Scott Laverty begins his seventh season as Head Coach after leading the Panthers' return to the top of Division III baseball. Laverty and the Panthers won the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship - Chapman's third national title in baseball (1968 and 2003). On the way to the title, the Panthers set the school record with 44 wins and the NCAA Division III record with 524 strikeouts.
He was named the D3baseball.com and ABCA Division III Coach of the Year as well as the West Region Coach of the Year and the SCIAC Coach of the Year following the 2019 title run.
The 2019 season marked the first time that the Laverty-led Panthers ended the regular season on top of the SCIAC standings. Chapman hosted and swept through the SCIAC Tournament and was one of the first to host a best-of-five NCAA Regional. After defeating Whitman in five game, Chapman was one of the first to host a Division III Super Regional with the round being added to the Division III tournament in 2019. With a sweep of Concordia (Texas), the Panthers earned their first trip to the Division III World Series during Laverty's tenure.
In July 2013, Laverty became the 14th head baseball coach in Chapman history and immediately continued the tradition of his predecessors, putting together a 30-win campaign and reaching the SCIAC Tournament championship game in his first year. In 2018, Laverty led the Panthers squad to their first-ever SCIAC Tournament title and first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2013.
Since taking over the program, Laverty has led the Panthers to six consecutive winning seasons and a .687 winning percentage. Laverty's club has made SCIAC Tournament appearances in five of his six years, including three appearances in the championship game.
In 2017, Laverty won his 100th game as a Panther and 400th overall while guiding the Panthers to a second-place finish in the SCIAC and third SCIAC Tournament appearance in four years.
Laverty celebrated his 300th head coaching victory in 2014 after amassing 298 wins in 14 previous seasons as the head coach University of Redlands. There he turned around a fledgling program that suffered losing records eight times from 1997-2004 and made it into a perennial contender, leading the Bulldogs to nine straight seasons of .500 or better. Redlands finished in first or second place in the SCIAC five times from 2005-13 including conference titles in '06 and '11 and set the school record with 30 wins each time.
Prior to earning the head coaching job at Redlands, Laverty coached three years as an assistant at UC Riverside (1997-99) alongside legendary Highlanders head coach Jack Smitheran. He also spent the 1997 season on the coaching staff for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League (Independent). Laverty played his collegiate ball as a shortstop for Riverside, helping the Highlanders to the Division II national finals in 1994.