After serving one year as interim head coach, Jeremy Beard was hired as permanent head coach of the Roadrunners in July of 2017.
Beard led the Roadrunners to a resurgence in 2017, as the team turned their record around from a 19-37 record to a 32-24 finish in 2017. The Roadrunners finished in third place in the Western Athletic Conference, placed seven players on All-Conference teams and for the third time in five years had a pitcher earn ‘Pitcher of the Year’ in Max Carter.
Beard came to CSUB after coaching at the University of Portland during the 2014 and 2015 seasons serving as the outfield and hitting coach for 19-year head coach, Chris Sperry. In 2014, Coach Beard was the Head Baseball Coach in the West Coast Collegiate League for the Portland Lobos.
A 20-year veteran, Beard started his coaching career soon after playing at and graduating from Oregon State University in 1997, serving as the Head Baseball Coach at Central Catholic High School (1998-2001) in Portland, Ore.
Jonathan Johnson is in his second season as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield in 2018. “Jonathon Johnson adds a spark to everything we do here,” said CSUB’s Head Coach, Jeremy Beard. “He is a tremendous practice and game coach and is learning the recruiting and administrative side daily. He offers our program an exceptional amount of energy and care for developing players. He is a top-tier infield, short game, and baserunning coach with a passion for the game and will only continue to grow as a mentor for our student-athletes.”
Johnson was a four-year letterwinner for Loyola Marymount from 2008-11. He earned first team All-Conference honors in 2009. He holds the LMU record for most triples in a season (9, 2010), most sacrifice hits (16, 2010) in a season, and triples in a career (19). He graduated from LMU with a degree in sociology.
In 2011, Johnson played Independent baseball for the Shreveport Captains and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League during the 2011-12 offseason where he spent two and a half years. In 2012 he was the team MVP, starting second basemen in the Frontier League All-Star game, broke the team’s base on balls record, and set a league record by reaching base in the first 65 games of the season.
Ryan Cisterna joined the CSU Bakersfield baseball staff as an assistant coach in summer of 2017.
“Ryan Cisterna offers a strong presence on our staff as our catching coach and will play a major role in our recruiting efforts,” said CSUB’s Head Coach, Jeremy Beard. “His ability to develop catchers is as good as anyone I’ve been around and is considered one of the nation’s best. His ability to evaluate and recruit players up and down the west coast will impact our program.”
Cisterna comes to Bakersfield after spending six years on the coaching staff at Grand Canyon university, where he primarily worked with the hitters and catchers.