Lawn and Kertenian Join Wolf Pack
With 26 years of collegiate coaching experience, Dave Lawn enters his second season as the head pitching coach at the University of Nevada, where he first began his coaching career in 1988.
In a highly successful coaching career, Lawn has been to two College World Series, three Super Regionals and seven regionals, while winning two Pac-12 Championships and a Big West title. Lawn has also coached 10 first team All-Americans, eight Team USA members and three first round draft picks in Mark Prior (2001, Cubs), Ian Kennedy (2006, Yankees) and Grant Green (2009, Athletics).
The Wolf Pack ranked fourth in the Mountain West in team earned run average (3.94) in Lawn's first season at Nevada. Two-way freshman Trenton Brooks earned All-Mountain West honors after posting a 3.86 ERA in relief, while junior Jason Deitrich led the team with a 2.80 ERA in 18 appearances. Lawn's three starters - Dietrich, Michael Fain and Barry Timko - each posted a positive win-loss record.
As a team, Nevada posted a 31-win season with a 17-6 record at Peccole Park and a third-place finish at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. Nevada went on six three-game win streaks in the '14 season, including consecutive wins over San Jose State, Fresno State and New Mexico at the MW Tournament. Five members of the team earned all-conference accolades.
Lawn's career began in Reno, where he was the pitching coach from 1988-90 as a graduate assistant. Lawn went on to work for highly successful programs in Cal, USC and Cal State Fullerton.
After three seasons at Nevada, Lawn spent 10 years at Cal; five as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator and five as the associate head coach. In Lawn's first season in 1991, Cal went 37-27 after posting just 18 wins the year prior. The following year, Lawn took Cal to the College World Series. One of Lawn's Cal pitchers - LHP Nate Brown - led the nations in strikeouts per nine innings in 1993. In 1994, Cal's Bobby Kahlon was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year under Lawn's guidance. Lawn also helped bring a pair of top 30 recruiting classes to Cal, including freshman All-American Xavier Nady, a first round MLB draft pick.
In 2000, Lawn was named the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern California, where we would spend eight seasons and coach two more Pac-12 Pitchers of the Year in Prior and Kennedy. The Trojans reached the 2001 College World Series, advanced to three Super Regionals and won the Pac-12 championship in 2001 and 2002 with Lawn's help. In 2001, USC pitcher Rik Currier set the Pac-12 record for career strikeouts, which would later be broken by Tim Lincecum.
Lawn went on to be the Director of Athletics at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He also spent four seasons as the head coach at Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., from 2007-11, where 12 of his players earned Division I scholarships.
In his career, Lawn has coached 22 major leaguers overall, 25 all-conference selections, three conference pitchers of the year, two conference players of the year and one Golden Spikes Award winner.
Lawn received his bachelor's degree in political science from San Francisco State in 1987. Dave and his wife Stacey have three children; Mackenzie (25), Michael (20) and Matthew (18).