Pete Dunn is more than just a baseball coach, although being a baseball coach is all he ever really wanted to do.Over the last 36 years, Dunn has guided the Stetson baseball program to great successes on the field. The numbers speak for themselves:
-He has sent 79 players on to play professional baseball. Five of those players were drafted in the first four rounds of the MLB Amateur Draft, and nine have reached the Major Leagues.
Combined, those accomplishments have resulted in a Hall of Fame career. In January, 2014, the Stetson coach was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the ABCA Convention in Dallas.
Associate Head Coach
Mark Leavitt begins his seventh season as a member of the Stetson coaching staff in 2016, where he serves as associate head coach as well as recruiting coordinator for the program. Leavitt also coaches the hitters and infielders, and handles third base coaching box during games.
In six seasons, he has helped produce four All-Americans, 16 All Atlantic Sun Conference Selections as position players / hitters, including 2013’s Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, and four MLB Draft picks. Out of five recruiting classes, two were nationally ranked, 29th in 2012 and 37th in 2014, according to Collegiate Baseball.
In 2012, Stetson was ranked 9th in nation by the National Alliance for College Summer Baseball as one of the most valuable programs due to placing 15 players and their performance in NACSB leagues.
Former Cincinnati Reds organization pitcher and Embry-Riddle University assistant coach Dave Therneau begins his first season as pitching coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Stetson University.
Therneau recently enjoyed a highly successful eight-year stint as the pitching coach at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. The Eagles went a combined 360-135 (.727) during that stretch and made seven trips to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
During his tenure at Embry-Riddle, Therneau’s pitchers combined to earn 17 All-American honors, while eight were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. In June, 2015, Tyler Cyr was picked in the 10th round by the San Francisco Giants, and Zac Grotz was a 28th-round selection by the Houston Astros.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Josh Lopez returns in 2016 as the Hatters’ volunteer assistant coach. It will be his second season with the program.
Lopez comes to Stetson from Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth where he has been an assistant for the last two seasons, helping that program to a junior college World Series appearance. That followed a stint in 2012 at Florida Christian College where he helped that team make an NCCAA World Series trip.
No stranger to Stetson’s Melching Field, Lopez is a veteran of the Florida Collegiate League, having assisted former long-time Stetson assistant coach Rick Hall with the DeLand Suns in 2013.