LANCASTER – Jacob Garsez has been tabbed the second head baseball coach in the history of University of Antelope Valley baseball, Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell announced. Garsez joins the Pioneers after being with the baseball program at Corban University since 2011.
There was a wide range of applicants for the coveted position, Bussell explained, but Garsez kept rising to the top of the list in every step of the hiring process.
“Jacob’s name was consistently mentioned as a tremendous candidate, and we are excited for him to provide the leadership and direction for our baseball program,” Bussell said. “Coach Garsez brings a winning mentality to the Pioneer baseball program. Not only was he able to offer an inspiring case for how to pursue ‘winning now,’ but he was able to clearly articulate how his coaching philosophy will integrate with the mission of UAV and align with our department’s commitment to building a culture of greatness.”
“He really fits the profile of the coaching staff here at UAV and we are confident that Jacob will make a great impact at UAV and in the Antelope Valley community,” Bussell added.
In his time at Corban, Garsez worked with the Warriors’ infielders and as the third base coach during the 2014 season. Additionally, he had been the team’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach since July 2012. During the last three seasons, Corban batters broke 11 individual offensive records and seven team offensive records. In his four years with the Warriors, the club amassed 114 wins, up from the 44 victories in the previous four seasons.
“The Antelope Valley community will be very impressed with the kind of man Jacob is both on and off the field,” University of Antelope Valley President Marco Johnson said. “We welcome him and his family with open arms and cannot wait to see what kind of impact he has on our student-athletes both as competitors and as citizens of our town.”
Prior to Corban, Garsez spent one season as head baseball coach at Caldwell (Idaho) High School. In 2011, Garsez was named 5A Southern Idaho Conference Coach of the Year after leading his alma mater to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
“My wife and I are excited for the opportunity to become part of the UAV family, and look forward to building a successful baseball program that exudes excellence in all areas,” Garsez said. “Most importantly, I look forward to meeting all the athletes and building relationships at UAV.”
Garsez played baseball collegiately at College of Idaho from 2007-09, helping lead the Coyotes to a 89-63 record that included a pair of NAIA Regional Runner-ups in 2007 and 2008. Prior to College of Idaho, he played at Columbia Basin (Wash.) College following a prep career at Caldwell (Idaho) High School, where he was an all-conference and first team all-state selection as a senior.
The University of Antelope Valley is entering its third year as a member of the NAIA and will join the California Pacific Conference for the 2015-16 school year.
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