July 28, 2011
named head coach at Bethune-Cookman
Jason Beverlin has been named head coach at
Beverlin, 37, replaces Mervyl Melendez, who
became head coach at Alabama State after leading the Wildcats
for 12 seasons.
For the past two years, Beverlin was pitching
coach at Tennessee. He coached at Georgia Southern prior to his
time in Knoxville.
A native of Royal Oak, Mich., Beverlin was an
All-America pitcher at Western Carolina from 1992-94. The
Catamounts won two regular-season Southern Conference titles and
a pair of tournament crowns. The 1994 SoCon Pitcher of the Year,
Beverlin was 27-9 in three seasons at WCU with a 3.79 ERA in 285
innings. He was 12-2 with a 3.93 ERA as a sophomore before going
11-4 with a 2.39 ERA during his All-America junior campaign.
Beverlin spent 13 years playing professional
baseball. Beverlin was a fourth-round pick of the Oakland
Athletics in the 1994 MLB Draft. After one year in the Oakland
system, he was traded to the New York Yankees. Beverlin pitched
in the Anaheim Angels organization in 2001 before reaching the
major leagues a year later with the Cleveland Indians. He also
pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 2002. Beverlin spent three
years pitching in Japan for the Yakult Swallows and Yokohama
Baystars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. He was an
All-Star pick in 2004.
Bethune-Cookman was 36-25 this past season. The
Wildcats went 18-0 in the MEAC, their second straight undefeated
conference mark. B-CU won its sixth straight MEAC Tournament
crown and 15th overall. The Wildcats return Freshman
All-American Scott Garner and former Freshman All-American Ali
Simpson to their pitching staff.
Click here for list of 2011 Division I head coaching changes.