Dispatch Argus – Humble Chavera notches 400th victory as BHC baseball coach

Humble Chavera notches 400th victory as BHC baseball coach

MOLINE — Black Hawk baseball coach Arnie Chavera knew he had reached a coaching milestone last weekend, but admitted the accomplishment of logging his 400th coaching victory didn’t get much thought.

“I guess 500 and 1,000 are numbers that most coaches look at as benchmarks,” said Chavera, with a pause. “But I’m proud of it.”

As much as moving his career coaching record to 401-226-1 in his 13th season at BHC, the former Quad City River Bandits player is more excited about another aspect of his career than a milestone victory.

 “More than anything, it makes me feel like I’m making an impact in the community if I’ve been here for 13 years,” said Chavera, crediting the players for acquiring the victories more than he has. “It’s about being in one spot and establishing something good here.”

That he has. Chavera’s coaching accomplishments are impressive. In his previous 12 seasons, the Braves have won nine Arrowhead Conference championships — with him earning Arrowhead Coach of the Year honors with each crown. His 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 teams also were the NJCAA Region IV Sectional Champions.

In 2015, the Braves baseball team earned an 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.

While the Texas native thought this coaching position could be a stepping-stone to something bigger, he quickly realized he could keep the Braves program prospering — it has won conference titles 13 of the past 18 years with 25 total.

“There are still things I want to do,” said Chavera. “I want the program to be a national power and get to the (NJCAA) World Series for the first time in the history of the program. Those things are still of high importance.

 “The first year I took over the program, the thing I told my players was ‘the day I don’t have that itch to want this program to get to the World Series, I will move on.’ That has not changed one bit. It still burns in me as much as anything else. I’m a competitive person and I want to see the program get to the World Series. The program has worked in that direction and will continue to work in that direction.”

At the same time, he will continue fostering his players and the BHC program — moving both to bigger and better things. Since he has taken the job, though, he has learned to balance baseball and home life. Now that he has two daughters (ages 10 and 4), he admits his aspirations have changed.

“I was very fortunate that I got to play minor league ball for five years, so I got to chase a personal dream,” said Chavera, admitting early in his coaching career he envisioned being a Division I coach. “It’s very easy for me to put my dreams and goals on the back burner and really focus on my family and my girls. The Quad-Cities is a phenomenal place to raise a family, so I’m very lucky.”

With this year’s team off to a 12-3 start and success stacking up, it won’t be too long before Chavera hits that 500-win plateau.

Congratulations to BHC Coach Chavera on 400th win

Head Coach Arnie Chavera

Black Hawk College baseball coach Arnie Chavera notched his 400th win Saturday, April 1 when the Braves beat Highland Community College 7-2.

Coach Chavera is in his 13th year as head coach of the Braves. The team currently is 12-3.

In 12 years at Black Hawk College, 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 also were the NJCAA Region IV Sectional Champions.

The Braves baseball program has won conference titles in 13 of the past 18 years with 25 total.

In 2015, the Braves baseball team earned an 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.

Chavera serves as the Arrowhead Athletic Conference baseball chair and the NJCAA Region IV Division II baseball chair.

 

Last updated 4/4/2017

BHC baseball update (8/1/11)

These Black Hawk College sophomores have signed letters of intent to the following schools:

Chris Burgess — University of Oklahoma
J. Golden — Minnesota State University
Adam Karger — University of South Carolina at Pembroke
Mark VanNatta — Augustana College
KC Wright — Judson College
Cole Dodson — Hannibal-LaGrange College

The Black Hawk College baseball program has announced its 2011-12 incoming class.

The team returns with 19 sophomores and adds 15 freshmen and two sophomore transfers.

Freshmen:

Jake Sharp — Alleman
Eann Cox — Erie
Andrew Dobek – Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Zack Davis — Riverdale
Jake Johnson — Orion
Kurt Donner — Mt. Prospect
Joe Walsh — Palatine
Beau Kirkpatrick — Erie
Dan Saskowski — Alleman
Max Querin — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Andy Cooper — Riverdale
Justin Hitchcock — Rockridge
Chase Young — Riverdale
Blake Moe — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)
Nate Rauch — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)

Moe and Rauch committed Friday, July 29. Both had stellar seasons for their state qualifying team.

Transfer sophomores:

Trent Muilenberg – Bettendorf, Iowa (Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa)
Dain Burress – Newburgh, Ind. (Kaskaskia Community College, Centralia, Ill.)