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Belmont Baseball 2021 Digital Media Guide

Since 1953, Belmont has carried a proud tradition of excellence on and off the field. The Bruins have won over 1,300 games while carrying a number of academic accolades.

Belmont captured back-to-back Atlantic Sun Championships in 2011 and 2012.

Current head coach Dave Jarvis has lifted the program to new heights since his arrival in 1998. In addition to winning 649 games in his 23 years at Belmont, Jarvis has led the Bruins to three conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Head coach Dave Jarvis played a critical part in Belmont's transition to the NCAA.

Most recently, Belmont had a program record of 21 student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2020. The honor marked the eighth straight season where the Bruins had at least 10 student-athletes named to the honor roll.

Belmont Baseball claimed the OVC Baseball Team Academic Award in 2019.

Early Years

Belmont hired its "Mr. Baseball" in 1969. Dave Whitten earned five Coach of the Year honors and guided the Bruins to eight VSAC/TCAC division titles, leading Belmont to three straight conference titles from 1975-1977 and the first championships at Belmont in any sport. During the 1976 season, Belmont held a national ranking of No. 7 in NAIA.

Whitten is the all-time Belmont Baseball wins leader with 663 victories.

Spending 29 years at the helm of Belmont, Whitten was elected into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame. He was recognized by his peers in 1998 by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, who elected him into its Hall of Fame.

Whitten served as an honorary assistant coach at Belmont from 1998-2000.

Whitten obtained a then program-record 31 wins in his final season in 1997. Collecting a record of 663-455-7, Whitten became one of the most revered figures within the Nashville sports community.

New Heights

Hired in 1997, head coach Dave Jarvis successfully led the Bruins through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. Belmont had a winning record in each of the first four seasons as an NCAA Independent, capping off its final season as an independent in 2001 with a 30-win season, which included a win over then No. 13 ranked Georgia, who went on to play in the College World Series later that season.

Current head coach Dave Jarvis when he first arrived in 1997.

The beginning of the 2010's era saw Belmont's most successful seasons in program history. Jarvis helped the Bruins to back-to-back conference championships and NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2011 and 2012, winning a program-record of 39 games during the 2012 campaign. Jarvis helped the Bruins to three straight 38-win seasons from 2011-2013.

Jarvis motivating his team before the 2011 NCAA Regional in Nashville.

Not only has Jarvis lifted Belmont Baseball to new heights, but he is also in elite company in NCAA Division I baseball. Jarvis is one of 30 current coaches to accumulate 600 Division I wins, multiple conference championships and multiple NCAA Tournaments.

Jarvis has compiled a 649-595-2 record at Belmont heading into the 2021 season.

An inspirational coach with Belmont Athletics, Jarvis was elected into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. His 2016 and 2017 teams were ranked in the top10 nationally in four of NCAAs statistical categories and he has developed 28 Belmont players and 70 in his coaching career who have gone on to play professional baseball.

Coach Jarvis' Bio

Walk-Off University

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the remainder of the 2020 baseball season, Belmont exploded to one of the best starts in program history. The Bruins finished the year with a 14-3 record, reaching the top 20 in NCAA Baseball for win-loss percentage. The 2020 team also became the first Bruin Baseball team since 2001 to reach 10 wins by March 3.

In addition to the red-hot start, Belmont obtained five walk-off wins during the 2020 season. It started on Feb. 21 against Missouri State, where Hagan Severance hit an 11th inning home run to defeat the Bears 1-0 in the Turface Classic.

The following day against Evansville, the Bruins were once again forced into extra innings. However, freshman Drew Lowry drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Belmont its second consecutive walk-off win.

Lowry came in the clutch once again the next day, coming up with the go-ahead RBI that allowed Belmont to defeat Bradley at Rose Park. It was the Bruins' third walk-off win in three days.

On March 1, Carson Shacklett's first career bomb came in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Belmont its fourth walk-off win of the season and the victory over UNC Asheville.

Down by five runs in the final game of the season against Toledo, Belmont climbed all the way back to tie it up heading into the ninth inning. Tommy Crider sealed the win for the Bruins, coming up with an RBI single up the middle to give Belmont the 8-7 victory.

Titles and Beyond

Winning 38 games in 2011, Belmont captured its first conference title by winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament as a No. 6 seed. The Bruins carried that momentum in the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first sport at Belmont to win an NCAA Tournament game when the Bruins defeated Oklahoma State and Troy in the Nashville Regional. Belmont's magical season would come to an end at the hands of Vanderbilt, who defeated the Bruins in the Regional Final.

