Mike Batesole, a two-time National Coach of the Year, enters his 15th 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 2006-12 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 won the Mountain West regular season championship in 2016 with a 21-9 mark in the conference and finished 36-22 overall for its most wins in a season since 2011. Batesole picked up his first career Mountain West Coach of the Year honor in 2016 as eight ‘Dogs earned All-MW honors with four being named First-Team and four picking up Second-Team honors.
Ryan Overland enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for Fresno State. Overland works with the catchers, and serves as the third base coach on game days.
Overland helped the ‘Dogs capture their first Mountain West championship in 2016 as it was his fourth conference championship team he has been apart of at Fresno State after winning three WAC championships as a player (2006-08).
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.
Fresno State baseball head coach Mike Batesole has announced the addition of Jermaine Clark to the Bulldogs coaching staff on July 19.
“We are very excited to have Jermaine on board,” said Batesole. “He fully understands and is committed to our program goals of ‘Degrees and Rings.’ We were diligent in our search to hire a coach who would move forward with our 22 straight semesters of over a 3.00 Team GPA as well as fight to win our ninth championship ring.”
A scout with the Oakland Athletics for the last nine years, Clark brings major league baseball playing experience to the Bulldogs as the Vacaville, Calif., native played for five franchises over a four-year playing career from 2001-05. A left fielder as well as a second baseman during his professional career, Clark played in 46 games collecting 12 hits in 78 official at-bats and added three doubles, three stolen bases, nine RBIs and nine runs scored in his career.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Pat Waer returns to Fresno State after a five-year absence. Waer was an assistant coach and served under Head Coach Mike Batesole as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Fresno State from the the fall of 2005-2012.
In his time as an assistant, the Bulldogs won seven WAC championships, participated in six
NCAA regionals, a Super Regional, and won the 2008 National Championship. He left for his alma mater, Washington State University, in 2012 and served as the recruiting coordinator at WSU and Fresno State. His last seven recruiting classes included 17 drafted high school players, 32 first-team All-WAC selections, five WAC MVP’s, two WAC pitchers of the year, nine All-Americans, four freshman All-Americans, five All-PAC 12 award winners, one Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist, 51 major league baseball draft selections, and two first round picks. His 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 recruiting classes at Fresno State were ranked nationally by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America at 10th, 28th, 19th, and 20th respectively.
Waer has coached nine players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues, including Fresno State’s Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees who won the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby. Over the course of the last two decades as a head coach (11), assistant high school and junior college coach (2), and a Division 1 assistant (9), Waer has coached in 913 baseball games where he has a record of 541-370-2 for a .592 winning percentage.
Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Kody Batesole enters his second season as an undergraduate coach for the Fresno State baseball team.
Batesole helped the ‘Dogs capture their first Mountain West championship in his first season with the Bulldogs in 2016.
The son of head coach Mike Batesole, Kody was a member of the 2014 Diamond Dogs as he redshirted the season.
Director of Baseball Operations
TIm Borst is in his first season as director of baseball operations at Fresno State.
A native of Moreno Valley, Calif., Borst is responsible for coordinating team travel, budget planning, on-campus recruiting and the day-to-day operations of the baseball program.
In addition, Borst serves as the liaison between the baseball staff and academic services, media relations, marketing, fundraising, ticketing and the training room staff.