Head Coach Rick Carver
Office Phone: 304-829-7246
Twenty-two 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 47-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 367 wins, more than the baseball program had won in the 60 years of competition prior to his arrival, Carver’s teams have an impressive 187 victories in the PAC. The Bison have also appeared in the postseason ECAC Championships four 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 22 seasons, 60 Bison have received national recognition by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, with 91 players being named to the All-PAC team, including seven MVP selections. In addition, seven of his former players have gone on to be inducted into Bethany's Athletic Hall of Fame.
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 Follansbee with his wife Melanie, son Kody (6), and boxer Bella.
Assistant Coach Alan Betourne
Alan Betourne joins the Bison staff for his first season as assistant coach.
Betourne joins the Bethany baseball staff after serving as the head assistant baseball coach at Riverside High School in Charleston, West Virginia. While at Riverside, Betourne was the hitting and third base coach. Under his direction, the Warriors had a team batting average of .368 which ranked in the top ten in the state of West Virginia and in 2012; the team broke the school recorded with 22 wins.
Prior to Riverside, Betourne served as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010-2011 at Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi, West Virginia. He was primarily in charge of defense and ran day-to-day operations while working with the Battlers.
Before taking the job at A-B, Betourne worked as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.
Also while coaching at Monmouth, Betourne played professional baseball from 2007-2008 for the McKinney Blue Thunder, an independent league baseball team in McKinney, Texas. While on the Thunder, Betourne played for former major league baseball player, Curtin Wilkerson and helped led the Thunder to a league championship and was voted onto the All-Star team.
Betourne graduated from Monmouth College in 2005 and while attending school played four years for the baseball team and led the Fighting Scots to four Midwest Conference South Championships.
While playing for the Scots, he was a three-time All Midwest Conference selection and was voted First-Team All-Conference in 2004 and 2005 and second team in 2003. Betourne led the team in hitting along with other categories in both 2004 and 2005 and holds the season and career records for triples.
A native of Houston, Texas, Betourne resides in Bethany, with his wife Lisa, dog Bevo, and cat Jeter. While at Bethany, Betourne will be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
Assistant Coach Dave Schafer
Office Phone: 304-829-7162
Dave Schafer joins the Bison staff for his first season as an assistant coach.
Schafer joins the baseball staff after serving as an assistant coach at Westminster last year.
Prior to coaching at Westminster, Schafer finished his collegiate career playing two years of catcher at Westminster and Lake Erie College.
During his two years for the Titans, he was a two-year letter winner and led the 2012 team to a Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Baseball Regional at Marietta. It was the Titans first conference title since 2005.
A native of Hermitage, Pa, Schafer graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Westminster. While at Bethany, he will be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.