Oliveira Voted Top Recruiter In Mountain WestSan Diego State assistant baseball coach Joe Oliveira has been voted the Mountain West's top baseball recruiter in a poll conducted by D1Baseball.com. Oliveira and New Mexico assistant Buddy Gouldsmith shared the honor in a vote of the league's seven head coaches. Read More
Mark Martinez is in his third season as the head coach at San Diego State, a position he assumed in 2015 after nine years as an Aztec assistant coach under the late Tony Gwynn.Martinez helped Gwynn transform and build the program into what it is today. He has helped guide the Aztecs to three regional appearances in the past six years after an 18-year absence from the postseason. Along the way, he has guided the team to back-to-back Mountain West Championships. He has also helped build an academic program that saw the highest APR in the history of the program last season, as well as the most scholar-athletes and highest team GPA in the history of the program. Martinez has had 37 players drafted in his time at San Diego State, and had six of those draft picks make the major leagues (Stephen Strasburg, Addison Reed, Justin Masterson, Bruce Billings, Quintin Berry and Lance Zawadski). In addition, Martinez has helped guide 41 Aztecs to All-Mountain West honors and six Aztecs to All-American accolades.
In his inaugural season at the helm of the Aztec program, Martinez saw his team capture its third consecutive Mountain West Championship and earn a third straight berth in the NCAA Regionals. The team’s final 41-23 record marked the first time the Aztecs finished with back-to-back 40-win campaigns since the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
Seven Aztecs earned all-league honors and the team produced a Freshman All-American, three All-West Region selections, three members of the NCAA Regional all-tournament team and five athletes on the conference championship all-tourney team including the MVP for the third year in a row. Four players (Bubba Derby, Steven Pallares, Mark Seyler, Ty France) were taken in the 2015 Major League draft as well.
Pitching Coach: San Diego State University
Sam Peraza enters his second season as the Aztecs’ pitching coach after being named to the position in July 2015. Peraza, who came to the Aztecs from Florida International where he served as the pitching coach the past two seasons.
The 37-year-old Peraza brings 12 years of pitching coaching experience to SDSU along with producing a total of four conference Pitchers of the Year and nine All-Americans as a pitching coach. The native of Los Angles is not unfamiliar with San Diego State as he concluded his college career as a member of the Aztec pitching staff during the 2002 campaign.
“We’re fortunate to have Sam Peraza join his on his return to the west coast” commented Martinez. “He brings a wealth of experience in the recruiting and development of pitchers. As a former Aztec he’s familiar with the university and the local area. His energy and enthusiasm will make him a great addition to the helping us carry out the mission of the SDSU baseball program.”
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Joe Oliveira enters his fourth season with the Aztecs as the hitting coach/recruiting coordinator after helping guide the team to Mountain West Championships in each of his first two seasons, including back to back 40-win seasons, and consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
Oliveira leads the recruiting effort, which has seen the 2014 recruiting class ranked 19th in the country by Baseball America. The 2015 recruiting class ranked 17th in the country by Perfect Game and the 2016 class rated 27th by D1Baseball.com. In addition, he has been named the top recruiter in the Mountain West in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Along with being the program’s recruiting coordinator, Oliveira’s responsibilities include working with all the hitters, catchers, outfielders, as well as coach third base during the games. He also assists Coach Martinez with all aspects of the program, including the academic program, which has set new records each of the last two years with a new record number of scholar athletes (22) and new team GPA (3.01) program highs.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Danny Benedetti was named San Diego State baseball’s Volunteer Assistant Coach and Camp Coordinator in August 2017. Benedetti, a Long Beach native, comes to the Mesa having spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Manhattan College, where he primarily worked with hitters while assisting with catchers and recruiting.
Prior to Manhattan, Benedetti spent three years working as a volunteer at his alma mater, St. John’s. Benedetti helped lead the Red Storm’s run to a 2015 Big East Championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Nine players from St. John’s 2015 team went on to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
No stranger to the west coast, Benedetti started his coaching career at Long Beach State, working as a graduate assistant from 2010-2013.