Head Baseball Coach Arnie Chavera
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Coach Chavera enters his 11th 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 assistant 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, former assistant coach at Oklahoma State University. 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 and current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst. 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 ten years coaching for Black Hawk, Chavera has led the Braves to the Arrowhead Conference Championship on eight 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 teams were also the NJCAA Region IV Sectional Champions. The Braves baseball program has won conference titles in 12 of the past 16 years. The past four 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 ten years Chavera has placed 79 sophomores at NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and, as well as Major League Baseball to continue their playing careers. While stressing academics, he has coached 77 Academic All-Conference and 11 Academic All-American award recipients. In 2014, the Braves baseball team earned NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award with a 3.17 cumulative Team GPA.
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.
Assistant Coach Dallas Burke
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Coach Burke joined the BHC staff in the fall of 2013. Burke will serve as the Hitting Coach Catching Coach, and assist with recruiting.
In the spring of 2013, Dallas helped lead Missouri Southern University to its first conference title in 21 years and first regional birth in 12 years. He earned all-conference honors, while leading the team in batting average, OBP, runs scored, walks , fielding percentage and outfield assists. Coach Burke holds the 9th spot all time in career batting average, holds the 6th spot all time for single season fielding percentage (.993), and is also tied for 8th all-time for career fielding percentage at (.979) at MSU.
Burke played multiple positions in his career at Missouri Southern, mostly catching but also all three outfield positions. After college his college career, he signed an independent professional contract to play for the Roswell Invaders out of the Pecos League in the summer of 2013. Burke helped the Invaders win their second Pecos League championship in the past three years and set a Pecos League team record with 54 wins in a single season. He hit .348 during the regular season for Roswell with a .430 on base percentage and had three outfield assists.
At Missouri Southern in 2011, Coach Burke was named to first team all Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, after hitting a team high .392 and .408 in conference play. He also lead the team in OBP (.466), hits and triples.
While at the University of Iowa, he earned unanimous selection to the Freshmen All-Big Ten Team in 2009, while hitting .367 in Big Ten conference play. Burke hit in the middle of the lineup during his two year career at the University of Iowa which lasted from 2008-2010. Coach Burke was also a part of the Big Ten runner up 2010 Iowa baseball team.
Burke played summer colligate baseball in three different leagues. He was able to play as a part of a traveling team in the Alaskan Baseball League and participate in the Midnight Sun game (which takes place in Fairbanks each year on the summer solstice) in 2009. He also participated in the Great Lakes League in 2009, the Coastal Plain League in 2010 and 2011 for the Gastonia Grizzlies ( 2011 Coastal Plain League championship team).
While at Davenport Central high school (Davenport, Iowa), Coach Burke was a two-time all-conference honoree … made first-team all-district as a senior … second team all-state selection … made second team all-district as a junior … No. 4 ranked player in the state of Iowa by Perfect Game Crosschecker, participated in the Iowa High School Baseball All-Star Series … boasted a .435 batting average with 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases his senior campaign.
The Bettendorf, Iowa native graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Father, Mike Burke, also a Davenport Central alum played football at the University of Iowa from 1984-1988.
Last updated 7/28/2014