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Seven Highlanders Drafted In 2011 Major League Baseball Draft

UC Riverside's Matt Andriese was the first Highlanders baseball player selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, as the San Diego Padres took him 112th overall in the third round of the draft.


Doug Smith


Head Coach: UC Riverside

Doug Smith was appointed as the fourth head baseball coach in UC Riverside history in September 2004, following 25 years as the top assistant and hitting coach at his alma mater.

Entering his eighth season, Smith has compiled an overall record of 210-172 including a 84-73 mark in Big West competition. That includes UC Riverside's first Big West Conference Baseball Championship in 2007 and a trip to the NCAA Regionals that same year. After the season, with a program-best conference record of 16-5 in tow, Smith was named Big West Coach of the Year.

In a collegiate career spanning over 1,800 games, Smith has helped the Highlanders to 10 postseason appearances, including one Division II National Championship, one Big West Conference Title, and two NCAA Division I West Regional appearances.

As the Highlanders' hitting coach, Smith has seen his teams set nearly every significant offensive school record, including batting average, home runs, runs, RBI and extra base hits. In addition, the 2003 Highlanders led the Big West in batting average and homers and had the fourth highest team batting average in Division I.


  • 2007 Big West Coach of the Year.

Bobby Applegate


Assistant Coach: UC Riverside

Bobbby Applegate comes to UC Riverside after eight seasons as the pitching coach at Brigham Young. Prior to his time with the Cougars, Applegate spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Air Force Academy. He led the Academy to more Division I victories then ever before in its history in 2002.

In 2002-2003, Applegate worked as an associate scout with the Kansas City Royals and as an instructor in the Academy P.E. Department. He also was an assistant coach with the Falcon boxing team, helping them to their fifth straight NCAA Boxing Championship.

Applegate is a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern Colorado with a degree in kinesiology. He was inducted into the USC Diamond of Fame in 1999.

A native of San Diego, CA, Applegate played two seasons (1991-93) at Southwestern Community College in San Diego. He then transferred to Southern Colorado where he pitched in 1993-94. In 1994, Applegate was named the Colorado Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and in 1995 was named to the All-Mile High Intercollegiate team.


Bryson LeBlanc


Assistant Coach: UC Riverside

Bryson LeBlanc joined the Highlanders coaching staff in August of 2011 following four years at Oregon where he helped build the program from its infancy as the team was brought back for the 2009 season after the school discontinued the sport in 1981.

At various times, LeBlanc served as the team's first base coach, worked with the team's outfielders, assisted with Oregon's hitting and offense, and oversaw Oregon baseball camps and clinics as the director for four years.

He coached Pac-10 All-Conference selection Danny Pulfer, who in 2011 became the first UO position player to earn the honor since the program was reinstated. Following 2011, Oregon also had three position players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft: Jack Marder (16th round), Pulfer (19th round) and KC Serna (42nd round).

For two years, LeBlanc was also the head coach of the expansion Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League. In 2011, during the team's second year, LeBlanc recruited and coached a roster that had seven players voted to the WCL All-Star Game, including the game's MVP, Spencer O'Neil.


Jake Valentine


Assistant Coach: UC Riverside

Valentine comes to the Inland Empire after two seasons as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin where the Jacks went 63-56 overall and 36-30 in the Southland Conference. Under Valentine's baserunning tutelage, outfielder Bryson Myles stole 53 bags during the 2011 season nearly doubling the previous SFA single-season high.

Prior to joining the Jacks' staff, Valentine worked as an assistant coach at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington where he oversaw the team's offense, worked with the infielders, and coached third base. He also spent a summer with the Portland Stars in the WCL Collegiate Summer League where he served as the offensive coordinator and coached third base.

A communications major, Valentine graduated from Hawaii Pacific in 2009 where he played for two years under Coach Garett Yukumoto and majored in communications. While at HPU, Valentine was a team captain for both years, and left the islands after setting numerous school records including triples, walks and on-base percentage both for his career and single season. The Sea Warriors enjoyed back-to-back 30-plus win seasons during Valentine's time in the Aloha State.

Before becoming a member of the Sea Warriors, Valentine played for Coach Donegal Fergus at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington.

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