Centenary College Baseball

Coaching Staff


Pat Jolley
Associate Head Coach

Pat Jolley begins his seventh year as an assistant coach for the Centenary baseball team in 2017. In this role, Jolley will assist will all aspects of the game, including the development of hitters.

During his time with Centenary, the Gents have won two SCAC Regular season titles (2013 and 2015). Three players have received All-American recognition: RJ Talamantes and Peter Rajkovich were Freshmen All-Americans in 2011 and Taylor Henry received All-American status in 2015.

28 players have received All-Conference nods by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference during Jolley’s tenure, including 10 First Team honorees. A Gent received the SCAC Freshman of the Year award from 2013-2015, a Player (2013) and Pitcher (2015) of the Year, and seven All-Region Players, including the 2015 West Region Pitcher of the Year.

Two players have been drafted during Jolley’s tenure with the Gents; ironically, both are pitchers and were selected by the NY Mets. Seth Lugo was taken in the 34th round in 2011 while Henry joined the Mets organization after being selected in the 21st round in 2015.

In 2016, he helped guide the Trojans to a 17-3 start and the first top-15 ranking in school history. The Maroon and White finished the season 26-13, with its .667 winning percentage the second-best mark in school history since the 1960’s (when a lot less games were played). Eight players received nine All-Conference nods, including Kaleb Kirk’s First Team honor after tying the record for wins in a season with nine. Michael Schimpf received First Team Outfielder accolades and Dakota Brown was named Second Team as both a relief pitcher and outfielder.

Also in 2016, Schimpf became just the fourth Centenary athlete to receive Academic All-American recognition by CoSIDA. The American Baseball Coaches Association named Schimpf, Kirk and Chris Zapata to the All-Region squad in the West. Schimpf received All-Region accolades from D3baseball.com

The 2015 season saw Centenary win the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Gents grabbed nine All-Conference honorees, including SCAC Pitcher of the Year (Henry) and Freshman of the Year (Zapata). Henry also grabbed West Region Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors.

The Freshman of the Year accolade in 2015 capped a three year run of Freshman Player of the Year for the Maroon and White, as Zapata joined Aaron Quintanilla (2014) and Paul Arcemant (2013).

In 2014, he helped lead the Gents to an 11-7 record in SCAC action and a third place finish while posting a 19-22 record overall. Six players were named to the All-SCAC First Team along with three honorable mentions. Aaron Quintanilla, the SCAC Freshman of the Year, and Chris Jones were tabbed as members of the ABCA All-West Region Third Team at the conclusion of the season.

Jolley helped guide the Gents to the top seed in the 2013 SCAC Baseball Championship with a conference record of 15-5 and an overall mark of 26-15. The 26 wins marked the first back-to-back winning seasons for the Maroon and White since the 2009 and 2010 programs boasted a combined 61 victories. 

Jolley joined Centenary directly from Bossier Parish Community College, where he served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach from 2004-2010. He helped 66 former players move on to four-year schools, 51 of which that went on to play at the Division I level.

At Bossier, Jolley coached or recruited eight draft picks, two All-Americans, one Rawlings Big Stick award winner, and three academic All-Americans. He was a part of the 2009 squad that was ranked as high as No. 11 nationally.

Jolley spent the 2007 summer as a head coach of the Monroe Channelcats of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. In the summers of 2008-10, he served as the head coach of the Gametime Royals of the Louisiana Collegiate League, who won the League championship in 2010.

A former Gent, Jolley played one season at Centenary in 2003 where he was named First Team All-Independent and First Team All-Louisiana. He then transferred to LSU-Shreveport in 2004 to finish out his career on the No. 3-ranked team in the nation at the time.

Jolley began his playing days, prior to Centenary, at Lassen Community College (2000-02) where he received his Associates Degree in General Studies.

Jolley was a 2005 graduate from LSUS with a degree in social studies education. He is originally from Genola, Utah, and is a graduate of Payson High School.

Jolley is married to former Centenary basketball player, Gabi Jolley. The couple has two children; daughter Meagan and son Kanyon.

Dakota Brown
Assistant Coach

Former Gents baseball player Dakota Brown (2012, 2014-16) will begin his first year as an assistant coach for head coach Mike Diaz.

In his career on the diamond, Brown went 98-for-296 (.331) with 60 runs, 36 RBI’s, 11 doubles, one triple, one home run, 23 walks and 11 stolen bases. From the mound, he made 16 appearances with a 2-2 record, two saves, and a 3.35 ERA.

Brown had a successful senior campaign for the Gents in 2016. He finished second on the team and 12th in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a .363 batting average. Leading the conference and finishing 12th in the nation with 16 hit-by-pitches, he is the Gents career leader with 37 trips to first base.

A Second Team All-Conference honoree as both an outfielder and a pitcher in 2016, Brown captured All-Louisiana First Team honors as a Utility Player – The first All-Louisiana First Team selection since pitcher Boone Whiting in 2010.

On the mound, Brown finished the season 2-2 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Centenary.

Brown also garnered SCAC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 21 after picking up a pair of wins in relief at Schreiner.

In his sophomore season in 2014, Brown captured First Team All-Conference accolades as a catcher after leading the team and finishing second in the SCAC with a .375 average.

Brown graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in communications from Centenary.

Prior to Centenary, he graduated from Independence HS, earning letters in baseball and football. He played on two Eagles’ baseball teams that made a pair of State tournament appearances with two District Championships. On the gridiron, he helped Independence garner a playoff appearance.

Finally, Brown played summer ball for the Franklin Outlaws for three years.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he is the son of Charlene and Richard Brown and has two older brothers.