Looking to defend its Atlantic Sun title in 2012, the Bruins won a program record of 39 games to win the regular season and tournament championship in addition to advancing to its second straight NCAA Tournament.

Belmont In Pro Baseball

Since 1962, Belmont has had 42 selections in the MLB Draft. Under head coach Dave Jarvis, 28 players from Belmont have gone on to play professional baseball, including 2020 World Series Champion Matt Beaty.

Jerry Bell was Belmont's first alum to play in the MLB. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1971-74. (Photo Courtesy: Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club)

An All-VSAC performer, Jerry Bell was drafted in the second round by the then Seattle Pilots (now Milwaukee Brewers) in 1969 and became the first Belmont baseball player to reach the Major Leagues. In four seasons with the Brewers, Bell compiled a 17-11 record with a career 3.28 ERA.

Dwight Bernard was the first Belmont alum to play in a World Series. He played in the Major Leagues from 1978-82 with the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers. (Photo Courtesy: Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club)

Dwight Bernard was named District Player of the Year in 1974. He currently ranks fourth in school history in earned run average at 1.39 and is tied for first in winning percentage. Bernard was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round in the 1974 MLB Draft and later pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matt Beaty (15') became the second Belmont alum to win a professional sports World Championship. (Photo Courtesy: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

The most recognizable MLB player from Belmont is current Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Matt Beaty. Beaty was selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round and 372nd overall in the 2015 MLB Draft. Beaty was a member of the 28-man 2020 playoff roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who defeated the Tampa Bay Rays four games to two in the World Series. The Dresden, Tenn. native is the second Belmont alum to win a World Championship in professional sports, with former Belmont Basketball player Ian Clark winning an NBA Championship in 2017 as a member of the Golden State Warriors. The former Bruin became the first Ohio Valley Conference player to be on a World Series champion roster since EKU's Earle Combs in 1943 when he was a member of the New York Yankees.

Beaty reached base in all three plate appearances in the 2020 NLCS. (Photo Courtesy: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

During the 2020 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Beaty reached base in all three plate appearances, becoming the first player in baseball history to reach base via hit by pitch twice in the same game as a non-starter. Beaty recorded 11 hits in the 2020 season with the Dodgers, collecting two home runs and five runs batted in. Beaty currently has a .375 career postseason batting average.

Matt Beaty played for Belmont from 2012-15, where he hit .317 for his career.

After being selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, Beaty became an MiLB.com Organization All-Star and earned the Texas League Player of the Year as a member of the Tulsa Drillers. Following his move to the Triple-A level with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Beaty became the first Belmont player to play in a Major League Baseball game since Dwight Bernard in 1978 when he made his Major League debut on April 30, 2019. Beaty finished his rookie season with a .265 batting average, adding nine home runs and 46 RBIs to help the Dodgers to the National League West Division Title. Beaty made the 25-man postseason roster, seeing action in all but one game in the National League Division Series against the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals.

At Belmont, Beaty started his collegiate career by earning a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team while helping the Bruins to its second NCAA Regional Appearance in program history in 2012. Holding a .352 batting average as a junior in 2014, Beaty capped off his collegiate career with All-OVC First Team honors as a senior in 2015. His .382 batting average with 12 home runs and 76 RBIs in 2015 also earned him a spot on the Second Team for the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger All-American teams, collecting ABCA All-South Region Second Team honors in the process. Beaty currently holds top 10 spots in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, at-bats, RBIs and walks in the Belmont Baseball career record book.

Drew Ferguson was selected by the New York Mets in the Rule 5 Draft in 2020.

Former Belmont Baseball player Drew Ferguson recently joined the New York Mets organization after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Ferguson has represented Belmont in professional baseball since 2015, having a career batting average of .293 and has compiled 492 hits with 234 RBIs. The Knoxville, Tenn. native competed for the Bruins from 2012-15, holding top 10 spots in three offensive categories in the program's all-time career record book. Starting out as a walk-on at Belmont, Ferguson helped the Bruins to its second NCAA Regional appearance in program history in 2012 while finishing his college career with a .338 batting average.

