Head Coach: University of Arizona
Jay Johnson was hired as the University of Arizona's 16th head baseball coach in program history on June 8, 2015.
"We were absolutely blown away by the interest and number of qualified candidates that inquired about our head baseball coaching position," said UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "As we narrowed our search and looked at who would be the best fit for the University of Arizona baseball program, Jay Johnson's name kept rising to the top of the list. With Jay's combination of coaching acumen, attention to academics and ability to recruit and relate to today's college baseball player, we felt like he was the right person to lead our program. Arizona baseball is one of the nation's most accomplished programs and we believe Jay has all the tools to continue that lineage. We're excited to welcome Jay to the Wildcat Family and we look forward to watching him build on the storied past of Arizona baseball."
In two seasons at Nevada, Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 72-42 record. In 2015, Nevada posted a 41-15 record and captured the school's first-ever Mountain West title with a 22-6 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13-1 record in series of at least three games. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history.
Assistant Coach: University of Arizona
Sergio Brown joined the Arizona baseball program as an assistant coach on July 9, 2015. Brown serves as the recruiting coordinator and first base coach.
Brown, who won a national championship as a player at Cal State Fullerton in 1995, brings with him a wealth of experience at top west coast programs, including two stints at his alma mater (2001-03 and 2007-10) as well as time with UC Irvine (2004-07), UC San Diego (2012) and Cal State Northridge (2013). A highly regarded recruiter at each of his stops, Brown has twice been to the College World Series, including trips with Cal State Fullerton (2009) and UC Irvine (2007).
"Getting Sergio to come to Arizona is a huge lift for our program," head coach Jay Johnson said. "He is an outstanding recruiter who will help us in our effort to put Arizona baseball back at the forefront of the minds of the top players across the country. He is a tremendous coach as well and had a large hand in both UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton reaching the College World Series during his time at each school. I look forward to the impact Sergio has on Arizona baseball."
Assistant Coach: University of Arizona
Dave Lawn joined the Arizona baseball program as an assistant coach on July 9, 2015. He serves as the team's pitching coach.
Lawn comes to Arizona after two seasons on Jay Johnson's staff at Nevada, but is no stranger to the Pac-12 Conference. After beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nevada in 1988, Lawn went on to spend 10 seasons at California (1991-2000) and seven at USC (2001-07). He brings with him a total of 26 years of collegiate coaching experience.
"Dave is one of the elite pitching coaches in the country," Johnson said. "There are very few pitching coaches across the United States who have the winning experience he has and have developed as many pitchers who have ascended to Major League Baseball. I look forward to the development of our current and future pitching staff at Arizona under his direction."
Volunteer Assistant Coach: University of Arizona
Marc Wanaka was brought on as a volunteer assistant coach for the Arizona baseball program on July 28, 2015. He comes to Tucson after spending two seasons at Nevada with current UA head coach Jay Johnson.
Wanaka served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2014 campaign, while he was then promoted to assistant coach and helped lead Nevada to one of the best seasons in school history. In 2015, Nevada posted a 41-15 record and captured the school's first-ever Mountain West title with a 22-6 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13-1 record in series of at least three games. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history.
Prior to his arrival at Nevada, Wanaka served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at San Diego Mesa College for four seasons. In his four years there, the team's ERA dropped from 5.66 to 3.72 under Wanaka's direction. SDMS was the 2012 co-champions of the Pacific Coast Conference.
Director of Baseball Operations
Raymond McIntire was brought in as the program's director of baseball operations on July 28, 2015. He is in charge of coordinating all team travel, meals, and other administrative duties.
McIntire comes to Arizona from the University of Nevada, where he spent two years on Jay Johnson's staff, one as a volunteer assistant coach (2014-15) and the other as the assistant director of baseball operations (2013-14). In 2015, Nevada posted a 41-15 record and captured the school's first-ever Mountain West title with a 22-6 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13-1 record in series of at least three games. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history.
While at Nevada, McIntire helped with player development, team travel, and other administrative duties. He also served as an assistant coach for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaskan Baseball League during the summer of 2014.