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Pawlowski Named Aztec Baseball Pitching Coach

San Diego State Head Baseball Coach Tony Gwynn has announced the addition of former Auburn Head Coach and Major League pitcher John Pawlowski to the Aztec baseball staff as SDSU's new pitching coach. Pawlowski brings with him 14 years' experience as a Division I head coach and six more as an assistant at nationally-ranked programs.

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Tony Gwynn

 

Head Coach: San Diego State University

Former major league all-star and San Diego State outfielder Tony Gwynn enters his 12th season at the helm of the Aztec baseball program. His tenure at SDSU follows a standout major league career that saw him inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007.

An All-American at San Diego State as a collegiate player, Gwynn was named SDSU's head baseball coach on September 21, 2001, and officially took the reins of the Aztec program in July 2002. He had served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Aztecs during the 2002 campaign under former head coach Jim Dietz, who retired at the end of that season.

Gwynn became only the fourth head coach in SDSU history since the sport of baseball was elevated to "major" varsity status in 1936. He succeeded the coach for whom he played for three years during his collegiate baseball career.

It didn't take him long to become acclimated to the college game as he was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in just his second season after leading the Aztecs to the league's regular-season title in 2004. In 2009 Gwynn led his Aztecs to a 43-21 record and its first trip to the NCAA Regionals since 1991. In 2013 he took his squad on a run that included a pair of wins over 13th-ranked New Mexico en route to the Mountain West Tournament title and another berth at the NCAA Regionals.

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Mark Martinez

 

Assistant Coach: San Diego State University

Mark Martinez begins his ninth season as an assistant coach at San Diego State. He was hired on July, 28, 2005, arriving at SDSU after 17 years as an assistant at the University of New Mexico.

Martinez's responsibilities include being in charge of the Aztec infielders and also serves as SDSU's third base coach during games. In addition, is involved with the Aztec baseball camps and clinics, a series of seminars offered each winter and summer.

"We feel very fortunate to have Mark in the Aztec baseball program," said Gwynn. "His experience and knowledge of the game are impressive and we feel he is a tremendous asset as we continue to build the program here at San Diego State University."

During his tenure as a hitting and infield coach at New Mexico, Martinez was a key member in leading the Lobo offense that became one of the most prominent in the nation under his tutelage.

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Joe Oliveira

 

Assistant Coach

Joe Oliveira begins his first season as an assistant coach at San Diego State baseball program. A former collegiate and professional catcher, he will work with Aztec players at that position as well as assisting other coaching duties. He will also serve as the Director of Aztec Baseball Camps and Clinics.

His most recent coaching assignment came during the summer of 2013 he was a coach at Battle Creek in the Northwoods League where he began the season as an assistant coach and was soon promoted to the head coaching position.

Prior to that coaching stint, Oliveira was a player in the Baltimore Orioles organization, the team that drafted him in the 15th round out of the University of the Pacific in June 2010. During his time as a professional payer he competed for Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League, Frederick in the Carolina League and Delmarva in the South Atlantic League.

A four-time letterman at Pacific (2006-10), Oliveira was a three-time all-big West Conference selection who was rated as the ninth-best catcher in the nation by Rivals.com in 2008. He was also named to the 2009 Johnny Bench Award Watch list, an honor presented to the top collegiate catcher in the nation.

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John Pawlowski

 

Pitching Coach

Former Auburn Head Coach and Major League pitcher John Pawlowski begins his first season as a member of the Aztec baseball staff as the pitching coach. Pawlowski brings with him 14 years' experience as a Division I head coach and six more as an assistant at nationally-ranked programs.

In five seasons at Auburn (2009-13), he guided the Tigers to a 167-126 (.560) record and took the program to the 2010 Southeastern Conference's Western Division Championship, its first since 1995, and a 2010 NCAA Regional Host assignment.

Under Pawlowski's direction Auburn had 29 players drafted over the past five seasons, the most in a five-year period in Auburn history. Seventeen of those draft picks had never before been selected and eight went in the first 10 rounds. In 2013 became the Third Winningest coach in Auburn Baseball History and during his time there took the Tigers to Four consecutive SEC Tournament appearances

The past two seasons Pawlowski took a more active role in Auburn's pitching staff, returning to a role he flourished in as an assistant coach. The 2012 and 2013 campaigns saw Auburn record staff earned run averages of 3.92 and 3.40. The team's ERA in 2013 was the lowest since the 1989 season and his two seasons marked only the second and third times since 1996 that the team ERA was under 4.00.

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Landon Burt

 

Director of Baseball Operations

Former Aztec player Landon Burt joins the San Diego State baseball program this season as the team's Director of Baseball Operations. He will assist the program by handling routine administrative duties and will also be involved in the organization and coaching for the Aztec Baseball Camps along with Assistant Coach Joe Oliveira.

He assumes the position after serving as an assistant coach at nearby Point Loma Nazarene University under Head Coach Joe Schaefer. During his season with the Sea Lions he coached the outfielders and served as the first base coach. He was also in charge of base running and assisted with the program's recruiting.

Prior to his time at Point Loma Nazarene, he was the assistant coach at local Del Norte High School where he coached with former SDSU teammate Reilly Embrey from 2009 to 2011.

Burt played four seasons of baseball at San Diego State where he was the regular starter in left field his final two years. He finished with a career batting average of .333 as an Aztec including a season-high .386 mark as a sophomore when he was named SDSU's Most Improved Player.

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Anthony Johnson

 

Director of Player Development

Aztec baseball alum Anthony Johnson returns to the San Diego State baseball program for his 12th season and will serve as the assistant director of operations for the second year. He began his affiliation with the Aztecs as a member of the operations staff in 2003, before serving as the team's volunteer assistant coach for three years.

The 41-year-old Johnson's return to a full-time teaching position in the local community at King-Chavez Primary Academy marked the end of his tenure as SDSU's volunteer field coach after the 2006 campaign, but he remains involved with the Aztec baseball on a part-time basis. He is currently the vice principal ay King Chavez Prep Academy.

Prior to the start of the 2005 season, Johnson had been a physical education teacher at O'Farrell Community School for 11 years. His post-collegiate baseball experience included duties as head coach at Lincoln High School from 1992 to 1997. He has also served as a part-time assistant at Crawford High School in San Diego.

While an athlete at San Diego State, Johnson played second, third and shortstop as well as in the outfield during his four seasons (1987-90). He was an all-Region VII and all-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior when he hit .329 with 47 runs scored, 39 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

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