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 10th season at the helm for the Hornets, Christiansen has led his teams to eight straight 30+ win seasons, eight straight postseason appearances, three 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: 2011-2019 (Nine seasons)
Tyler LaTorre joined the Hornet baseball staff prior to the 2019-20 season and serves as the team’s pitching coach.
Prior to Sacramento State, LaTorre has been the pitching coach at San Jose State for two seasons where he has coached a pair of all-Mountain West selections include a co-MWC Pitcher of the Year. This past season, Andrew Mitchel led the conference with 112 strikeouts and became the first SJSU pitcher to have over 100 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons in 15 years. Fineas Del Bonta-Smith also tied the school record with nine saves and left the program ranked second all-time with 14 career saves.
La Torre signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants following his collegiate career and spent 10 seasons in the minor leagues, including parts of four seasons at Triple-A. He was part of two championship teams and also was invited to the Giants’ Major League spring training in 2011 and 2013. La Torre was also recognized for his work off the field as he was the recipient of the Nettle Rappe “Good Guy” award in 2008.
Following his playing career, La Torre spent two seasons coaching at San Francisco State, where he served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Presently, LaTorre is a catcher for the Italian National Team. The team competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and won the 2012 European Championship.
Former Hornet David Flores began his third stint with the program prior to the 2020 season. Most recently, Flores served as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners’ Dominican Academy for two seasons in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, he was the hitting coach for the team’s affiliate in the Midwest League in 2017.
Flores’s second stretch with Sacramento State came in 2015, when he served two seasons as the program’s volunteer assistant and was responsible for coaching the infielders. Prior to that return to Sacramento State, Flores played four years for the Hornets and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB draft.
Flores played at Sacramento State from 2005-08 and still ranks highly in program history in a number of career records. He is the all-time program leader with 57 career doubles and is tied for second in program history with 128 career runs scored, third with 226 career hits, and eighth in career RBIs. He was a 2007 first team All-WAC selection and was second team All-WAC in 2006 and 2008.
Flores played four seasons of professional baseball and reached the AA level in 2011. He totaled a .258 batting average with 47 home runs and 192 RBIs while playing for three pro teams before retiring in 2011.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Following the 2019 season, Toby DeMello transitioned into the role of volunteer assistant coach for the Hornets.
In his first year with Sacramento State, DeMello filled the role of Director of Operations and Analytics. During his first year with the program, the Hornets went 40-25, won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, and advanced to their third NCAA Regional in the last six seasons where they won a regional game against #19 UC Santa Barbara.
DeMello was a four-year player at Saint Mary’s College and was drafted in the 29th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He played three seasons of Minor League Baseball. A Roseville native, DeMello attended Roseville HS.