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Belmont Baseball 2020 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 635 games in his 22 years at Belmont, Jarvis has led the Bruins to three conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Head coach Dave Jarvis addresses the media following the NCAA Tournament.

Most recently, Belmont had a program record of 20 student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2019. The honor marked the seventh 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 coached the Bruins from 1969-1997.

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.

Dave Whitten collected 663 wins during his tenure at Belmont.

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

Current head coach Dave Jarvis arrived at Belmont in 1997.

Hired in 1997, head coach Dave Jarvis successfully led the Bruins through the transition into the NCAA. 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.

Jarvis has compiled a 635-592-2 record at Belmont.

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. Jarvis helped the Bruins to three straight 38-win seasons from 2011-2013.

Jarvis helped Belmont win its first NCAA Tournament game in 2011.

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.

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.

Belmont captured its first conference championship in NCAA Division I in 2011.

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 the MLB

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 current Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Matt Beaty.

Jerry Bell played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1971-74.

An All-VSAC performer, Jerry Bell was drafted in the second round by 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 played in the MLB from 1978-82 with the Mets and the Brewers.

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 plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo by 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. He made his MLB debut on April 30, 2019 and finished his rookie season with a .265 batting average, 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.

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

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.

Coaching Staff

Associate Head Coach Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith enters his 11th 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 10 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.

Assistant Coach/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. His pitchers garnered four OVC Player of the Week honors in 2019, tied for the most in the conference from one team. Longshore guided Casey Queener to All-OVC Second Team honors and Joshua South to the All-OVC Freshman Team, with Queener earning his second consecutive All-Conference honor. In addition, the pitching staff led the OVC in the fewest home runs given up with only 43 on the season while coming up with 476 strikeouts as a pitching staff.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Cale Hennemann (pictured right)

Cale Hennemann begins his first season with the Belmont baseball program as a Volunteer Assistant. He will be working with the outfielders and assisting the hitters in addition to helping out with the day-to-day operations with the program. 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.

Giving Back

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 2020 Bruins at the 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.

Belmont hosted its 19th annual Parkwood Clinics for kids involved with Parkwood Athletics to E.S. Rose Park. At the clinic, the Bruins' players and coaches led the clinic with baseball drills, batting practices and a scrimmage with Nashville's inner city youth. 

Sophomore Josh Archer dances with the people of Belize on a mission trip.
Sophomore Joshua South plays basketball with children on a Belize mission trip.

In December of 2019, sophomores Josh Archer and Joshua South represented the baseball team on a Belmont Athletics mission trip to Belize. During their stay, they 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.

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. Last season's team won the OVC Team Academic Award for baseball, the second time since joining the OVC in 2013.

20 baseball players were named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2019.

Belmont Baseball had 20 student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll following the 2018-19 academic year, marking the seventh straight year where the team had 11 or more players carry a 3.25 GPA or higher. 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 18th 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 fourth 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 provide 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 an NCAA record with 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 will maintain the exclusive authority to schedule the use of the park and will remain the sole owner of the park and its improvements. Utilizing the new sports fields and their accompanying concessions will be 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.

Strength and Conditioning

The Belmont Strength and Conditioning 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 recently obtained new equipment for the 2020 season.

Belmont's Strength and Conditioning 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.

Matt Frederick, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley announced Wednesday, June 5 the hire of Matt Frederick to the position of head strength & conditioning coach. Frederick works closely with the Belmont Baseball program, bringing a wealth of experience to Belmont. He most recently served as the director of athletic performance at Gardner-Webb University where he oversaw 22 sports and 450 student-athletes.

Graduate Assistant for Strength and Conditioning Jack Gray
Graduate Assistant for Strength and Conditioning Kyle Klotz
Graduate Assistant for Strength and Conditioning 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 15 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 third 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 71st 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 will host the third and final presidential debate on October 22, 2020.

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.

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 Coldplay.

The Tennessee Titans recently made its first AFC Championship since 2002.

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 backfield in Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry, 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. This past April, 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 has been awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise, with play slated to begin in 2020. 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 Tennessee 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.

Media Information

The 2020 Belmont Baseball media guide is designed and published by the Media Relations Department to assist media, other colleges, Bruin alumni and fans, and other interested parties in getting accustomed with Bruins Baseball. If you have questions or additional needs, contact Graduate Assistant for Media Relations, Grant Cohen, at 615-460-8023 or grant.cohen@belmont.edu 

Sports Information Director for Belmont Baseball Grant Cohen

All Belmont Baseball home games do not require a credential for access. However, press box space is limited. If you plan on covering a Belmont Baseball game and need a seat in the press box and/or internet access, please send your requests to Grant Cohen at least 24 hours prior to first pitch.

Game notes, history, stats and more can be found on belmontbruins.com.

All professional photographers and videographers are allowed to shoot anywhere at Rose Park that is not considered in play. Photographers and Videographers are prohibited from shooting on top of either dugout. Access to the Belmont locker room area is prohibited without prior clearance from the media relations staff. All photographs and video are to be used in the coverage of Belmont Baseball and cannot for any reason be sold for commercial benefit.

Head coach Dave Jarvis will be available to media post game 10 minutes after each game.

Interviews with Belmont players and coaches can be arranged by emailing Baseball SID, Grant Cohen, at grant.cohen@belmont.edu. Players and coaches are available before and after most practices, so please let the media relations staff know in advance that you are coming, and the staff will help facilitate the interview. Please do not contact players personally. Photographers and videographers are not permitted to shoot practices without media relations’ clearance.

All interviews must be scheduled in advance through Belmont Media Relations.

For all home and away games, Belmont players and coaches will be available for post game interviews approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of game. Head coach Dave Jarvis will do a brief post game interview for the Bruin Sports Network and ESPN following each game. The Belmont locker room is closed at all times. Opponent interview policy will be determined by the visiting media relations staff.

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