Trojan Baseball Coaching Staff

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Dan Rives
Head Baseball Coach
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Dan Rives enters his second season as the head coach of the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program. In his rookie campaign in 2017, he led the Trojans to a 29-19 overall record and 16-12 mark in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) conference play.

Along with the success of the team, the 2017 version also had a wealth of individual success, as two Trojans were named to the All-Region and MACJC All-State first teams, while four of their teammates were named to the All-State second team. Cole Marsh and Nathan Pilutti were the two MDCC standouts selected to the All-Region and All-State first team, while Jake Hartman, Tyler Jones, Payton Lane and Wendell Rieves were chosen to the All-State second team.

Numerous Trojans continued their playing careers at the four-year collegiate level after the 2017 campaign, including the following: Tyler George (Mississippi Valley State University), Jake Hartman (University of West Alabama), Weber Herbison and Payton Lane (Delta State University), Cole Marsh (Mississippi State University), Nathan Pilutti (Southeastern Louisiana University) and Wendell Rieves (Mississippi Valley State University).

Rives, who played at MDCC in 2003 under the legendary Terry Thompson, is welcomed back to the Delta after an 11-year stint (2006-2016) at Hinds Community College, where he served as the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator, worked with the Eagles’ infielders and headed up the HCC strength and conditioning program. 

During his time in Raymond, Rives helped lead the Eagles to three MACJC state championships (2010, 2012 and 2015) and one National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regional championship (2014). It was during this time that the Eagles had over 100 players move on to the four-year or professional ranks, including over 50 student-athletes advancing to the Division One level.

It was also here that he coached the likes of Randy Bell, who was chosen as the 2015 NJCAA Pitcher of the Year after going a perfect 12-0 on the hill, as well as infielders Tyler Akins and Beau Wallace, who were both named to the NJCAA All-American team in 2012. Wallace was also a 12th round selection in the 2013 MLB draft by the Pittsburg Pirates.

The 2014 infield quartet of Marshall Boggs (1B), Matt Jones (2B), Chase Lunceford (SS) and Luke Reynolds (3B) were all named to the MACJC All-State team as freshmen and played a large role in helping the Eagles advance to the national championship game at the World Series in Enid, Okla. 

Boggs and Lunceford would go on to complete their four-year playing careers at Louisiana Tech University, while Jones finished at Tennessee Tech University and Reynolds would go on to Mississippi State University and later to the University of Southern Mississippi.

Rives also oversaw the development of Travious Relaford, who left Raymond after one season in 2011 after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Relaford was voted Best Athlete and Fastest Runner in the Giants organization by Baseball America for the 2011 draft class.

The 2010 infield at Hinds included the likes of Michael Busby (1B), Ryan Nance (2B), Manny Estrada (SS) and Nick Schneeberger (3B), and helped lead the Eagles to the 2010 state title. Busby and Nance would move on to the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), Estrada would continue at Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Schneeberger would advance to Tulane University.

Rives also served as the sports information director at Hinds, where he oversaw the redesign of the athletic website on three occasions as well as the production of all athletic publications and news releases. 

He started his collegiate playing career at Delta State University in Cleveland, spending the 2001 and 2002 seasons under one of the most highly-respected baseball minds in the country in Mike Kinnison. It was during these two seasons that the Statesmen compiled records of 50-11 (2001) and 50-8 (2002) and earned berths in the Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Ala.

After transferring to Moorhead for the 2003 season, Rives would move on to Mississippi College in Clinton, where he earned All-American Southwest Conference (ASC) honors as a senior infielder in 2005. He was voted Team MVP by his teammates and coaches at the conclusion of his senior campaign and also obtained All-Academic honors in his junior and senior seasons.

He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Mississippi College in 2005 and later received his Master of Arts degree in Social Science from MC in 2007. 

Rives, a Cleveland native, is married to Andrea, a former resident of Indianola, where the couple now resides. They have a daughter, Madelyn (10), and a son, Luke (6).

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Jarrod Parks
Assistant Baseball Coach
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Jarrod Parks is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program. He has a myriad of responsibilities, including serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and infield coach.

In 2017, Parks helped lead the Trojans offense to a .325 team batting average, as well as a .406 team on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage behind the strength of 36 home runs and 83 doubles.

He comes to Moorhead fresh off a head coaching stint at Starkville Academy, where he led the Volunteers to a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 regular-season championship in 2016 after compiling a 19-6 record.

Prior to his time at SA, Parks was an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College in 2014 and 2015. During his time in Scooba, he helped the Lions grab the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division title, as well as helping lead EMCC to its highest ranking ever on the national stage at No. 5 in the country.

Before entering the coaching ranks, the Madison native had a highly-decorated playing career at Mississippi State University, where he was one of three finalists for the Cellular South (C Spire Wireless) Ferriss Trophy after leading the MSU Bulldogs in several offensive categories as a senior in 2011, batting a team-leading .363 along with leading the team in hits (77), triples (three), walks (44), hit by pitches (20) and on-base percentage (.507).  He helped pace the 2011 Mississippi State club to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Atlanta Regional championship and a runner-up finish at the Gainesville Super Regional after topping the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in batting average through the regular season as a senior.

Parks, who graduated from MSU with a business administration degree, was chosen in the 24th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, where he advanced to the Angels' Class A Advanced affiliate (Inland Empire 66ers) in San Bernardino, Calif., during his rookie season before concluding his pro career a year later.

He is a product of the MACJC system, having spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Meridian Community College, where he hit .375 with 14 home runs as a sophomore in 2008 and was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region team. As a freshman, he was named to the all-state second team after hitting .407 with 19 extra-base hits and 40 runs batted in. He also excelled in the classroom at MCC, as he was selected to Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year honor society, for his work in the classroom.

Parks is a graduate of Madison Central High School and had a stellar high school career, which included being chosen as a two-time all-state, all-district and Jackson area all-metro honoree, as well as being selected to the 2006 Dandy Dozen team by The Clarion-Ledger.

He is married to Abbey and the couple resides in Moorhead.

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Jason Rosendal
Assistant Baseball Coach
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Jason Rosendal is now in his second year as a part of the Mississippi Delta Community College coaching staff. He serves as the Trojans’ pitching coach, where he will look to mold the MDCC arms much like he did in 2017.

Rosendal helped lead the 2017 version of the Trojans to a 29-19 overall record behind the starting duo of Cole Marsh and Trey Jones. Marsh, a Mississippi State University signee, finished with a 10-2 record and 2.69 ERA, while collecting 91 strikeouts in 80.1 innings pitched. Jones, despite a 3-5 record due to lack of run support, had a 1.93 ERA and allowed only 10 walks in 46.2 innings thrown.

Rosendal also tutored the likes of Brendan Painter, who had a 3-1 record with five saves and a 3.96 ERA in his rookie campaign a year ago.

The Kirkland, Wash., native came to the Delta after a head coaching stint at Ingraham (Wash.) High School, where he coached from 2014-2016. It was also during this time that Rosendal served as the head coach for the prestigious Seattle Stars 18U Elite summer league team, as well the lead pitching instructor for the Seattle Titans Baseball Club.

Rosendal has also spent time as a camp counselor for collegiate baseball camps at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Rosendal spent his collegiate playing days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Grays Harbor College (Wash.) and Saint Michaels College (Vt.). It was during his time at Grays Harbor where the left-handed pitcher was chosen for the All-Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Academic team.

Rosendal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in general studies with a concentration in organizational leadership and sports management from Southern New Hampshire University.

He currently resides in Moorhead.