley, Greg Brody, Dan Ludwig, Aaron Quillen, Chase Cunningham and Dylan King, all of whom went on to be drafted or play professionally.