Jamie Ritchie has collected a .281 batting average, 200 RBIs and 24 home runs in his professional baseball career, most recently competing for the Round Rock Express at the Triple-A level. In 79 games with the Round Rock Express in 2019, Ritchie scored 46 runs and tallied 68 hits while collecting 33 RBIs. At Belmont, Ritchie holds a top 10 spot in career walks in the NCAA era in program history and became the first Belmont catcher to be drafted since 2007 when he was selected by the Astros in 2014.

Dylan King was one of two Belmont players selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Dylan King was selected in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. The standout right-handed hurler was an unstoppable force on the mound for the Bruins, earning 2017 OVC First Team Honors and 2018 Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors. His 108 punch outs in 2017 were the second-most any Bruin has recorded in a single season. He last appeared at the Single A level for the Burlington Bees in 2019. King has 48 career strikeouts and to go with a career batting average allowed of .190 in professional baseball.

Facilities On The Horizon

Belmont University recently got approval for the construction of a brand new, two-story practice facility for baseball. Over 9,000-square-feet, construction has already begun for the state-of-the-art facility.

The new baseball practice facility is projected to be finished by the 2022 season.

Directly adjacent to the Bruins' home park at Rose Park, the new facility includes top quality batting cages, locker rooms and training centers. Belmont currently uses Greer Stadium, the old home of the Nashville Sounds, for practice in addition to Rose Park. The new facility is projected to be completed by the 2022 season.

Model of Belmont Baseball's new practice facility.

From weight rooms, athletic training centers, fueling stations to academic centers, Belmont Athletics provides everything its student-athletes to perform at their best both on and off the field.

Coaching Staff

Associate Head Coach Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith enters his 12th season at Belmont and his second as associate head coach. Smith's main duties entail working with the infielders, hitters, coaching third base and heading up the recruitment of student-athletes. In addition, Smith assists with the camp instruction and the administration of the Belmont Fall Instructional League. In his first 11 years at Belmont, Smith has coached 29 First and Second Team All-Conference players, including two Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament MVPs. In all, 21 former Belmont players have gone on to play professional baseball since Smith arrived in Nashville. Smith helped Belmont's 2020 defense become one of the best in the OVC, leading the conference in putouts with 471 and tied for second in fielding percentage with a .970 mark. Offensively, Smith helped the Bruins reach the top half of the OVC in 14 offensive statistical categories while finishing the season receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 poll.

Assistant/Pitching Coach Caleb Longshore

Caleb Longshore was announced as a full-time assistant coach and pitching coach in June of 2018. Longshore’s main duties entail working with Belmont’s pitching staff, with Belmont's pitchers earning four All-OVC honors since his arrival. Longshore's pitching staff collected half of the OVC Pitcher of the Week honors in 2020, leading the conference in ERA with a 3.28 mark. The Bruins were second in the OVC in strikeouts with 156 on the season, helping Belmont to the 17th-highest win-loss percentage in NCAA Baseball with an .824 mark. Entering his third season, Longshore helped Belmont pitcher Kyle Brennan to five wins in 2020, where Brennan led all NCAA Baseball pitchers in victories.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Cale Hennemann

Cale Hennemann enters his second season with the Belmont baseball program as a Volunteer Assistant. In his role, Hennemann works with the outfielders and assisting the hitters in addition to helping out with the day-to-day operations with the program. In his first season at Belmont, Hennemann helped the Bruins reach the top half of the OVC in 14 offensive statistical categories. He also played a key role in helping Logan Jarvis finish in the top 15 for doubles and Jackson Campbell finish in the top 20 for home runs in all of NCAA Baseball. During the 2020 season, the Bruins posted the 17th-highest win-loss percentage in NCAA Baseball with an .824 mark. Hennemann comes to Nashville after wrapping up his collegiate career at the University of Memphis. He finished his senior season collecting 11 doubles and 39 RBIs, starting in all 55 of the Tigers’ games.

Community Involvement

The Belmont Baseball program takes tremendous pride in lending a helping hand to the Nashville community. The Bruins participate in annual events throughout the year to give back to the city.

The 2021 Belmont Baseball team helping out at the annual Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch.

The Bruins have made volunteering at the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch an annual event, helping unload thousands of pumpkins at the foundation's annual event. All of the profit from the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch goes straight to the Cooper Trooper Foundation to support the organization's mission of funding pediatric cancer research through a fund set up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

2020 Bruins with children from the annual Parkwood Clinics (Photo taken before COVID-19 Pandemic).

Belmont has regularly hosted Parkwood Clinics for kids involved with Parkwood Athletics to E.S. Rose Park. At the clinic, the Bruins' players and coaches lead the clinic with baseball drills, batting practices and a scrimmage with Nashville's inner city youth.

