Dave Therneau, Associate Head Baseball Coach at Embry-Riddle University
Dave Therneau is currently the pitching coach at Stetson University and was named Collegiate Baseball National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2018. Throughout his seven seasons with the Hatters, he led them to five of the top 20 single season ERA performances in program history.
He led a staff that set school records for strikeouts per nine innings and winning percentage. He developed nine pitchers who went on to pitch professionally, including Logan Gilbert who was selected 14th overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2018’s Major League Baseball draft.
Early Life and Education
Dave Therneau is an impressive athlete who doesn’t hesitate to get his hands dirty. A two-sport star in high school and college, his college accomplishments at Texas Tech speak for themselves. He also holds the esteemed position of Athletic Academic Services Coordinator for Embry-Riddle, often credited for making the most out of one of campus’ most challenging environments. Therneau has guided 18 players to success in both the majors and minors, with four earning All-American honors. His three NAIA World Series appearances and five TSC Tournament crowns make him a perennial contender for Florida’s most successful head coach. Furthermore, Therneau has helped transform Florida State University into an esteemed research and education institution while championing an inclusive culture that is truly refreshing.
Therneau was an accomplished player who had the potential to make a major league impact, but an arm injury ended his career. After being selected in the ninth round three times, Therneau finally signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1998.
The fast-hitting righthander made rapid progress in the minor leagues, going 12-3 with a 3.32 ERA for Class-A Rockford and 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga. He was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis Indians before the season was over, compiling an impressive 14-5 record and leading his team in strikeouts.
Prior to his tenure at Embry-Riddle, Therneau served as head coach of Bellevue University and guided them to conference and regional titles before finishing third in the NAIA World Series. Additionally, he coached East Texas Pump Jacks pitchers to a second place finish in the Texas Collegiate League.
Achievements and Honors
Over the past six years, Associate Head Coach Dave Therneau has guided Stetson’s hurlers to some of their best seasons. During his tenure, 10 pitchers have gone pro to continue developing as professionals.
Before joining Stetson University in 2016, Therneau had eight successful seasons as Embry-Riddle’s pitching coach in Daytona Beach. During that span, the Eagles went 360-135 (.727) and earned seven trips to the NAIA World Series.
At Stetson University, Therneau has led a staff that struck out a school record 538 batters in 2017. Additionally, his Hatters recorded their lowest team ERA since 1996 with a 3.80 mark in 2017, leading the ASUN with 10-0 record and earning him Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors. In 2018, Gilbert led all pitchers with an ASUN-record 10-0 record, earning him both accolades.
Since 2016, Dave Therneau has served as Assistant Coach with the Hatters, bringing with him an expertise in pitching. Under his guidance, Stetson’s pitching staff has produced several of its most successful seasons – including an ASUN Regular Season title, tournament crown and trip to NCAA Regional.
Dave Therneau’s success at Stetson University is remarkable; he has transformed their pitching staff into an example of consistency and performance. He has coached nine hurlers to professional baseball contracts, including Logan Gilbert – the highest drafted player ever. A native Dentonite himself, Therneau earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bellevue University.
Therneau is the Athletic Academic Services Coordinator at Embry-Riddle University and also a baseball coach for the school. He was previously a Major Leaguer with both Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Indians, earning 12 wins during his career and being one of the fastest-moving pitchers in their organization. Drafted in the ninth round by Cincinnati in 2005, Therneau spent time playing at Pioneer League (rookie level) before progressing onto Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts then AAA Indianapolis Indians teams.