Head Coach for Berry College Baseball
David Beasley returns for a 15th season as the head coach of the Berry baseball program in 2011-12. With 453 career victories, Beasley has the most wins of any coach in school history.
He enters the 2012 season with a 453-289-1 overall record.
In 2011, the second year as an NCAA Division III provisional member, Beasley's Vikings finished with a 26-14 overall mark. That season came on the heels of what may have been the best season in school history, which culminated with an appearance in the NAIA World Series.
Under Beasley's guidance the 2009 Vikings finished the season as regular season champions of the Southern States Athletic Conference with a record of 46-16 with a 22-5 conference mark. The team made the school's first-ever appearance at the NAIA World Series and finished fifth in the nation with a No. 4 ranking in the final NAIA National Poll, the highest ranking in school history.
It was the most successful season that the coach has known as the group tied the school record for wins in a season with 46 victories.
In addition to the work on the field, Beasley also emphasizes classroom excellence and it showed as The Vikings had six players named to the SSAC All-Academic team in 2009. Jason Dorcey, Randall Stallings, Harman Watkins, Gavin McGinnis, Cori Kirkland and Matt McCalley all made the list representing academic excellence in the league.
Beasley has had five players selected in the Major League Baseball draft. The most recent player to be drafted and sign a professional contract was Collin McHugh a 14th-round draft pick of the New York Mets.
Beasley took over the reins of the Berry program in 1998, and promptly began a run of four consecutive 30-plus victory seasons. He led Berry to a 32-17 record in his first season as the team’s skipper and has since posted 10 seasons of at least 30 wins. He has also won a TranSouth Tournament title, an SSAC Tournament Title and most recently the first regular-season SSAC title in school history.
Beasley, a native of Troy, Ala., played two years of baseball at George C. Wallace Junior College in Selma, Alabama, earning All-America honors as a standout third baseman. He then transferred to Huntingdon College where he played under former Berry coach Steve Shartzer. Beasley graduated from Huntingdon with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1987, and he earned his master's degree in physical education from Alabama State University in Montgomery. He served as an assistant under Shartzer before taking over as Berry's head coach in the spring of 1998.
Beasley is married to the former Cindy King of Panama City, Fla. They have three children, Heath, Alexis and Dylan, and the family resides in Rome, Ga.