In December of 2019, sophomore Joshua South represented the baseball team on a Belmont Athletics mission trip to Belize. During Belmont's stay, the student-athletes served the people in Benque, Belize, the country's westernmost city, at Benque Nazarene Church. They used their gifts and skills by teaching sports to kids, helping with service projects and building relationships with the local Belizean people.

South plays basketball with kids from Belize

Academic Success

The 2019 Belmont Baseball team won the OVC Team Academic Award.

Belmont Baseball focuses on success on the field and in the classroom. The 2019 team won the OVC Team Academic Award for baseball, the second time since joining the OVC in 2013.

21 baseball players were named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2020.

Belmont Baseball had 21 student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll following the 2019-20 academic year, marking the eighth straight year where the team had 11 or more players carry a 3.25 GPA or higher. The 21 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll awards set a new program record for most academic awards by the OVC since joining the conference. In addition, 94% of Belmont's graduates secured employment or moved on to grad school within six months.

Assistant AD for Sport Operations/Baseball Academic Advisor Colette Keyser

Colette Keyser enters her 19th year with Belmont University's Department of Athletics. She serves as the academic advisor for the Belmont Baseball program in addition to serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Operations. In her role, Keyser meets regularly with student-athletes on course scheduling, strategies and academic goals for student-athlete success in the classroom.

Associate Athletic Director for Student Services/SWA Renee Schultz.

Renee Schultz begins her fifth year as Associate Athletic Director for Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator and has been on staff at Belmont for 17 years. She manages and oversees the extensive academic support programs offered to Belmont student-athletes which include weekly, one-on-one academic counseling sessions for new student-athletes, academic advising, tutoring and class scheduling.

Rose Park

Belmont University has partnered with Nashville’s Metro Board of Parks and Recreation to provide $8 million worth of enhancements to nearby E.S. Rose Park, which would also allow the university to lease space for athletics. Rose Park opened for play in April 2011. With a majestic view of the downtown Nashville skyline, the enhancements at Rose Park provides new resources for the Edgehill community and Belmont student-athletes, including accessible walking trails and softball, baseball, track and soccer fields.

E.S. Rose Park has been home to the Bruins since 2011.

In fact, in just its fourth-ever game at Rose Park, Belmont Baseball set a then NCAA record of 19 runs in the first inning against UT Martin. Rose Park also sparked the Bruins’ historic run to the Atlantic Sun Championship and a regional finalist showing in the 2011 NCAA Baseball Championships.

Belmont won its most games at Rose Park in 2013 with 24 wins at home.

The Metro Parks Board maintains the exclusive authority to schedule the use of the park and remains the sole owner of the park and its improvements. Utilizing the new sports fields and their accompanying concessions are neighbors from the Edgehill community, athletic teams from nearby public schools, the youth and adult recreational programs of Metro Parks, neighborhood churches, community groups, nonprofit sports organizations and Belmont University. The university also agreed to award eight full Belmont scholarships and two partial ones to students in the Edgehill community and help sponsor neighborhood little league baseball and softball teams.

Sports Performance

The Belmont Sports Performance staff utilizes a 1600-square-foot facility comprised of both free weights for power and Olympic lifting, as well as a variety of machines for more isolated movements. Recently renovated, the facility contains state-of-the-art equipment.

Belmont Athletics obtained new equipment in 2020.

Belmont's Sports Performance staff has a purpose to love, serve, and challenge student-athletes while preparing them to live and compete at their personal best. The staff trains these student-athletes in a manner that builds resiliency towards injury, increases athletic ability and enhances self-confidence.

Director of Sports Performance

Matt Frederick is beginning his second year as Director of Sports Performance at Belmont. Frederick made an immediate impact in his first year as head strength and conditioning coach, helping Belmont's men's and women's basketball and women's soccer teams to OVC Conference championships. Frederick brings a wealth of experience to Belmont, most recently serving as the director of athletic performance at Gardner-Webb University where he oversaw 22 sports and 450 student-athletes.

