Former player and assistant coach Chris Hayes has been named the Assistant Head Coach for the Jacksonville University baseball program. A 1995 graduate of Jacksonville, Hayes, was previously on staff from 2003-08 before taking over the Seminole State College of Florida program where he has served for the past five seasons. He brings to the program 12 years of coaching and nine years of playing experience at the collegiate and professional levels.
"Chris and I have had a great relationship since we began working together my first three years here at Jacksonville. I am very excited about welcoming him back," said Head Coach Tim Montez. "He knows this university inside out and knows what it is going to take to get this storied program back in the national spotlight where it has been in the past. Coach Alexander spent most of his life building the foundation of this program and now we are truly humbled to take over the reins, and relentlessly pursue our goal of competing for a national championship. The valuable experience Chris' has gained running his own program, will no doubt benefit our student athletes both on and off the field."
Hayes makes his return to the River City after leading Seminole State to a 125-113-1 overall record the past five seasons and represented the Mid-Florida Conference in the FCSAA state tournament this spring. During his tenure 51 student-athletes have moved on to play at four-year universities and 11 have been selected in MLB draft. Among the 32 were named all-conference selections Hayes has mentored, eight earned all-state recognition including the 2013 conference Pitcher of the Year, 2011 Player of the Year, 2010 Fireman of the Year and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chuck Jeroloman joined Coach Montez's staff as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator July of 2013 after two years on Jim Schlossnagle's staff at TCU.
"I am very happy to welcome Chuck, his lovely wife Tara and their two children into our Dolphin family," said Montez. "He comes very highly recommended from out in the baseball community. He is very versatile, and very well connected down in the South Florida region which will help us as he leads our recruiting efforts."
"It's an honor to join the staff at JU and work with Coach Montez and Coach Hayes," said Jeroloman. "My family and I are truly excited to become part of the Jacksonville community and JU family. The opportunity to work for a great university, with an extremely respected staff, in my home state is something I couldn't pass up."
Edge joins the program from his alma mater, Jacksonville State University, where he coached for two seasons following five seasons in the Dodgers' organization.
"I am ecstatic to be able to bring in a quality coach, but most importantly, a quality young man in Andrew Edge to be our new volunteer coach. He is very similar to Alex Swenson who just left to Georgetown, and will have the same duties as Alex had not only working with the catchers, but also assisting me with our pitching staff," said Montez. "Andrew will be heavily involved with our camps and with on-campus recruiting. He comes highly recommended from Jacksonville State Head Coach Jim Case where he played for him for four years before signing a professional contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jim and I go way back and have known each other for years, so his recommendation means the world to me."
Edge was a four-year letterman for the Gamecocks from 2007 to 2010. The Gadsden, Ala., native played in 180 games in his career. He made 148 starts and posted a career batting average of .275 with 152 hits, 36 doubles, two triples, 26 home runs and 127 RBI. His 64 RBI as a senior was 11th-best in program history.
Dr. Todd Hall
Director of Baseball Operations