Sept. 26, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After reaching the NCAA Regionals in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1994-95, the Dolphin baseball team received back-to-back offseason honors as the 2007 recruiting class was tied for 40th in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 poll.
A two-headed monster, associate head coach Tim Montez and recruiting coordinator Chris Hayes have been able to maintain and foster the momentum of the Dolphin program with their efforts and coordination. The tandem has been able to establish a true national recruiting presence while maintaining JU's position in the talent-rich state of Florida.
After spending his previous 14 years as a recruiting coordinator at Fresno State, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara, Montez now has been involved with 11 recruiting classes that have earned national recognition. Hayes, who took over recruiting duties in 2006, now has back-to-back recruiting classes which have received national accolades.
"Our dynamic duo of Tim Montez and Chris Hayes has produced another outstanding recruiting class," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "This achievement is also a credit to the entire athletic support staff that assisted our players throughout the recruiting process."
Among the recruits which ranked in the Top 40 for the Dolphins are local products RHP Steven Eagerton (Eagle View Academy), OF Kyle Fleming (Stanton/South Georgia College) and IF Derik Grimes (Mandarin), IF K.C.Clabough (Melbourne, Fla.), OF Chris Connelly (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), C/IF Jeremy Gillan (Fort Pierce, Fla.), RHP Sean Green (Chesterton, Ind.), IF Jamaal Hawkins (Marietta, Ga.), IF Glen Johnson (Hobe Sound, Fla.), OF Jeff Klein (Gainesville, Fla.), RHP Matt Loosen (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), OF Thomas Myers (Lakewood, Colo.), RHP Billy Schlee (Olivet, Mich.) and LHP Matt Tomshaw (Kingston, N.Y.).
"Graduating 12 seniors from last year's squad is quite a challenge," Alexander said. "However, a good mix of incoming junior college and high school players gives me the confidence that we can contend for a championship with a young club."
The recruiting class recognition is the latest honor to top off another successful season by JU. Among the accomplishments in 2007, the Dolphins won their fourth Atlantic Sun Conference title, reached the NCAA Regionals for the 12th time in program history and senior outfielder Pete Clifford was named A-Sun "Player of the Year."