Graduate Assistant for Sports Performance Jack Gray
Graduate Assistant for Sports Performance Jarrett Thompson

Athletic Training

The Belmont Athletic Training staff is primarily responsible for the delivery of quality healthcare to all student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs at Belmont University. This care will be provided by the guidelines of the NATA through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses sustained during any practice or game.

Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedics oversees all athletic training services.

Founded by renowned surgeon and NFL physician Dr. Burton Elrod, Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedics oversees all preventative care, athletic training, and rehabilitation services for Belmont University Athletics and its student-athletes.

Belmont has seven athletic trainers working with 17 Bruin sports.

The Belmont Athletic Training department is housed in an 1860-square-foot space within the Curb Event Center. The facility is fully-equipped with a hydroroom, taping area, treatment and rehabilitation area, as well as physician’s office. Belmont’s 17 varsity sports are staffed by seven National Athletic Training Association certified athletic trainers.

Athletic Trainer for Baseball, Marley Bender.

Marley Bender is in her fourth year at Belmont and first as assistant athletic trainer. Bender serves as the point of contact for Bruin baseball and men's and women's golf. A native of Riverside, California, Bender earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from the State University of New York at Cortland. During that time, she supported the Cortland men's hockey, track & field, women's soccer, field hockey and softball programs.

Ohio Valley Conference

Now in its 72nd year, the Ohio Valley Conference continues to build on the success that has made it the nation's eighth-oldest NCAA Division I Conference.

Belmont has been a member of the OVC since the 2012-13 season.

In May 2011, the Conference expanded for the second time in four years, adding Belmont University, who began competition in the 2012-2013 academic year. The addition of Belmont gave the OVC 12 members - the most the league has had at one time in its illustrious history. Subsequently, the league has shown its stability over the past decade, seeing only one member institution depart over the past 14 years.

Commissioner Beth DeBauche announcing Belmont's admission to the OVC.

The 2009-2010 school year saw a change in leadership as Beth DeBauche was named the seventh full-time Commissioner in league history on July 28, 2009. She is currently one of just six females to be the head of a Division I conference and one of just nine to lead a Division I conference all-time. The last three commissioners of the OVC have moved onto jobs as the commissioner of the Big Ten, Big 12 and the Mid-American Conferences.

About Belmont

Consistently recognized as a “Most Innovative” university, Belmont University draws more than 8,400 students who represent every state and more than 36 countries. The campus sits on 93 picturesque acres that are located just two miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, a dynamic and vibrant hub for government, healthcare, music, tourism and more.

Belmont hosted the final 2020 Presidential Debate with Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

A private, four-year university, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs.

Our Mission: Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.

89% of Belmont's classes have fewer than 30 students.

Our Vision: To be a leader among teaching universities, bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.

Our Values: As a student-centered Christian community with a rich Baptist heritage, Belmont University upholds the following core values as essential to the intellectual, spiritual, personal and corporate life: Integrity, Inquiry, Collaboration, Service and Humility.

From Here To Anywhere

Belmont University has been home to a handful of historic events over the years. Most recently, Belmont served as the host of the final 2020 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The university served as a host for the second 2008 Presidential Debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.

The Curb Event Center hosted both the 2008 and 2020 Presidential Debates.

In 2006, Belmont's Curb Event Center served as host for the CMT Music Awards for the first time. It hosted the event from 2006-2008, where Belmont remains the only school to ever have hosted CMT's historic event.

Belmont hosted the CMT Music Awards from 2006-08.

Belmont has also been home to famous alumni. Music stars Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Turner, Minnie Pearl and more have gone onto successful music careers following their stint as Bruins. In addition to actors, actresses, and professional athletes, some music alumni made their way on the Bruins' diamond. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley pitched for the Bruins from 2008-09, compiling 109 strikeouts. Judah Akers, the lead singer of Judah and the Lion and songwriter for Nashville SC's theme song, earned All-Atlantic Sun honors and was named the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP to help Belmont to its second straight NCAA Tournament.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley got their start at Belmont.

About Nashville

By any measure, Nashville is one of the most desirable places to live and most sought-after tourist destinations in the world.

‘The Music City’ can best be described as a pleasant mix of big city entertainment and "down home" friendliness. Nashville is located in the heart of our nation’s bustling core. Major cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Memphis, Atlanta, and Birmingham can all be reached by car within 3-5 hours. And when going from work to play, Nashville has it all. The city offers a multitude of sporting events, recreational opportunities, restaurants, parks, and shopping malls.

