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L.A. Dodgers Select Chris Anderson In First Round of MLB Draft
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jacksonville University's Chris Anderson in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Taken with the No. 18 overall pick, Anderson becomes the highest drafted player in school history.
Tim Montez, who boasts 27 years of coaching experience (23 at the Division I level), enters his seventh season at JU after serving as assistant head coach at Fresno State from 2002-05. Regarded as one of the top pitching coaches and recruiters in the nation, Montez added the title of Head Coach to his credits in 2007.
Assistant Head Coach
Former player and assistant coach Chris Hayes has been named the Assistant Head Coach for the Jacksonville University baseball program. A 1995 graduate of Jacksonville, Hayes, was previously on staff from 2003-08 before taking over the Seminole State College of Florida program where he has served for the past five seasons. He brings to the program 12 years of coaching and nine years of playing experience at the collegiate and professional levels.
Hayes makes his return to the River City after leading Seminole State to a 125-113-1 overall record the past five seasons and represented the Mid-Florida Conference in the FCSAA state tournament this spring. During his tenure 51 student-athletes have moved on to play at four-year universities and 11 have been selected in MLB draft. Among the 32 were named all-conference selections Hayes has mentored, eight earned all-state recognition including the 2013 conference Pitcher of the Year, 2011 Player of the Year, 2010 Fireman of the Year and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year.
Development off the field is a priority for Hayes as well as he has coached four academic all-americans and participated over 40 community service projects by the team.
Jeroloman joins the JU program after spending the past two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at TCU following a seven-year professional playing career.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., he will serve as the Dolphins recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching the infielders, outfielders and catchers.
During his time at TCU, Jeroloman coached the hitters, infielders and catchers and was part of a staff that guided the team to a 69-50 record and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional in 2012. Under his tutelage, TCU finished 3rd nationally in double plays in 2011 and in 2012 led the BIG 12 in fielding in the regular season at .976 and finished 2nd overall after post season play at .975.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alex Swenson was a three time captain and catcher at Jacksonville University from 2006-2011. Swenson help lead JU to three NCAA Regional appearances during his tenure. Following his collegiate career, Swenson signed a professional contract with the Newark Bears.
Director of Baseball Operations/Camp Coordinator
Eric Vasquez originally from southern California, played baseball at Fullerton College and then continued his education at California State University Fullerton where he graduated 1997 with a degree in Human Services.