Chandler Rose enters his fourth season as the Head Coach of the University of Montevallo baseball program after orchestrating an impressive turnaround in the Falcons’ program in his first three seasons at the helm.
Rose, who owns a 81-74 record at Montevallo, enters his fourth season fresh off the program’s first appearance in the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game. The appearance marked just the third time Montevallo played in a conference tournament championship game in its NCAA Division II era. Montevallo experienced several firsts in its NCAA Division II era in Rose’s third year at the helm, including the program’s first win over the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
Rose guided the Falcons to an undefeated record in both mid-week games and against in-state competition during the 2013 season. Montevallo finished the season with a 11-8 record against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally against a schedule that ranked No. 1 among teams in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region in strength-of-schedule.
Rose led the Falcons to a 34-20 overall record in 2013, including a 16-14 mark in Peach Belt Conference play, while coaching a pair of All-Peach Belt Conference performers during the season.
Montevallo spent seven weeks ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II poll, climbing as high as No. 14 in the poll in early April. The Falcons were ranked in all three major polls, including the College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com national polls, for several weeks during the season.
The Falcons finished the season undefeated in mid-week games with a perfect 13-0 record in games not part of a weekend series. Montevallo also finished unbeaten against in-state opponents, which included a pair of wins over nationally-ranked UAH in a home-and-away series. The Falcons also finished the season with a 11-8 record against nationally-ranked teams during the season.
Following a series victory on the road at Saint Leo University to start the season, the Falcons took nationally top-ranked Delta State University down to the wire in a hard-fought, three-game series on the road against the Statesmen, who played in the NCAA Division II National Championship series in 2012. Saint Leo finished the season ranked No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.
Montevallo picked up its first two victories against a ranked opponent when the Falcons defeated No. 12 UNC Pembroke 6-5 and 7-6 in a doubleheader with the Braves in a conference series Feb. 24.
The Falcons clinched their first four conference series before topping visiting UAH, which entered the game ranked No. 9 nationally, 5-3 for their third victory against a nationally-ranked opponent during the season.
Montevallo knocked off No. 2 Lander University 4-3 on the road in a conference series in late March before taking two-of-three games at home the next weekend against USC Aiken, which entered the conference series ranked No. 6 nationally.
The Falcons completed a home-and-away sweep of UAH with a 6-4 win over the Chargers, who were ranked No. 4 nationally at the time, in a non-conference game in early April.
Montevallo continued its streak of wins over nationally-ranked opponents in the conference tournament, knocking off nationally top-ranked USC Aiken and No. 14 Lander University in its first two games in the tournament.
The Falcons came up just shy of capturing their first ever conference tournament championship following a 3-2 loss to Georgia College in the title game. Montevallo, which was ranked in each of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings late in the season, fell just short of garnering their first appearance in the NCAA Division II baseball tournament since the 2007 season.
Rose guided the Falcons to a 25-28 overall record, including a 16-14 mark in conference play during the 2012 season as he led Montevallo to a second-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference West Division, its highest finish in conference standings since a second-place finish in the Gulf South Conference East Division in 2007. The winning record in conference play was the Falcons’ first as a member of the Peach Belt Conference.
Montevallo picked up 10 wins over nationally-ranked opponents in 2012, including a pair of wins over No. 5 UNC Pembroke.
Rose led the Falcons to a 22-26 record in his first season and spearheaded a dramatic improvement for the Falcons in wins and most offensive, defensive and pitching categories. He helped guide the Falcons to nine wins over nationally-ranked opponents in 2011 on the heels of a 13-36 mark the year before he arrived.
The seventh head coach in program history, Rose came to Montevallo after spending the previous four seasons as head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the Air Force Academy. Prior to his time at the Air Force Academy, Rose spent one season as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Throughout his career, Rose has coached three players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including Casey Coleman of the Chicago Cubs, Danny Worth of the Detroit Tigers, and Lucas Duda of the New York Mets.
Two players coached by Rose during his time at Air Force were drafted in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft. Garrett Custons was a 10th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, while Sean Carley was a 34th round selection of the San Diego Padres.
Rose was responsible for coaching the Air Force Academy infielders and hitters. He also handled the third base coaching duties, summer ball placement for returning players and was heavily involved in the nationwide recruiting effort. With his Florida background, Rose was primarily responsible for recruiting the Southeast region.
During his time at the Air Force Academy, the Falcons batting average went from .249 in 2007 to .301 in 2010. The .301 average was the highest batting average at the Air Force Academy in seven years. Air Force led the nation in triples per game in 2008.
Air Force posted three of its best four fielding years in school history during the time Rose coached the infield. The 2010 squad finished with a school record .958 fielding percentage, surpassing the .957 mark set by the 2008 and 1979 team. The 2009 team fielded .955.
In 2009, designated hitter Matt Alexander became Air Force's first First Team All-American under Rose's guidance, earning first-team All-National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association honors. Freshman Garrett Custons, who Rose recruited out of Sarasota, Fla., currently holds five Air Force freshman records and ranks in the top three in nine freshman categories. Custons was also named a Freshman All-American.
Rose is a 2004 graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he was a two-year letterwinner. Rose was an All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection his junior year as a shortstop and helped lead Central Florida to the Atlantic Sun Conference championship and played in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
Rose began his collegiate playing career at the University of New Orleans playing for the Privateers as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Central Florida.
The Fort Myers, Fla., native got his coaching start as an assistant for the Winter Park Diamond Dogs of the Florida Collegiate League in 2005. Rose has also worked at the University of Florida, Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast summer baseball camps.
In his first year as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast, Rose helped lead the school to a 41-17 record and a trip to the NCAA Div. II South Regional in 2006.
Rose also spent time coaching in the Northwoods League and was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2007.
Rose also serves on the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (ALABCA) Committee, which supports the mission of honoring, educating and promoting the state’s amateur baseball players and coaches.
Rose is married to his wife Sara and they have one son, Levi, and one daughter, Alayna.
ROSE YEAR-BY-YEAR AT MONTEVALLO:
2013: 34-20 (16-14 PBC)
2012: 25-28 (16-14 PBC)
2011: 22-26 (8-16 PBC)