The NHL's Nashville Predators have been one of the hottest tickets in Nashville. Photo by John Russell - Nashville Predators

The sports landscape in Nashville has changed dramatically over the past two decades with the introduction of major professional sports into the area. The Nashville Predators have introduced the thrills of the National Hockey League to Middle Tennessee. For the past three seasons, the Predators have been among the premier organizations in the NHL. Nashville became a national sensation in 2017 en route to the Western Conference Championship and berth in the Stanley Cup Finals, then backed it up winning the 2018 Presidents' Trophy. The Bruins and the Predators have a strong partnership, from corporate engagement and internship programs to fan support and community relations. The Preds skate in one of Nashville’s downtown landmarks, Bridgestone Arena. The 18,000-seat Bridgestone Arena is a regular venue for touring groups and international artists, such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

The Tennessee Titans made its first AFC Championship since 2002 in 2020.

The arrival of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in 1998 brought instant credibility and excitement to the Mid-State. The Titans have won two division titles and one conference championship. Tennessee represented the AFC in Super Bowl XXXIV, playing the St. Louis Rams in one of the most memorable games in NFL history. With former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NFL rushing yards leader, Derrick Henry, in the backfield, the future looks bright for the powder blue and white. Home for the Titans is Nissan Stadium, a 68,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility located on the east bank of the Cumberland River across from downtown. Aside from the NFL, Nissan Stadium also plays host to several major concerts and sporting events, including the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - which now pits teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conferences each December. In April 2019, Nashville once again demonstrated its hospitality and unparalleled support of sports, playing host to the 2019 NFL Draft - universally regarded as one of the top sports entertainment events for fan experience in history.

Moreover, international soccer loves Music City, with friendlies and United States National Team matches regularly on the docket. Nissan Stadium played host to the Gold Cup, with Nashville as a potential host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In addition, Nashville was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise, Nashville SC. In its first season in the MLS, the club advanced to the MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals before falling to the eventual MLS champions, Columbus Crew SC. Another constant among Nashville professional sports over the past two decades has been the Nashville Sounds. The Sounds, who have called Music City home since 1978, compete in the Pacific Coast League as the Class AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Through the years, players like Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Chris Sabo, Magglio Ordonez, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, and Ricky Weeks have used Nashville to jumpstart MLB stardom. The 2006 PCL Champion Sounds play at Greer Stadium, located just minutes from downtown and the former longtime home of Belmont Baseball. In 2015, the Sounds opened First Horizon Park.

Downtown Nashville. Photo by John Russell - Nashville Predators

The nightlife in downtown Nashville offers something for everyone. Amidst the savory sights and sounds of historic Second Avenue sit some of the most venerable hot spots anywhere. From Wildhorse Saloon and Hard Rock Cafe to Famous Dave’s BBQ and The Pancake Pantry, it is not uncommon to bump into stars of stage and screen in Nashville. Nashville's cultural environment earned the city its other nickname, the "Athens of the South." Nashville is well known as a major education center. The area's 10 accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions, including Belmont, are an integral part of the economic and cultural identity of the area. In addition to its educational institutions, the city offers numerous cultural and artistic venues. It is home to nine performing arts facilities, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. TPAC is the home to a wide range of events, including Broadway musicals and performances by the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Symphony. The city is also home to seven art galleries, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Frist Center, housed in the city's old main post office, presents a wide assortment of visual arts exhibitions. Nashville boasts 25 museums (including the Tennessee State Museum), numerous historic sites (like The Hermitage - home of President Andrew Jackson, an exact replica of the Parthenon, and the Natchez Trace Parkway), and an upgraded public library system that includes a new $50 million downtown library. Lastly, the newest addition to the downtown landscape, the magnificent Music City Center convention center opened Spring 2013 and further cements Nashville’s place as a desired international meeting place.

Known as "Music City USA", Nashville is a city whose musical tastes range from country to rock to gospel. The city has several major concert venues and many big-name concert tours consider Nashville a “must-stop.” The city also serves as home to the Grand Ole Opry, the nation's longest running weekly radio show, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nashville has long been the mecca of the country music industry and is one of the top recording centers in the world. All of the music industry's major recording labels have a presence in Music Row, just north of the Belmont campus.

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Grant Cohen
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Belmont Athletics, Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, John Russell - Nashville Predators, Sam Simpkins, Grant Cohen