Page 20

Head Coach Pete Dunn

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 34 years, Dunn has guided the Stetson baseball program to great successes on the field. The numbers speak for themselves: • He has led Stetson to 1,202 victories, which ranks eighth on the list of active coaches. • His Stetson teams have averaged 36.4 wins a year over his 33 seasons. • He has taken the Hatters to 16 NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. • He has helped Stetson to eight Atlantic Sun Conference titles and has been named league coach of the year a record six times. • He has sent 78 players on to play professional baseball. Five of those players were drafted in the first four rounds of the MLB Amateur Draft, and eight went on to reach the Major Leagues. Combined, those accomplishments have resulted in a Hall of Fame career. In January, the Stetson coach was notified by the American Baseball Coaches Association that he had been elected to the ABCA Hall of Fame, the highest honor a college baseball coach can receive. He will be inducted in January, 2014, at the ABCA Convention in Dallas. But, more than the wins, conference titles, and all of

The Pete Dunn File Education • A.A., Brevard Community College (1968) • B.S., Physical Education, Stetson University (1972) • M.S., Health & Physical Education, Georgia Southern (1974)

Coaching Experience • • • • • •

Student Assistant, Stetson University (1971-72) Graduate Assistant, Georgia Southern (1973-74) Head Coach, Apopka (Fla.) High School (1975-77) Assistant Coach, Stetson University (1977-79) Head Coach, Stetson University (1979-present) Assistant Coach, USA Baseball (1998)

18

the other accolades that come along with guiding a successful program, Dunn is still excited about his profession because he enjoys having an impact on the lives of the young men who play for him. He enjoys being a teacher – whether he is teaching a player how to bunt properly, or teaching a life lesson. “I like teaching. That’s what coaches are, teachers,” Dunn said. “I have my teaching certificate and taught in the public schools prior to coming back to Stetson to coach, so I’m a teacher by trade. I think it’s rewarding to take these young men and not only mold them into good players who are team oriented but, more importantly, teach them life skills which will make them better people.” But he didn’t start out with a goal to coach. He was a player, a catcher, with the same goals every other player has growing up – professional baseball. He got a chance to do that after playing for two seasons at Brevard Community College and then two more seasons at Stetson for the coach who turned into one of his mentors, Jim Ward. He was drafted by and signed with the Kansas City Royals after college and spent two seasons living his dream by playing professional baseball. It was during those two seasons he made the decision to pursue a career as a coach.

Honors & Accomplishments • • • • • • • • • •

Six-Time A-Sun Coach-of-the-Year (88-89-90-96-07-11) Brevard Comm. College Distinguished Alumnus Award (1993) Volusia Sportsperson of the Year (1996) Stetson University Distinguished Alumni Award (2007) Member, Stetson University Sports Hall of Fame Member, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Member, Florida Diamond Club Member, American Asso. of Professional Baseball Players Inducted into Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2007) Elected to ABCA Hall of Fame (2013) - Induction in 2014

Personal • Born: June 26, 1948, in West Palm Beach, Florida • Wife: Debbie, married November 9, 1991 • Children: Rayni, born April 15, 1976, Marc, born June 3, 1983 Taylor, born October 9, 1993, Emily, born April 5, 1995

2013 Media Guide & Record Book

2013 Stetson Baseball Guide  

2013 Stetson Baseball Media Guide and Record Book

2013 Stetson Baseball Guide  

2013 Stetson Baseball Media Guide and Record Book