Lobo Baseball Releases 2016 Schedule
"Nowhere to breathe." Head Coach Ray Birmingham and the University of New Mexico baseball team are pleased to announce the program's schedule for the 2016 season. Continued
Ray Birmingham just completed his 10th year as head coach of the UNM baseball team, leading the Lobos to the 2017 Mountain West regular season championship – his seventh overall Mountain West championship (regular season or tournament). He’s also the winningest coach in the state’s history as all 1,159 of his victories have come coaching for teams in his home state of New Mexico (College of the Southwest, New Mexico Junior College and UNM).
The Lobos played the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation in 2017 (according to warrennolan.com) and it helped UNM win the MW regular-season title – including starting conference play a Mountain West record 10-0.
UNM had a pair of All-Americans named in outfielder Luis Gonzalez (.361 AVG, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 62 runs, 14 SB) and Carl Stajduhar (.350 AVG, 17 HR, 69 RBI, 65 runs). The Lobos now have 38 All-Americans in their program’s history dating back to Sam Suplizio in 1953. Sixteen of those All-Americans have come during Birmingham’s 10 seasons at the helm.
Ken Jacome is in his 13th year at New Mexico, joining the staff in the summer of 2004. Prior to joining the Lobos, Jacome was the head coach at El Paso Community College for six seasons and then handled the Lobo pitching staff before shifting to infield coach/recruiting coordinator following the 2008 season.
Under his watch, recruiting efforts have brought numerous MLB draft picks and All-Americans to UNM in recent years, including DJ Peterson (three-time All-American, first-round draft pick), Mitch Garver (two-time All-American, ninth-round draft pick), Austin House (11th-round draft pick), Sam Wolff (sixth-round draft pick), Alex Real (24th-round draft pick), Chase Harris (14th-round draft pick) and Josh Walker (22nd-round draft pick and second winningest Lobo of all-time) among others.
Under Jacome, the Lobos’ defense has recorded five of the top nine fielding percentage in school history, including a record .976 mark in 2009, which was also the first time the Lobos led the conference in fielding since the 2005 season. Outfielders Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Max Willett posted perfect fielding percentages and were the Lobos’ top two fielders. In 2013, Chase Harris was perfect in the outfield in 138 chances, setting a new school record for most chances without an error — breaking the record of 123 set by Willett in 2009.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Buddy Gouldsmith is entering his second season at the University of New Mexico. He will be the third base coach and infield coach for the 2016 season.
Gouldsmith spent the previous two years as an area supervisor in the Kansas City Royals organization. As a scout he was responsible for northern California and most of northern Nevada. Prior to that he spent three years as an assistant at the University of Nevada and nine years at UNLV, the last seven of which were as head coach.
While with the Wolf Pack he helped guide them to an 81-88 record and the 2012 WAC Championship. He spent one season working with the infield, one season working with the outfield, and one season working with the catchers.
Trey Porras enters his first year as a coach at the University of New Mexico. Porras returns to UNM after playing for the Lobos in 2011 and 2012. During his senior season Porras hit .324 with, 35 RBI and 35 runs in 50 games played as he helped the Lobos win a Mountain West regular-season and tournament championship as the team’s first baseman. He also helped lead the Lobos to a MW title during his junior season.
Porras – a Needville, Texas, native – was previously an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since 2014. He’s also been the head coach of summer collegiate teams the Hoptown Hoppers (2015-16 – won the Ohio Valley League title in 2016) and the Brazos Valley Bombers this past summer, leading them to the Texas Collegiate League title.
Prior to his playing days at UNM, Porras played at Wharton County Junior College and was a first-team all-conference player his sophomore season. Porras was also named WCJC’s most outstanding student-athlete (Johnnie Frankie Award).
Porras graduated from Needville High School in Needville, Texas, in 2008 where he lettered in four sports (football, basketball, baseball and track). He was also named team captain in football, basketball and baseball, earned all-state honors as a tight end in football and received all-area honors for baseball.
Robert Rimorin enters his fifth year working for the University of New Mexico’s Sports Medicine staff. His primary job responsibilities are caring for the university’s varsity baseball team. Rimorin is also responsible for managing the complex’s athletic training room, and overseeing the graduate assistant athletic trainers for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis.
A 2006 graduate of UNM, Rimorin also worked with the baseball team as a graduate assistant at UNM while attaining his master’s degree in Sports Administration, which he received in December 2008.
Prior to his return to the University of New Mexico, Rimorin spent a year and a half at Colorado Mesa University covering men’s soccer, wrestling and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.