Mike Batesole, a two-time National Coach of the Year, enters his 14th season as the head coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Under Batesole, the Bulldogs were put on stage in front of the nation and captured America's hearts as he took the Bulldogs from underdogs to wonderdogs in 2008 to claim the school's first Division I national championship for any men's sport. His Bulldogs won seven-straight conference titles from 2005-12 and made six NCAA appearances in that time, advancing to the regional title game three times before winning the National Championship.
Most recently, Batesole's Bulldogs finished third in the Mountain West with a 18-12 record and a 31-28 overall mark in their third season in the league. Fresno State got off to a great start in 2015, sweeping its season opening three-game series against 2014 College World Series participant UC Irvine. The 'Dogs posted a 20-8 mark at Beiden Field, and featured MW sweeps over UNLV and San Jose State in Fresno.
Steve Rousey enters his sixth season as head coach Mike Batesole's top assistant coach and the Bulldogs' pitching coach. Rousey joined the Fresno State baseball staff in the fall of 2010 and has assisted Coach Batesole in a variety of pursuits that include recruiting, player development, and academic success.
In 2015, the Bulldogs pitching staff was led by Jake Shull who led the Mountain West with a 1.90 ERA. Splitting his time between starting and relieving, Shull finished second in the conference in opposing batting average (.210) and third in saves (6) and went onto be an 11th round selection of the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 MLB Draft. Senior Garrett Mundell, a 23rd round pick of the New York Yankees, finished the season with an opposing batting average of .228, an ERA of 2.93, and picked up four saves. The 2015 Bulldog pitching staff also led the MW with a .252 opposing batting average.
In 2014, the pitching staff owned a 3.80 team ERA. Following the end of the season, three of the six Bulldogs drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft were pitchers. The 'Dogs were led by Jordan Brink as the junior posted an ERA of 2.87 along with 62 strikeouts. Brink went on to be selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round, while Derick Velazquez was selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round and Mundell forewent the MLB to return for his senior season after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mundell posted a 1.58 ERA with a 4-0 win-loss record.
Ryan Overland enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for Fresno State. Overland works with the catchers, and serves as the third base coach on game days.
Under Overland, standout catcher Taylor Ward became the highest drafted catcher in Fresno State program history in 2015 after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 26th overall selection. The junior started all 59 games leading the Bulldogs in home runs (7), RBI's (42) and total bases (104) and earned first-team All-Mountain West.
The 'Dogs have now had four catchers selected in the last three MLB Drafts as Ward joins Austin Wynns (10th Rd., Baltimore Orioles) and Trent Garrison (28th Rd., New York Yankees) in 2013 and Trent Woodward (20th Rd., Houston Astros) in 2014.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
JJ Mascolo enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Fresno State and works with the outfielders and short game.
For the past two years, Mascolo has been serving as an assistant at Western Oregon University as the infield coach helping the Wolves capture two Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles and ranked in the top 20 in fielding percentage and double plays turned. Prior to his time at WOU, Mascolo coached three years at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., as infield coach and recruiting coordinator making two NWAC tournament appearances.
In the summer of 2013, Mascolo led Post 58 Salem, Ore., based AAA American Legion team to a State Championship.
Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Kody Batesole enters his first season as an undergraduate coach for the Fresno State baseball team.
The son of head coach Mike Batesole, Kody was a member of the 2014 Diamond Dogs as he redshirted the season.
Batesole was a three-year letterwinner as a shortstop at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., under coach Tom Donald upon graduating in the spring of 2013. He was a member of the national championship team that clinched the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN RISE POWERADE Fab 50 national rankings in 2011 and graduated high school with a 3.0 GPA.