Head Coach Rick Carver
Office Phone: 304-829-7246
Twenty-six years ago, Rick Carver took over as Head Baseball Coach at Bethany College and was handed the task of rebuilding a moribund program that had seen six coaches come and go over five seasons. The team he inherited went 10-26 in the previous year. Now, the 49-year old Carver sits atop the Bethany College Baseball coaches win list, having surpassed the legendary Bob Goin in 1994 to become the college’s all-time winningest baseball coach.
Coach Carver, a graduate of Maryville College, joined Bethany from the highly-successful Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges program in California. The energetic coach made an immediate impact, as his 1991 Bison captured the President’s Athletic Conference title. He then applied his enthusiasm and passion for the game to vault Bison Baseball into the national limelight, as Bethany Baseball consistently plays one of Division III’s most difficult schedules. Since his tenure began, Carver’s teams have set nearly every Bethany College team winning mark. In addition to amassing 412 wins, more than the baseball program had won in the 60 years of competition prior to his arrival, Carver’s teams have an impressive 215 victories in the PAC. The Bison have also appeared in the postseason ECAC Championships five times since Carver became leader of the Herd.
In addition to Bethany claiming four outright PAC titles and eight first place regular season finishes to date, Carver has won a trio of Dapper Dan awards for coaching achievement, been named the PAC Coach of the Year four times and has been recognized seven times by Louisville Slugger for his championship-level coaching. In 25 seasons, 60 Bison have received national recognition by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, with 94 players being named to the All-PAC team, including seven MVP selections. In addition, eight of his former players have gone on to be inducted into Bethany's Athletic Hall of Fame, including the most recent additon, Matt King ('00) in 2015.
Also a noted clinician and speaker, Carver has traveled to California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee promoting and teaching the game of baseball to youths aged 5- 16.
A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Carver received a masters’ degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1988. He also serves Bethany as a teacher in the physical education and sport studies program. Carver resides in Wintersville, Ohio with his wife Melanie, son Kody (10), and boxer Bella. He and his family also attend the Wintersville United Methodist Church.
Assistant Coach Sam Bashioum
Office Phone: 304-829-7162
Sam Bashioum enters his second season with the Bison baseball program and will serve as the head assistant under coach Rick Carver. Along with his other duties, Bashioum will serve as pitching coach.
Last season, Bashioum joined the Bison coaching staff and served his first year as the pitching coach for the Green & White. Under his direction, the Bison arms totaled six complete games, including a complete-game shutout thrown by senior hurler Zac Edmiston, who went on to earn a First-Team All-PAC selection. Senior Ryan Meier also earned an ECAC Pitcher of the Week award under his direction.
Bashioum joined the Bethany staff after serving as an assistant coach at Burrell High School. Prior to coaching at Burrell, Bashioum played collegiately at Seton Hill University.
During his career for the Griffins, he finished with a 12-4 career record. He was also a member of three NCAA men's baseball tournaments and helped his squad break several school records including: wins (46), longest winning streak (19) and consecutive NCAA appearances (5).
A native of Fayette City, Pa., Bashioum graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Seton Hill. While at Bethany, he will be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Nick Calhoun
Office Phone: 304-829-7162
Entering his first season with the Bison, Calhoun joins the baseball coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach for the Kitsap Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets are a member of the West Coast League, a summer wood bat league dedicated to college athletes. During his time with Kitsap, Calhoun worked as a first and third base coach and also performed duties of a hitting coach.
Prior to his stint with the Blue Jackets, Calhoun spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Salem International University, a Division II member of the NCAA. During his time with SIU, Calhoun served in player development roles with both the outfielders and hitters. Calhoun also spent time as an assistant with Murray State College, helping lead the Aggies to the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship.
Before making his mark as a coach, Calhoun started his collegiate baseball career at Thomas More College. Calhoun played for the Saints for two years, capturing a Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2010. He then transferred to Roosevelt University where he was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. Calhoun also earned honors as team captain, as well as Academic All-Conference, for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
A native of Evansville, Ind., Calhoun graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Roosevelt University. While at Bethany, he will be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
(Updated January 14, 2016)