NCAA Regionals: (9) I NCAA Super Regional: (1)
Pepperdine-1 / 1988
UC Santa Barbara -1 / 1996
University of Arkansas – 3 / 1998, 1999, 2002 / Super Regional – 2002
Jacksonville University – 4 / 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Tim Montez will enter his second season as Head Coach of the Jacksonville University baseball program in 2015.
A 27-year coaching veteran, Montez took over the storied program at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The Dolphins Associate Head Coach since 2007, he has spent the past eight years on the JU staff and is widely regarded as one of the top pitching coaches and recruiters in the nation.
Montez has coached, recruited or worked with 15 Major League Players during the course of his career. Four of his former players have been first round draft picks, including former Dolphin ace Chris Anderson who was selected 18th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
Owning a natural talent to attract top prospects into the program, success has followed suite. Montez’s previous eight years with the JU program have been some of the most decorated in school history. With his assistance, the Dolphins staked claimed to four regional appearances in a six year span (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011). Along the way the team posted a 43 win mark in 2006 and made back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances for the first time since 1994-95.
The diamond is not the only area where the Dolphins have excelled. Just last fall the program achieved their highest team grade point average in recorded history posting a 3.32 for the semester. The record breaking performance backed up the 2011-12 academic year in which the Dolphins finished with a team average GPA of 3.15.
In the first season under his direction in 2014, the Dolphins posted their finest season since 2011 earning the fifth seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The year was highlight by victories over three top 20 teams, including a 3-1 win at No. 6 Florida on Apr. 22. His first collegiate head coaching win was one to remember as well with Jacksonville posting a 2-0 shutout at No. 19 TCU which would go on to finish the season in the College World Series.
His reputation as one of the top pitching coaches was only solidified when junior RHP Alex McRae was selected in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB First Year Player draft. McRae became the 17th top ten round pick for the stories program. In addition, redshirt-sophomore RHP Justin Russell was selected second team All-Atlantic Sun. At the plate senior Scott Schaub was tagged an All-American by the NCBWA following a year in which he ranked fifth in the nation with a .407 average and sixth with a .489 on base percentage. Schaub's .178 improvement from his junior year made him a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award given to college baseball's breakout player of the year.
When Montez first joined the JU program as an assistant his impact was felt immediately upon his arrival in 2006. The biggest benefactor of his presence was sophomore starter Matt Dobbins, who earned All-America honors and was named A-Sun Pitcher of the Year after tying for the most wins in the nation (12). Dobbins, who served as a position player as a freshman, had never pitched more than 3.2 innings in his Dolphin career.
In just his first year on staff, the Dolphins posted the lowest team ERA in 11 years. As the team’s recruiting coordinator, Montez helped produce the 38th best recruiting class nationwide in 2006, according to Collegiate Baseball.
All told during his nine years and counting working with the JU staff, 10 different pitchers have received 12 All-A-Sun recognitions. In addition, Anderson was a Collegiate Baseball & a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American in 2011.
In 24seasons od Division I baseball, Montez has coached, recruited or worked with 15 major league players including Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants), Michael Young (Los Angeles Dodgers), Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies), Eric Hinske (Arizona Diamond Backs), Adam Kennedy (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Matt Garza (Texas Rangers) and the recently retired Russ Ortiz.
Before JU, Montez has also served as a pitching coach with Fresno State, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine.
In his three years as Mike Batesole’s top assistant at Fresno State, Montez served as assistant head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator while being instrumental in assembling the staff’s first ranked recruiting class (No. 16) by Collegiate Baseball.
His 2005 class was ranked No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball and featured Freshman All-America honoree third baseman Beau Mills. Under his tutelage, Cody Smith (Texas Rangers, 2003) and David Griffin (Cincinnati Reds, 2004) inked professional contracts, while Richie Robnett (Oakland A’s) and Garza (Minnesota Twins) were selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Pitchers Doug Fister (New York Yankees - 7th round), Rudy Quinonez (Atlanta Braves - 12th round) and Michael Cooper (St. Louis Cardinals - 16th round) were also taken in the first day of the 2005 draft. The 2006 class was ranked 19th in the country giving Fresno State three straight top 20 recruiting classes in a row during Montez’s tenure.
Montez went to Fresno State following five seasons as an assistant at Arkansas under ABCA Hall of Fame head coach Norm DeBriyn. In his five years at Arkansas, Montez built a reputation for recruiting some of the top pitchers in the country. Arkansas’ ERA nearly dropped a full run in his first season, and a year later he guided the pitching staff to a school-record 22 conference victories en route to Razorbacks’ first SEC overall and Western Division titles. The team’s ERA continued its steady decline in 2002 as the team finished one game short of advancing to the College World Series.
Under Montez’s direction, each of his recruiting classes from 1998-01 for the Razorbacks were ranked among the top 30 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.
Prior to joining Arkansas, he served for one season as the pitching coach at Cal State Northridge, before they temporarily dropped its program. The Matadors compiled a 42-20 record in 1999, thanks in large part to a pair of 11-game winners in Benny Flores and Erasmo Ramirez (who played with the Texas Rangers, Oakand Athletics and Florida Marlins from 2003-07).
A native of Southern California who grew up in Whittier, Montez has always been one step ahead of the game in his coaching career. During a redshirt season at Pepperdine, he found time to coach Esperanza High School to the playoffs with a sparkling 1.86 ERA.
Montez’s coaching talents were recognized by then Pepperdine coach Andy Lopez, who added Montez to his staff. Montez directed the Waves’ pitching staff from 1989-90 and helped Pepperdine post a 78-42-1 record over that two-year period, including a conference title. His staff was two-time ERA leaders in the West Coast Conference while guiding the Waves to a NCAA West Regional appearance in 1989. Pepperdine boasted the conference pitcher of the year in both seasons along with two freshmen All-America honorees.
Montez returned to the high school baseball circuit in 1991 as an assistant coach at Montclair Prep High School in Van Nuys, Calif., where he coached future major leaguers Brad Fullmer and Russ Ortiz. Montclair amassed a 59-12 record in the three seasons of Montez’s tenure, including a state championship in 1991.
In 1994, Montez returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. He helped lead the Gauchos to the NCAA West Regional in 1996 and signed one of the top recruiting classes (1995-96) that included five-time All-Star selection Michael Young and the following year 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito.
A four-year letterwinner at Pepperdine, Montez posted a 19-11 record while collecting three saves and helped the Waves to a Southern California Baseball Association title his senior year. He earned all-conference recognition after tallying a 6-3 record and a career-best 2.80 ERA as a sophomore. Montez was a first-round draft pick of the Mexican League’s Mexico City Reds. He played two seasons before returning to the United States to begin coaching.
Montez is the father of three sons (David, Ryan and Adam) and two grandchildren (Aiden and Lilly). His son Ryan is a junior at JU. His niece, Monica, played softball at Florida State and was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006.