For Immediate Release (September 26, 2013)
Johnson completes baseball staff
RENO, Nev. - First-year University of Nevada head baseball coach Jay Johnson has completed his staff for the 2013-14 school year. Marc Wanaka, Kyle Richardson and Ray McIntire will join the staff this season. Cameron McMullen will continue as the Wolf Pack's Director of Operations, his second year in the program. Pitching coach Dave Lawn and position coach Mark Kertenian were announced after Johnson's hiring in June.
" We are very excited to add these three coaches to our staff," Johnson said. "All three bring unique strengths to the program which will help our players develop at the highest possible level, we are very fortunate to have each of them."
Wanaka will a serve as the Director of Player Development, a new position in the program. Wanaka spent the last four seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. In four seasons the team ERA went from 5.66 to 3.72 under his direction. The 2012 team were co-champions of the Pacific Coast Conference.
"We are very fortunate to have Marc with us," Johnson said. "He brings a ton of successful coaching experience with him here and has worked some outstanding coaches. He will help our program here at Nevada in many ways."
He spent two seasons from 2007-09 at El Paso Community College (Texas) as associate head coach and pitching coach. The 2008 squad advanced to the Region 5 playoffs. From 2003-07 he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Shasta College in Redding, Calif. The 2004 and 2005 teams competed in the Northern California State playoffs. He spent 2002-03 at Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) working with the pitchers and catchers. The Sea Lions finished second in the Golden State Athletic Conference. In two years at New Mexico Highlands (2000-02) he was the assistant pitching coach and also worked with the catchers.
Richardson will serve as the volunteer assistant for the Wolf Pack. He joins the staff after three seasons as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Yuba College (Calif.). He also spent one season as the infield coach at Sierra College (Calif.) where the team led the Big 8 Conference in fielding percentage. A veteran of the Alaska Baseball League he coached the Kenai Peninsula Oilers the last three seasons. The 2011 team won the ABL title and finished second at the National Baseball Congress World Series.
I am very excited to have Kyle with us," Johnson said. "He had a very good playing career, playing for two of the best coaches in college baseball in Rob Wilson at Sierra College, and Bill Kernen at Cal State Bakersfield. I am very confident that he will do a great job with the infielders and be a tremendous resource for all of our position players."
He earned an associate of arts degree in liberal studies while playing at Sierra College and played his final two seasons at CSU Bakersfield. He continues to work on completion of his bachelor's degree in general studies from National University.
McIntire played his senior season for the Pack in 2013 and will work as student assistant while completing his degree in human development and family studies at Nevada. An infielder he earned three letters playing for the Wolf Pack.
"I am pleased to have Ray stay with the program as he finishes his degree here at Nevada," Johnson said. "He will be a great asset for us in practice and player development, Ray has a very bright future in coaching."
McMullen is in his second year as the Pack's Director of Operations. He is working on a doctorial degree at Nevada in educational leadership.
"Cameron continues to be an asset for the program after filling the same position last season," said Johnson. "He has been very helpful in assisting in the transition with the new members of the staff."
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