TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2007
Baseball announces coaching staff title restructuring
Feb. 6, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team unveiled its title restructuring within the coaching staff after enjoying one of the most successful seasons in program history last season.
Head Coach Terry Alexander, who led the Dolphins to their first A-Sun regular-season title and a spot in the NCAA Regionals, has promoted pitching coach/recruiting coordinator Tim Montez to associate head coach and assistant coach Chris Hayes will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.
"Tim and Chris are each deserving of this promotion after all of the success we enjoyed last season," said Alexander, who was named A-Sun "Coach of the Year". "With these two individuals and Les Wright working tirelessly to improve the program, I believe I have one of the top coaching staffs in the country."
Montez, who is in his second season at JU after arriving from Fresno State, led the Dolphin pitching staff to its lowest team ERA (4.19) since 1995, the most strikeouts (349) since 2001, the second most saves in program history (18) and featured their first All-America honoree (Matt Dobbins) since Casey Shumaker in 2001. A 15-year veteran in the Division I coaching ranks, Montez has now helped six teams to the NCAA postseason (Pepperdine - 1, UC Santa Barbara - 1, Arkansas - 3, Jacksonville - 1), including an appearance in the Super Regional (Arkansas, 2002).
Hayes, who is in his fourth season on the staff after starring with the Dolphins from 1992-95, teamed with Montez last year to produce the 38th ranked recruiting class in 2006 according to Collegiate Baseball's Top 40 Poll. After serving as recruiting coordinator in his first two seasons, Hayes will continue to use his connections in his home state while Montez handles visits across the nation. Also a hitting instructor and defensive coach, Hayes saw the Dolphins post a fielding percentage over .960 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1994-95. Offensively, the squad had the second most hits in program history (692) and the fifth-best team batting average (.314), which was the highest since 1997.
JU will next host Florida A&M at Alexander Brest Field on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Freshman pitcher Carson Andrew, a local product from Episcopal High School, will make his Dolphin debut against freshman RHP Miguel Pargo.