Dave Lawn spent seven seasons (2001-07) as USC's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator before being named as head coach at Servite High School on June 5, 2007.
Lawn was instrumental in his first season at USC with the outstanding performance by National Player of the Year Mark Prior and the rest of the pitching staff. Prior set a school and Pac-10 Conference record with 202 strikeouts for the season. The pitching staff also set a school record and tied a Pac-10 record with 605 strikeouts. The staff's 3.46 ERA was the lowest at USC since 1978 (2.63).
He has coached four All-Americans while at USC: Prior, Rik Currier, Anthony Reyes and Ian Kennedy.
Lawn served in similar duties as assistant coach for 10 years at California prior to his tenure with USC. He was instrumental with recruiting classes that were ranked in the Top 30 nationally from 1991 to 1998, including 1998 National Freshman of the Year Xavier Nady, a 2000 first round draft pick and member of the 2000 USA National Team. He also coached Brian Oliver, who was the first-ever Freshman All-American in school history in 1996. At California, 28 players signed professional contracts as Lawn coached seven All-Americans, 10 All-Pac-10 and seven All-Pac-10 All-Academic players. Seven players that Lawn recruited or coached have gone on to play in the major leagues.
In the summer of 2000, Lawn served as manager for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League. The Whitecaps won the league championship and set the franchise record with 28 wins during the regular season.
In his first season at California, Lawn was part of a staff that led the team to the 1991 NCAA Midwest Regional final. The following year, the Bears won the East Regional championship and advanced to the 1992 College World Series. In 1995, the Bears again earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament and recorded a school-record 18 wins in Pac-10 play.
Prior to his stint at California, Lawn was the pitching coach and top recruiter at Nevada for two seasons (1989-90) as the Wolf Pack recorded back-to-back 30-win seasons. He was also the pitching coach at Contra Costa College in 1987 and 1988. Contra Costa won back-to-back Bay Valley Conference championships and played in the 1987 state tournament.
He graduated from San Francisco State in 1986 and pitched one year at UC Santa Barbara before suffering a career-ending arm injury. He was the team captain of the 1986 team at UCSB that won the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship. He was also drafted twice professionally in 1984 by the Minnesota Twins in the second round and by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the secondary draft.
Lawn and his wife, Stacey, have three children: Mackenzie, Michael and Matthew.