David Barnett: Faculty and Staff
Flagler College Head Coach Dave Barnett starts his 27th season at the helm of baseball program. Over the years, Barnett’s philosophy has remained the same:
- Recruit quality student-athletes
- Recruit student-athletes with character
- Respect and have passion for the game
These have been the trademarks for all of Barnett’s teams.
Barnett won his 700th career baseball game Apr. 24, 2010 against Armstrong Atlantic State University. His overall record is 775-632 and ranks No. 16 in Division II for active coaches in victories. Barnett's 2010 team finished the season with a 29-23 overall record and a 14-10 mark in their inaugural season as a member of the Peach Belt Conference. The Saints finished third in the East Division and beat No. 18 North Georgia in the first round of the conference tournament.
Prior to joining NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt, Barnett's teams qualified for conference and regional play 16-out-of-the-20 years as a member of the NAIA. The highest ranking the Saints achieved was No. 3 in the 2003 poll. The Saints were a game away from the NAIA World Series, finishing as runners-up in the regionals, in 1993 and 2002.
During Barnett’s tenure, 29 players have signed professional contracts. He has also seen two former players drafted in the first 10 rounds: Jim Woodrow by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round (1995) and Lonny Landry by the Detroit Tigers in the ninth round (1993). Chris Barnwell, a 25th Round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, is the only Flagler player to reach the Major Leagues. Barnett has also coached numerous players who have garnered all-conference and all-America honors.
Barnett has the unique distinction of playing and coaching at every level of the game. In 1983, he started his coaching career at Jacksonville's Episcopal High. Barnett then served as an assistant at the University of Iowa (1984-86) and then served in the same capacity at Valencia CC before heading to Flagler. From 2002 to 2003, Barnett served as the manager of the Vermont Expos, a Class A affiliate of the Montreal Expos. He also worked as a coach at the Boardwalk & Baseball facility in Haines City, Fla.