Tim Montez enters his first season as Head Coach of the Jacksonville University baseball program in 2014.
A 27-year coaching veteran, Montez took over the storied program at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The Dolphins Associate Head Coach since 2007, he has spent the past eight years on the JU staff and is widely regarded as one of the top pitching coaches and recruiters in the nation.
Montez has coached, recruited or worked with 15 Major League Players during the course of his career. Four of his former players have been first round draft picks, including former Dolphin ace Chris Anderson who was selected 18th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
Owning a natural talent to attract top prospects into the program, success has followed suite. Montez's previous eight years with the JU program have been some of the most decorated in school history. With his assistance, the Dolphins staked claimed to four regional appearances in a six year span (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011). Along the way the team posted a 43 win mark in 2006 and made back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances for the first time since 1994-95.
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.
"Chris and I have had a great relationship since we began working together my first three years here at Jacksonville. I am very excited about welcoming him back," said Head Coach Tim Montez. "He knows this university inside out and knows what it is going to take to get this storied program back in the national spotlight where it has been in the past. Coach Alexander spent most of his life building the foundation of this program and now we are truly humbled to take over the reins, and relentlessly pursue our goal of competing for a national championship. The valuable experience Chris' has gained running his own program, will no doubt benefit our student athletes both on and off the field."
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.
Chuck Jeroloman joined Coach Montez's staff as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator July of 2013 after two years on Jim Schlossnagle's staff at TCU.
"I am very happy to welcome Chuck, his lovely wife Tara and their two children into our Dolphin family," said Montez. "He comes very highly recommended from out in the baseball community. He is very versatile, and very well connected down in the South Florida region which will help us as he leads our recruiting efforts."
"It's an honor to join the staff at JU and work with Coach Montez and Coach Hayes," said Jeroloman. "My family and I are truly excited to become part of the Jacksonville community and JU family. The opportunity to work for a great university, with an extremely respected staff, in my home state is something I couldn't pass up."
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alex Swenson enters his first season as the volunteer assistant coach of the Jacksonville University baseball program where he will be leading the catchers and assisting with the pitching staff.
JU's version of the "Iron Man," Swenson was one of the first three-year captains in JU history and a member of the Dolphins' NCAA Regional Teams in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Known for his skills and durability behind the plate, Swenson had a career fielding percentage of .987. Swenson played in a total of 148 games during his career at JU and received the nickname "Iron Man" after catching every game in the 2010 season, and a stretch of 109 of 112 games through the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Swenson played alongside a number of talented players while at JU. Fifteen of his teammates where selected in the MLB draft, notably Chris Anderson (1st round to Los Angeles) and Adam Brett Walker (3rd round to Minnesota).
Director of Baseball Operations/Camp Coordinator
Eric Vasquez joined the Jacksonville University baseballprogram in August of 2013. Vasquez will assume the role of director of baseball operations.
"On the administration side of things, Eric will be our Director of Baseball Operations. I am truly grateful for the leap of faith he and his family have made in moving across country to be part of our family here at JU," said HEda Coach Tim Montez. "Eric has a strong baseball background, along with valuable administration experience which will be a huge benefit in our every day to day operations."
Vasquez has over 10 years of baseball experience and makes his way to the River City from California where he was on staff at the College of the Desert this past season. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, his duties for the Dolphins will include travel coordination, camp director and the organizing of other administrative duties.