Tim Montez completed his second season as Head Coach of the Jacksonville University baseball program. A decorated 2015 season, Montez coached the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and Freshman All-American nod Michael Baumann, had another named to All-Conference Freshman Team in Spencer Stockton, a First-Team All-Conference Angelo Amendolare, Second Team All-Conference Connor Marabell while posting the most wins since 2011 with 26. Amendolare and Marabell were drafted in the 50th Anniversary year of the MLB Draft to the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. The Dolphins entered the A-Sun Championship as the No. 4 seed with a resume that included wins against No. 12 Florida State, No. 6 UCF and a 12-9 record against conference opponents. As head coach, he has defeated five top-20 teams, including a 3-1 win at No. 6 Florida on Apr. 22, 2014. His first collegiate head coaching win was one to remember as the Dolphins posted a 2-0 shutout at No. 19 TCU, which would go on to finish the season in the College World Series.
A 28-year coaching veteran, Montez took over the JU program at the conclusion of the 2013 season. An Associate Head Coach since 2007, he has spent the past 10 years on the JU staff and is widely regarded as one of the top pitching coaches and recruiters in the nation.
Montez has coached, recruited or worked with 17 Major League Players during the course of his career. Four of his former players have been first round draft picks, including former Dolphin ace Chris Anderson who was selected 18th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
Assistant Head Coach
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