Kent BottenfieldHead Baseball Coach
Office Phone: (561) 803-2523
Coach Kent Bottenfield begins his second season leading Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Sailfish baseball program after being promoted to head coach during mid-season in 2012.
Bottenfield officially took the reins of the PBA program following the passing of former head coach and Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, who passed away Feb. 16, 2012 after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.
Bottenfield has a diverse background in baseball, playing in the professional ranks for 16 seasons (1986-2001) including 10 years at the major league level. His experience as a major league pitcher has been a tremendous benefit to the Sailfish pitching staff, while managing the day-to-day operations of the program.
Having spent his first season in the big leagues pitching to Carter while with the Montreal Expos in 1992, Bottenfield and Carter formed a bond that allowed the two to continue their work in the collegiate coaching ranks.
Bottenfield enjoyed his finest professional season in 1999 while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. There he was named to the National League All-Star team on his way to winning a career-high 18 games. Following his breakout season, he was traded to the Anaheim Angels in a blockbuster trade that brought the Cardinals back an All-Star of their own in centerfielder Jim Edmonds.
Drafted in the fourth round by the Expos in the 1986 amateur draft out of James Madison High School in Portland, Ore., Bottenfield would find himself in West Palm Beach during the early portion of his minor league career as he pitched in the Instructional League.
After working his way up through the minor league ranks, Bottenfield made his major league debut on July 6, 1992, as starting pitcher for the Expos against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bottenfield was called back to the majors in September 1992 and had the unique distinction of being the last starting pitcher to throw to Carter in his final game as a starting catcher.
Following his time with the Expos, Bottenfield pitched for the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cardinals, Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. He closed out his career with the Houston Astros in 2001. His final season was cut short when a shoulder injury sidelined him, forcing him into retirement from the game as a player.
With his playing career wrapped up, Bottenfield began pursuing his aspirations as a singer/songwriter. Settling near Nashville, Tenn., he released two contemporary Christian albums, Take Me Back (2004) and Back in the Game (2007).
Bottenfield and his wife, Pamela ’91, have three children, Emma, Eli and Lucy, The family lives in Palm Beach Gardens.