Alvis joined the Mustangs coaching staff in 2017, serving as the team's assistant coach. He works primarily with the pitchers.
Alvis rejoined the UMBC softball coaching staff in September of 2013, after having served on head coach Joe French's staff from 2002-04. Alvis works most closely with the team’s pitching staff.
In his first season back, Alvis helped the Retrievers’ pitching rotation to one of its most successful stints in recent memory, seeing the program’s first-ever perfect game come from rookie Kelly Lane, as well as a no-hitter from classmate Jessica Holte. The freshmen duo each earned America East All-Rookie Team honors after guiding the Retrievers’ to their first America East Championship appearance since 2011. In 2015, The Retrievers’ pitching staff held opponents to the program’s lowest hit total since 2010 (382) and recorded 198 strikeouts, the most since 2012. Holte was recognized on the America East All-Conference Second Team as a pitcher, while Lane received the same honor as a utility player.
Alvis spent his two previous seasons at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where he helped the Gators to their best record in the program’s short history in 2013. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Alvis spent six seasons as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s, where he compiled 118 wins, the most in program history, and was honored as the 2006 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
During his first tenure with the Retrievers, Alvis helped French guide UMBC to a Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season title, an NEC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Regional Tournament game victory, the first by any Retriever team in school history. During his stint, UMBC amassed a 114-77 overall mark, including a program-best 47 victories in 2002.
Alvis also spent seven seasons with the Anne Arundel Community College softball team, as an assistant coach for six years and moving to the helm in 2001. He led the Pioneers to a second-place finish at the NJCAA National Championship. AACC advanced to the National Championship game five years in a row, including back-to-back third-place finished during Alvis’ reign.
Alvis, a 1979 graduate of UMBC with a bachelor's degree in political science, currently resides in Pasadena, Md. with his wife, Sharon.