Head Coach Chandler Rose
Chandler Rose enters his ninth season as the Head Coach of the University of Montevallo baseball program after orchestrating an impressive turnaround in the Falcons’ program.
Rose, who was named the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Small College Coach of the Year in 2018, has also served on the PBC coaches committee and the NCAA regional championship committee.
Rose, who owns a 186-169 record at Montevallo. Rose has led the Falcons to the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game twice during his tenure. Back-to-back appearances by the Falcons in 2013 and 2014 marked just the third and fourth time Montevallo has played in a conference tournament championship game in its NCAA Division II era.
In 2017, Rose guided the Falcons to a 25-23 record and a 9-15 record in the Falcons final season in the Peach Belt Conference. Rose led the Falcons to two seven-game winning streaks during the season that included a series sweep of nationally-ranked Columbus State.
Rose three players that garnered post season honors last season. Sebastian Samuels and Caleb Ledbetter both earned PBC All-Conference honors and were honorable mention on the NACBW All-Region team. Samuels was named the Freshman Player of the Year by the PBC and was also named All-Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Rose also coached Matthew Furuto who was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American last season.
During the 2016 season Rose coached the Falcons to a 28-25 record and earned a berth in the PBC conference tournament. The Falcons’ 17-13 conference record last season was a program best in the Peach Belt Conference. Under Rose’s guidance in the postseason, the Falcons came up one game shy of the PBC Championship game.
The Falcons defeated nationally-ranked USC Aiken in the opening game of the round robin tournament. Facing their second nationally ranked opponent in Lander in the second game, the Falcons took the Bearcats to the final out.
During Rose’s career, he has guided the Falcons to back-to-back 30-win seasons and led Montevallo to a 22-2 record against in-state opponents during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Rose guided the Falcons to a 13-0 record against in-state competition during the 2013 season and coached Montevallo to an 11-2 record against in-state foes in 2014.
The Falcons were ranked in the College Baseball Lineup NCAA Division II poll for the first eight weeks of the 2014 season, reaching a No. 16 ranking in the poll in late February.
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 an 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.
Rose has coached multiple players that have gone on to continue their playing careers. Rose coached his first ever selection in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with Will Fulmer's selection by the New York Mets in the 22nd round of the draft in 2014. Last season Dane Hutcheon became the second player to get drafted under Rose.
Rose has also coached Devon Davis and Aron McRee, both undrafted free agent signees by the Chicago White Sox, and Michael Shreves (Travers City Beach Bums), Austin Dubberly (River City Rascals), Jackson Slaid (River City Rascals), and Mathew Haskins (Santa Fe Fuego) who all signed contracts with teams in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
McRee was named first team All-Conference and was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year during his first season with the Great Falls Voyagers.
Rose also coached Montevallo standout Taylor Walker was named the Player of the Year by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association in 2016 in the small college division. Walker also was named a second team All-Conference and second team All-Region in 2016.
Rose also recruited Matt Jones, a high school recruit, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Throughout his career, Rose has coached six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including Casey Coleman of the Chicago Cubs, Danny Worth of the Detroit Tigers, Lucas Duda of the New York Mets, Jermaine Curtis of the St. Louis Cardinals, Richard Bleier of the New York Yankees, and Blake Smith of the Chicago White Sox.
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 letter winner. 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 two sons, Levi and Dalton, and one daughter, Alayna.