Wolf Pack post 31-27 record under first-year head coach Jay Johnson
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Nevada vs. San Jose State
After a successful debut season, Jay Johnson enters his second year as the head coach at the University of Nevada with high expectations for the future of the program. Johnson was hired on July 1, 2013, after spending the previous eight seasons as the associate head coach at the University of San Diego.
The Wolf Pack posted a 30-win season under Johnson in 2014, placing third at the Mountain West Tournament after winning consecutive elimination games. Nevada posted a 31-17 record overall, went 17-6 at Peccole Park and placed fourth in the MW in the regular season with a 15-15 mark.
Nevada went on six three-game win streaks in the `14 season, including consecutive wins over San Jose State, Fresno State and New Mexico at the MW Tournament in Las Vegas. The Wolf Pack ranked first in the league in home runs (34), and fourth in team batting average (.283) and team ERA (3.94).
Johnson helped guide five student-athletes to All-Mountain West honors with first team selections Austin Byler and Brad Gerig, and second-team selections Kewby Meyer, Colby Blueberg and Trenton Brooks. Additionally, Brooks was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, and Byler was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings West Region second team.
The future for Nevada baseball looks bright under Johnson as the skipper returns nearly 21 letterwinners for 2015, a prominent starting cast and Byler, who was selected in the ninth round of the MLB draft by the Washington Nationals. Johnson's second signing class - which features 11 freshmen and eight transfers - was also nationally recognized by Collegiate Baseball.
Johnson was announced as the replacement to Wolf Pack legendary coach Gary Powers, who retired in 2013 after 31 years at Nevada and 937 victories. Athletics Director Doug Knuth and members of the search committee were confident Johnson would continue the program's strong legacy, while striving for new heights.
"Through the interview process I was impressed with Jay's commitment to academics and building relationships within the community," Nevada Athletics Director Doug Knuth said. "I felt he is the coach that will have the Wolf Pack competing at the highest level possible."
Johnson is in charge of all aspects of running the Pack baseball program and signed his first recruiting class at Nevada in November of 2013. The class of 16 players includes catcher Michael Blasko and outfielder Cole Krzmarzick who were named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger preseason All-America team.
"I could not be more excited to become the head coach of at Nevada," Johnson said upon his arrival. "My goal is to make the University of Nevada baseball program a place where the top young players on the West Coast can come and work toward their dream of becoming Major League Baseball players and earn a degree from one of the finest Universities on the West Coast."
While at San Diego Johnson helped the Toreros make six trips to NCAA postseason (2006-08, 2010, 2012-13) and capture four West Coast Conference titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013. He coached the 2013 Dick Howser Award winner which honors the college baseball player of the year in third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant, a native of Las Vegas, was the number two selection in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Johnson served as USD's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped recruit USD's 2008 class, which was ranked number one in the nation by Baseball America. The Toreros 2010 recruiting class was ranked second in the nation. In six of eight seasons the Toreros ranked first in the WCC in overall team hitting.
In 2007 and 2008 the Toreros posted back-to-back 40-win seasons including a school record 44 in 2008. The 2012 squad recorded the third 40-win season in school history. The 2008 USD team finished second in the Long Beach, Calif. regional and the 2013 club was send in the 2013 Los Angeles regional. Both times the Toreros finished second in the regional to the eventual College World Series Champions.
Prior to USD he was the head coach at Point Loma Nazarene leading the Sea Lions to a number six NAIA ranking and a 37-16 record in 2005. While an assistant at PLN in 2004, the team won a school record 47 games and finished third at the NAIA World Series.
Johnson earned a degree in physical education at PLNU in 2001 and later acquired a master's degree in physical education at Azusa Pacific University.