Lawn and Kertenian Join Wolf Pack
Mark Kertenian enters his second season on the University of Nevada baseball staff, serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. Kertenian was hired by head coach Jay Johnson on July 11, 2013.
With a coaching background in collegiate baseball, summer league baseball and private instructing, Kertenianhas coached five Major League players, 60 drafted players and 15 players signed to independent or overseas leagues.
Kertenianand the Wolf Pack hit the ground running for the 2014 season. Kertenian helped Nevada to a 31-win season, a 17-6 record at Peccole Park and a third-place finish at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.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).
Kertenian coached six student-athletes that batted over .295 on the season and five All-Mountain West selections in first team picks 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.
With a reputation for player development and recruiting, Johnson hired Kertenian to be a part of his debut staff in 2014.
"Mark has a great knack for recruiting and developing a great rapport with players," said Johnson. "I have no doubt that they will gravitate towards his great personality and teaching style and make huge strides in their development because of him."
Upon arrival at Nevada, Kertenian added, "I am very proud to be a new part of the Wolf Pack family. The University of Nevada is a first class destination for all types of students and a perfect destination for an aspiring winning baseball player."
Prior to joining Nevada, Kertenian spent nine years on the Cal State Northridge staff from 2001-10. Kertenian worked his way up the hierarchy with the Matadors, spending his final three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
A pair of Kertenian's Cal State Northridge signing classes ranked in the top 40 nationally. In Kertenian's first season in 2002, the Matadors won the Big West title with a 41-17 overall record.
Most recently, Kertenian coached the East Texas Pump Jacks of the Texas Collegiate League in Kilgore, Texas, in 2013. He also was the head coach of the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League from 2005-06, leading the team to the `05 championship.
As a utility player and pitcher, Kertenian played three years of college baseball, beginning with two years at Los Angeles City College under head coach Steve Rousey, who would later hire Kertenian to be a part of his Cal State Northridge coaching staff. Kertenian finished his collegiate career at Point Loma Nazarene.
Kertenian received a bachelor's degree from Cal State Northridge and a Master's of Science degree from Azusa Pacific, where Nevada coach Jay Johnson also received a degree from.