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cody-walter-165x210The college is excited to announce the appointment of recent Providence graduate Cody Walter to the position of Assistant Baseball Coach. Originally from Fort Mojave, Arizona, Cody has the distinction of being the very first student-athlete signed to Providence in the summer of 2014 when the baseball team began. Cody went on to set the standard for team leadership both on and off the field as he played both first and second base and was a team captain.

Cody has also played in the Walter Johnson League for the Salina Blue Jays and in the Western Baseball Association for the Rancho Belago Rockets. This summer, Cody will be coaching in South Carolina in the Carolina Shores Collegiate Baseball League for the Cherry Grove Wave Riders. Cody graduated from Providence with Cum Laude honors in May and will move back to Pasadena to begin work at Providence in August.

Athletic Director Chuck Ryor has worked closely with Cody in the past year and is grateful to have him on board at Providence. “Cody exemplifies what Providence Athletics is all about.  He is a terrific person and a devoted Christian who sees sports as a means of making fully devoted followers of Christ. In addition to serving as an Assistant baseball coach, Cody will be assisting me in the athletic department.  In that capacity, he’ll help me monitor by student-athlete academic progress and our department’s overall NAIA compliance. I know he will come alongside all of our students and encourage them to strive for academic excellence”.

trevor-davidson-165x210In May, Providence was pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Trevor Davidson as the school’s second Head Baseball Coach. Davidson has spent the past three seasons as an Assistant Coach at Biola University in La Mirada. Before beginning his tenure at Providence this week, he finished the season with Biola by going all the way to the GSAC Tournament Championship. In a span of just under two full calendar years, Biola Baseball more than doubled its season win total as the team went from just 15 wins in 2014 to 31 in 2016. Biola fell just short in a 10-7 loss to The Master’s College during the final day of the 2016 Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament.

In the past few weeks, Coach Davidson has been busy recruiting new talent for the baseball team, but he has also been getting to know Providence. He states, “I’m really excited to be a part of Providence, and I look forward to working under Dr. Belcher, who has a great vision for spiritual, academic, and athletic growth in student-athletes. My goal is to mirror that as we grow into a prominent baseball team. We have a lot of great guys returning and I’m also looking forward to who God brings in the years to come”.

Trevor joined the Biola Baseball Coaching Staff following a professional career playing for the Victoria Seals (2010) and the Tucson Toros (2011). Before that Davidson played junior college baseball at the College of the Canyons before transferring to California Lutheran University. Davidson was an offensive catalyst for both the Cougars and Kingsman at the top in runs, RBI, doubles, home runs, stolen bases and BB’s earning all-conference honorable mention honors twice as an outfielder during his collegiate career.

“Trevor has been a huge part of the progress of our program here at BIola,” stated Biola Head Baseball Coach Jay Sullenger. “God directed him to serve as a leader for this program at just the right time as I was seeking baseball men of God. His love for the Lord and knowledge of the game of baseball have been instrumental in the development our community of men.  He is one of those uncommon coaches whose love for baseball is overshadowed by his love for Jesus.  His work ethic and attention to detail will be missed, but I am excited to see him take the reigns of the program at Providence Christian College.  He is the right man to direct those men’s hearts toward Jesus’ work on the cross and how that, combined with his experience as both a successful player and coach, will develop their gifts in the game of baseball for God’s glory.”

Coach Davidson earned an Associates (AA) Degree in general studies during his time at College of the Canyons and then earned a B.A.in business from California Lutheran University. Trevor has been involved in FCA baseball, most notably as an Assistant Coach for the SoCal Catch in the California Collegiate League. Trevor is an active member of his church and previously served for 4 years as a leader in the special needs ministry.

The Providence Sea Beggar baseball team has just completed its first season of NAIA intercollegiate play as members of the Cal Pac after adding the sport in 2014. Providence offers athletic scholarships based on academic achievements, Christian leadership, and athletic ability. Scholarships are still being offered for Fall 2016 incoming students, for more information or to fill out a recruitment form go to www.providencecc.edu/athletics/mens-baseball/.

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