Hawkins Named Head Baseball Coach
A big part of two distinct baseball programs playing in the NCAA Tournament the last four years, Jason Hawkins accepted the position of baseball head coach at San José State University. Gene Bleymaier, the Spartans' director of athletics, made the announcement. read more
A big part of two distinct baseball programs playing in the NCAA Tournament the last four years, Jason Hawkins accepted the position of baseball head coach at San José State University. Gene Bleymaier, the Spartans’ director of athletics, made the announcement.
Hawkins, who agreed to a four-year contract, comes to San José State after the University of Utah won the 2016 Pac-12 Conference regular season championship, the school’s first baseball title in the Pac-12 and first in any conference since 1997. The Utes concluded 2016 with their first NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament appearance in seven years.
The new San José State baseball head coach joined the Utes in 2015 as the associate head coach. Utah became the first team in Pac-12 baseball history to go from last place to conference regular season champion in back-to-back years since the league instituted the single round-robin format in 1999.
“First, I want to thank San José State for the opportunity to be its head baseball coach. I always wanted to be a head coach at the Division I level. I’m passionate about the opportunity to guide and lead a program,” says Hawkins, who turns 45-years old on July 23. “San José State can be a successful program. Getting people to believe is a big part of that. We can get things going and I am excited about getting started.
Dean Stiles joined the San José State University baseball program in July 2016 as an assistant coach.
Stiles spent the 2016 season as the pitching coach for Florida International University (FIU), helping pitcher Williams Durruthy get drafted in the 31st round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Prior to FIU, Stiles spent the 2012 to 2015 baseball seasons as the Oregon baseball program’s volunteer assistant coach in charge of pitching, in his second stint with the Ducks. Stiles was instrumental in the development of one of the top pitching staffs in the nation, helping lead the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In Stiles’ first two seasons in 2012 and 2013 working with the Ducks’ pitchers, Oregon finished in the top 15 in the country with consecutive sub-3.00 ERAs.
Stiles’ first stint with the Ducks program spanned from 2009 to 2011 as an administrative assistant and bullpen coach