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Triton Baseball in the Professional Ranks

It's time to take our annual look at the current whereabouts of former University of California San Diego Tritons in professional baseball.
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Eric Newman


Head Coach

Eric Newman is in his fifth season as the head coach of the UC San Diego baseball program in 2016. He was named to the position on Aug. 29, 2011, becoming the Tritons' second leader since the school moved to NCAA Division II status for the 2001 season.

The 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year has compiled records of 133-85 overall and 99-57 in arguably the toughest conference nationally in the NCAA Division II. Newman has directed the Tritons to two CCAA tournament titles and one CCAA regular-season banner, compiling four straight winning campaigns, three of them with 30-plus wins, over his first four in La Jolla. UCSD has earned three berths in the NCAA West Regional, and has played in back-to-back West Region finals.

In 2015, Newman's pitching staff set new single-season program records for lowest earned run average (2.84), shutouts (13), strikeouts (469) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.72). The All-American ace of that unit, Justin Donatella, became UCSD's highest Major League Baseball draft pick in almost three decades, earning selection in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Rob Avila


Associate Head Coach

Rob Avila is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego baseball program in 2016 after being named to the post in September of 2011.

As the staff's top assistant, Avila serves as UCSD's pitching coach while assisting with recruiting and coordinating camps.

In his first year in La Jolla, Avila guided a staff that ranked third in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and 57th nationally in the NCAA Division II with a 3.88 ERA. The Tritons won their fourth successive CCAA regular-season and tournament titles. Junior ace Ryan Goodbrand posted an unblemished 11-0 record to earn All-America honorable mention, while three senior pitchers, Jeff Rauh, Elias Tuma and Tony York, were offered professional contracts at the end of the season.


Jeff Calhoon


Assistant Coach

Jeff Calhoon joined the UC San Diego baseball coaching staff as an assistant in August of 2015. The 2016 season will be his first in the Triton dugout.

Calhoon enters his third year as a collegiate coach. Calhoon spent two season as an assistant coach for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he contributed to the two winningest seasons in program history. Calhoon was heavily involved in recruiting, camps, scouting, and day-to-day operations for the Warriors.

During Calhoon's time at Westmont, he was a part of leading the team to back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances, a Golden State Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship, developed two All-GSAC catchers and one GSAC Gold Glove winner. Calhoon's catchers threw out 30 percent of runners over his two years at Westmont, while working with the two best statistical staffs in program history. Offensively, Calhoon worked with two of the top offenses in the history of the program setting multiple single-season records including, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, and total bases.


J.T. Bloodworth


Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

J.T. Bloodworth was promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator of the UC San Diego baseball program in July of 2014. He is in his fourth season with the Tritons in 2016, having joined the staff as a volunteer in September of 2012.

While taking over the recruiting operation and as the hitting instructor, Bloodworth continues to direct a stellar Triton defense that has ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA Division II in fielding percentage in each of the last two seasons. The 2014 squad that went 38-16 overall and brought home the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament banner, was fifth nationally in fielding (.974) and eighth in double plays turned (54). In 2013, UCSD fielded at a .972 clip.

Leading up to his arrival in La Jolla, Bloodworth was the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, for the 2012 season. In that same year, he also served as an instructor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., developing high school players from around the country.


Tony York


Assistant Coach

Tony York joined the UC San Diego baseball coaching staff as an assistant in late August of 2015. He will be in his first season back in the Triton dugout in 2016.

York was a right-handed pitcher in the UCSD program during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, compiling 10 saves, tied for fifth on the all-time career list. All 10 of those saves came as the Triton closer in 2012, current head coach Eric Newman's first year in charge. That total is tied for second in the school's single-season record book.

York is currently working on finishing his UCSD bachelor's degree in psychology, with an anticipated graduation date of summer of 2016.

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