Matt Fonteno returns to the Nevada baseball staff under first year head coach Jay Johnson as the volunteer assistant coach. Fonteno was an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack last year and coached first base.
Fonteno spent the four seasons as an assistant coach at Chico State University in Chico, Calif. where he was an assistant coach and the Wildcats recruiting coordinator. The 2012 squad won the NCAA II West Region and advanced to the NCAA II World Series. The Wildcats also captured the 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association title with a 26-14 mark and went 40-19 overall.
Three members of the 2012 Chico State squad earned All-West Region honors. The Wildcats led the nation in hit by pitch and the defense ranked 12th nationally.
The 2011 CSU squad spent eight weeks ranked in the top 10. Two members of the squad were drafted and two earned All-West Region honors.
The last three CSU recruiting classes that he helped recruit produced 17 all-conference selections, one conference Freshman of the Year, eight All-West region honorees, one All-American and two were drafted by Major League Baseball.
Prior to his time at Chico State, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at UNLV under current Wolf Pack associate head coach Buddy Gouldsmith. He coached first base for the Rebels and with the outfielders, hitters and base runners. The 2006 UNLV squad led the Mountain West in home runs and stolen bases. The team also ranked 12 nationally in home runs and 13th in scoring. The 2007 squad ranked second in home runs, stolen bases and runs scored in the MW. In three years seven Rebels were drafted by MLB clubs.
He also spent three years as an assistant coach at California Lutheran University. A veteran summer coach he worked for the Battle Creek Bombers (Mich.), Petersburg Generals (Va.) and Highland Park Blue Sox (Texas).
Fonteno began his playing career at College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif. where he was a two-year starter playing first base and center field. He played his final two years at York College (Neb.) where he started both seasons in center field. As a senior he earned all-conference honors and helped the Panthers to the school's first national ranking.
Matt and wife Lindsey welcomed daughter Eva on August 13, 2012.