Head Coach Scott Laverty
Laverty became the 14th head baseball coach in Chapman history in July after a successful 14-year tenure at SCIAC rival, the University of Redlands.
Laverty carries with him an impressive resume of success within the collegiate and Division III ranks, including an overall head coaching record of 298-261-1 in 14 seasons, all at the University of Redlands. There he turned around a fledgling program that suffered losing records eight times from 1997-2004 and made it into a perennial contender, leading the Bulldogs to nine straight seasons of .500 or better. Redlands finished in first or second place in the SCIAC five times from 2005-13 including conference titles in '06 and '11 and set the school record with 30 wins each time.
Prior to earning the head coaching job at Redlands, Laverty coached three years as an assistant at UC Riverside (1997-99) alongside legendary Highlanders head coach Jack Smitheran. He also spent the 1997 season on the coaching staff for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League (Independent). Laverty played his collegiate ball as a shortstop for Riverside, helping UC to the Division II national finals in 1994.
Laverty and his wife Julie currently reside in Placentia with their 9-month old daughter Emerson.
Associate Head Coach Dave Edwards
Edwards has built and maintained one of the most dominating collegiate pitching staffs in the country. Chapman is consistently ranked in the top ten for lowest ERA (leading the nation in '03 with a staff ERA of 1.91). In 10 years, Coach Edwards has coached 13 All-Americans, six West Region Pitchers of the Year, and two National Pitchers of the Year. His pitchers have led the nation in a statistical category six times: twice for wins, twice for ERA, once each for saves and strikeouts. Eight of his Panther pitchers have signed professional contracts. During the 1980s, "Eddie" pitched in both the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's organizations.
Assistant Coach Geoff Fox
Fox is entering his first year on the Chapman coaching staff after spending eight seasons as an assistant at Saddleback College. In his tenure with the Gauchos, Fox developed over 30 Division I ballplayers and had several of his athletes drafted by Major League teams. Additionally, his 2012 team led the state of California in overall GPA.
A corner infielder in his playing days, Fox spent two years at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. where he earned ACCAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2001-02 before transferring to Colorado Mesa University. Fox had a successful tenure at CMU, going to back-to-back Division II Regionals in his junior and senior seasons.
Fox currently resides in Aliso Viejo with his wife Valerie and two sons, Gavin and Liam.