Head Baseball Coach Arnie Chavera
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Coach Chavera enters his 13th year as Head Baseball coach of the Braves. A native of Texas, he graduated from Arlington Sam Houston high school (’91) and played two years at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas. During that time, he was coached by Skip Johnson, who is currently the Associate Head Coach for the University of Texas Longhorns. During the summer of 1994, Chavera played for the Elkart Dusters of the, collegiate wood-bat, Jayhawk League. The team won the Jayhawk League championship and finished third at the NBC World Series. While in the Jayhawk league, Chavera played for Greg Evans, current Assistant Coach at the University of Houston. After playing one year at Dallas Baptist University, Coach Chavera signed with the Houston Astros baseball organization and played five years of minor-league baseball as a catcher. Three of those seasons were under the tutelage of Manny Acta, former MLB Manager of the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals, ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst and current 3rd Base Coach for the Seattle Mariners. As a professional, Chavera has a lifetime batting average of .286 highlighted by 61 homeruns and 77 doubles. In 2000, he earned a Mid-Season & Post-Season All-Star selection.
In 12 years coaching for Black Hawk, Chavera has led the Braves to the Arrowhead Conference Championship on nine occasions while receiving the Conference Coach of the Year award in each of those seasons. Along with conference champions, the 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 teams were also the NJCAA Region IV Sectional Champions. The Braves baseball program has won conference titles in 13 of the past 18 years with 25 total. The past six seasons have put the Braves in the national spot light. In 2011, Black Hawk ended the season with a 44-9 record and finished ranked #10 in the NJCAA Final Polls after being ranked as high as #3 earlier in the year. During the 2012 season, the Braves were ranked as high as #7 nationally and finished #20 in the NJCAA Final Polls with a 44-11 record. In 2013, Black Hawk was Pre-Season ranked #13 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and #15 by the NJCAA. In 12 years Chavera has placed 99 sophomores at NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, as well as, Major League Baseball to continue their playing careers. While stressing academics, he has coached 102 Academic All-Conference and 16 NJCAA Academic All-American award recipients. In 2015, the Braves baseball team earned a NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award with a 3.26 cumulative Team GPA. In 2016, the Braves had a Team GPA of 3.13.
Coach Chavera has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Performance and Fitness and received his C.S.C.S from the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2004. That summer, he served as a Strength Coach for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. Chavera is the Activities Director for Black Hawk College. He also serves as the Arrowhead Athletic Conference baseball chairperson and the NJCAA Region IV Division II baseball chairperson. Chavera is also an Associate Area Scout for the Miami Marlins.
Before arriving at Black Hawk, Chavera was an assistant coach for St. Ambrose University from 2002-2004. As the first base coach, he was in charge of hitting, catchers, and outfielders and headed the strength program. Prior to St. Ambrose, Chavera was an assistant coach for Davenport Assumption high school during the seasons of 2001 and 2002.
Coach Chavera and his wife Ericka reside in Davenport, Iowa with their two daughters, Giselle Bryn and Meadow Brie. They recently added a chocolate lab puppy, named Reggie, to the household.
Assistant Coach Nick Doughty
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Coach Doughty joined the BHC staff in August of 2014. Doughty will serve as Bench Coach and will assist in hitting, outfield, infield and recruiting.
Nick finished his collegiate career in 2013 while helping Missouri Southern University win its first MIAA Conference Championship in 21 years, while earning its first Regional birth in 12 years. As an outfielder, Doughty finished the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Coach Doughty played at Northwestern State University (DI) in 2012, while again, sporting a perfect fielding percentage in the outfield.
Nick played his first two collegiate years (10/11) at Neosho County Community College under long time NJCAA coach Steve Murry. As a freshman, Doughty had a .324 batting average while hitting 6 homeruns and 17 doubles. During his sophomore year, Nick hit .395 with 8 homeruns and finished second in the nation with 28 doubles, which is also a school record. He also holds the Neosho County school record for doubles in a career (45). He earned 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All Region in 2011, while also receiving the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week award in April. Neosho County CC set a school record that year for wins at 46, while compiling a 21 game winning streak during the season and were ranked as high as 19th nationally by the NJCAA.
Doughty is a native of Kansas City, MO and graduated from Raytown High School in 2009. During his junior and senior years, Nick earned 1st Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Metro and All-State awards. He hit .450 his junior year while helping Raytown win the Conference Championship. Doughty hit .478 his senior year.
Nick began his coaching career immediately upon graduating from college. In 2013, he was an assistant coach for the Kansas City Bullets 18u. In the spring of 2014, Doughty was the Head JV Coach for his former high school. During this past summer, he was Head Coach of the Kansas City Titans 16u team.
Coach Doughty has an Associates of Science Degree and also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Missouri Southern University.
Assistant Coach Drew Noble
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Coach Noble joined the BHC staff in August of 2015. Noble will serve as Pitching Coach and assist in recruiting.
Drew is a native of Eudora, Kansas and attended Eudora High School (’10). While at Eudora, Noble was a 3-Year Varsity Letterman in baseball, football and basketball.
Coach Noble attended Coffeyville Community College in 2011-2012. As a freshman, he earned All-Conference Honorable Mention while going 5-2 with 1 save. In 71.3 innings, he had a 4.66 era with 42 strikeouts and only 16 walks. As a sophomore, Drew had an 8-6 record with a 3.09 era, while striking out 48 and 17 walks in 82.2 innings pitched, which set a school record for innings pitched in a season. Noble went 2-0 that year in post-season play helping Coffeyville CC to the NJCAA Region 6 Runner-Up. While at Coffeyville, Coach Noble earned his Associated of Arts Degree.
Drew moved on to NCAA DII Missouri Southern University in 2013-2014. As a junior, he had a record of 7-4 in 18 appearances with 2 Saves. In 76.2 innings pitched, he walked only 28 batters, limiting them to a .272 batting average. One of that years highlights was when Coach Noble threw a complete game win against #5 ranked Missouri Western for the MIAA Tournament Title. Drew will complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2016 from MSU.
In the summer of 2011, Noble played for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwood’s Collegiate Summer League. The following summer, Coach Noble played for the Kansas City Blues of the Ban Johnson Summer League. While there, he went 7-1 with a 1.02 era and earned more wins than any other pitcher in the league. He struck out 52 while walking only 8 hitters. Noble pitched a perfect game against Seaboard Academy that summer and participated in the league’s All-Star game which was held at Kauffman Stadium.
This past summer, Drew was an Assistant Coach of the Mount Vernon, MO 39ers.