JOHN SMITH FIELD
Sacramento State's John Smith Field opened in 1953, was renovated in 2002, and received lights for the first time during the 2016 season.read more
Reggie Christiansen joined the Sacramento State Hornets as an assistant coach prior to the 2009 season under then head coach John Smith. Christiansen was named the program’s head coach in 2011 and, now entering his ninth season at the helm for the Hornets, Christiansen has led his teams to seven straight 30+ win seasons, six straight postseason appearances, two tournament titles, and more.
Prior to Sacramento State, Christiansen was the head coach at South Dakota State for four years (2005-08). He served as the team’s hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach. He was also an assistant coach at Kansas (2003-04) while he made his debut as a head coach with his alma mater, Menlo College, in 2002. Christiansen graduated from Menlo in 1998 with a degree in business administration and received his master’s degree from Kansas in 2004 in health, sport and exercise science. A native of Ferndale, Calif., Christiansen and his wife Amber have two sons, Ryan and Reese, and a daughter, Ava.
Sacramento State Highlights: 2011-2018 (Eight seasons)
Associate Head Coach
Jake Angier was promoted to pitching coach in August 2016 after three season serving as the Hornets recruiting coordinator and assisting in several areas on the field as an assistant coach. Angier played for head coach Reggie Christiansen for two years at South Dakota State and served as an assistant coach with the Jackrabbits for three seasons before serving as the pitching coach at North Dakota State for three years. He has 10 years of Div. I coaching experience.
In his second season as pitching coach, Angier led the 2018 Hornet pitching staff to a new program record with 456 strikeouts, passing the previous record by 33 (423, 1988) and shattering the record for Div. I strikeouts of 412, set during his first season in 2017. For the second straight year, Angier’s staff led the WAC in nearly every pitching category, including ERA, hits allowed per nine, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, WHIP, and walks-per-nine. Of those, the team’s seven shuouts (T-8th), 3.26 K:BB (5th), and 2.37 BB/9 (2nd) were among the top 10 in all of NCAA Div. I.
The team’s seven shutouts in 2018 were tied for second-most in program history. The team’s 140 walks (2nd), .255 opponent’s batting average (T-4th), and 14 saves (T-5th) were all top-5 marks in program history, as well. Under Angier, three pitchers were named to the All-WAC first or second team in 2018
Tim Wheeler enters his second season with Sacarmento State after joining the staff as assistant coach in 2017. In his current role, Wheeler works with the team’s outfielders and hitters while also assisting in recruiting, analytics, video, strength and conditioning training, and fundraising.
Wheeler returned to his alma mater in 2017 after concluding a seven-year professional career that saw him play four seasons for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate. He began his coaching career as a hitting coach with the Humboldt Crabs in the summer of 2016.
A first-round pick (32nd overall) of the Rockies in 2009, Wheeler was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the team’s minor league system by MLB.com entering 2013. He is Sacramento State’s highest draft pick in program history, as no other Hornet has ever been taken prior to round four.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Coach Bill Kernen joined the Hornet baseball program in July 2018 with over two decades of collegiate coaching experience with him. The long-time head coach and assistant coach serves as the team’s bench coach, coach the catchers, and assist with practice planning.
Kernen most recently served as the head coach at California State University, Bakersfield from 2007 to 2015. Hired as the program’s inaugural head coach, Kernen led the Roadrunners to a Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2013 and a WAC Tournament Championship in 2015. He was named the WAC Coach of the Year in both of those seasons.
Between Coach Kernen and Coach Christiansen, the two have won either a WAC regular season championship or a WAC tournament title in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Their teams have made a combined three trips to the NCAA Tournament during that span, as well as been named WAC Coach of the Year in four of the past 7 years (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).