MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005
JU Names Tim Montez New Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
July 11, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tim Montez, an assistant head coach at Fresno State for the past three years, has been named the new pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville University, head coach Terry Alexander announced today. In 14 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level, Montez has had 28 pitchers sign professional contracts and has coached, recruited or worked with 12 major league players including Russ Ortiz (Atlanta Braves), Barry Zito (Oakland Athletics), Mike Young and Erasmo Rameriz (Texas Rangers), Adam Kennedy (Anaheim Angels), Cliff Lee (Cleveland Indians), Eric Hinske (Toronto Blue Jays), and Dan Wright (Chicago White Sox). Montez also served as a pitching coach with Arkansas, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine.
"This is the beginning of a new chapter in Jacksonville University baseball," said Alexander, who has led the Dolphins to six NCAA regional appearances since taking over the program in 1991. "We are very fortunate to have one of the top pitching coaches in the nation join our staff. Tim Montez is a gifted coach who knows what it takes to build a winning Division I program.
"Tim's eye for talent and proven track record with major league players will also give us the opportunity to bring top-level student-athletes to JU. The bar has now been raised for our program and the level of anticipation for the upcoming season is at an all-time high."
Montez has also been part of programs which have earned five NCAA Post-Season Regional berths (Pepperdine -1, UCSB - 1, Arkansas - 3), including a spot in the Super Regional (Arkansas, 2002).
"One of the biggest reasons I decided to come to JU was the great sense of family we felt within the coaching staff and the athletic department," said Montez. "I was blown away by the effort Alan Verlander, Terry Alexander and his staff did to make this situation work for me and my family.
"This is going to be a team effort and I'm going to do my best to get the Dolphin program back on the national spotlight where it used to be."
In four years as Mike Batesole's top assistant at Fresno State, Montez served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in assembling the staff's first recruiting class that was ranked No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball and included consensus All-American outfielder Richie Robnett and Freshman All-Americans Christian Vitters and Nick Moresi. His 2005 class was ranked No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball and featured Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American third baseman Beau Mills. Under his tutelage, Cody Smith (Texas Rangers, 2003) and David Griffin (Cincinnati Reds, 2004) inked professional contracts, while Robnett (Oakland A's) and pitcher Matt Garza (Minnesota Twins) were selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Pitchers Doug Fister (New York Yankees - 6th 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.
Montez came to Fresno State after spending five seasons as an assistant at the University of Arkansas under ACBA 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, evident by the Razorbacks' steady improvement in team ERA during his tenure. Arkansas' ERA nearly dropped a full run in his first season, going from a school record 6.20 to 5.28 in 1998. It dipped to 5.12 in 1999 as 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 2001 as the staff recorded a 4.65 ERA, finishing one game short of advancing to the College World Series.
Under Montez' direction, each of Arkansas' recruiting classes from 1998-01 was ranked among the top 25 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Montez has been part of successful programs throughout his playing and coaching careers. Prior to joining Arkansas, he served for one season as the pitching coach at Cal State Northridge under Mike Batesole. 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.
A native of Southern California who grew up in Whittier, Montez has always been one step ahead of the game, especially 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' 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-Americans. 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 Anaheim Angels designated hitter Brad Fullmer and Atlanta Braves right-hander Russ Ortiz. There, he helped mold one of the top prep squads in California, capturing a state championship in 1991. Montclair amassed a 59-12 record in the three seasons of Montez's tenure.
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 2004 American League All-Star Michael Young (Texas Rangers) and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Oakland Athletics).
A four-year letterwinner at Pepperdine, Montez posted a 19-11 record on the mound while collecting three saves and helped the Waves to a Southern California Baseball Association championship his senior year. He earned all-conference recognition after tallying a 6-3 record and a career-best 2.80 ERA his sophomore season. Montez was a first-round draft pick of the Mexican League's Mexico City Reds. He played two seasons before returning to the United State to begin coaching.
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