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James Chester's Bio

Jim Chester is entering his first year as the head coach of the Gardner-Webb baseball team, taking over the program in June 2019.

Chester, who spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Barton College, brings a total of 16 years of collegiate coaching experience to GWU – including the previous 13 as a head coach. He was named 2019 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year after leading Barton to the biggest turnaround nationally in NCAA Division II.
Chester replaces Rusty Stroupe, who retired after 17 years at the helm of the Runnin’ Bulldogs following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Chester led the Barton Bulldogs to a 31-20 overall record this past season, earning a second-place finish in the Conference Carolinas standings and also taking home 2019 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to his time at Barton, Chester spent three seasons as the head coach at Division II Lock Haven (Pa.) University, taking a program that was 13-28 overall prior to his arrival to a 32-18 overall record in 2017, a year in which the Bald Eagles had a tenth-round selection in the MLB Draft and five All-Conference selections.
Chester was the head coach at Penn State University-Greater Allegheny for seven seasons from 2008-2014, where he was 239-84-1 (.739) overall, leading his squad to six United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) World Series appearances.

Chester began his collegiate coaching career in 2003 at Seton Hill University, where he was an assistant coach and admissions counselor for two seasons.

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