Ray Birmingham is set to begin his ninth year as head coach of the UNM baseball team.
The 2015 season had its share of ups and downs for UNM, but the Lobos were still just three runs away from returning to the NCAA Tournament. Despite numerous injuries, a brutal schedule (that during midseason ranked in the top 15 most difficult in the country) and fielding one of the youngest teams in the nation, the Lobos reached the championship game of the Mountain West Tournament before ultimately coming up just short.
The young Lobos had arguably the best freshman class in as they had a school-record three Freshmen All-American: Carl Stajduhar, Cory Voss and Tyler Stevens, who was the first UNM pitcher to ever earn the honor.
New Mexico finished in the top 10 in hitting again in 2015, the sixth time in seven years it ranked at the top of that NCAA category. It is the only program that can claim that feat since 1998. It was the fourth straight season the Lobos were in the top 10, becoming just the second program (Southern, 2001-04) since 1988 to accomplish that.
Ken Jacome is in his 11th year at New Mexico, joining the staff in the summer of 2004. Prior to joining the Lobos, Jacome was the head coach at El Paso Community College for six seasons and then handled the Lobo pitching staff before shifting to infield coach/recruiting coordinator following the 2008 season.
Under his watch, recruiting efforts have brought numerous MLB draft picks and All-Americans to UNM in recent years, including DJ Peterson (three-time All-American, first-round draft pick), Mitch Garver (two-time All-American, ninth-round draft pick), Austin House (11th-round draft pick), Sam Wolff (sixth-round draft pick), Alex Real (24th-round draft pick), Chase Harris (14th-round draft pick) and Josh Walker (22nd-round draft pick and second winningest Lobo of all-time) among others.
Under Jacome, the Lobos' defense has recorded five of the top nine fielding percentage in school history, including a record .976 mark in 2009, which was also the first time the Lobos led the conference in fielding since the 2005 season. Outfielders Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Max Willett posted perfect fielding percentages and were the Lobos' top two fielders. In 2013, Chase Harris was perfect in the outfield in 138 chances, setting a new school record for most chances without an error -- breaking the record of 123 set by Willett in 2009.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Buddy Gouldsmith is entering his first season at the University of New Mexico. He will be the third base coach and infield coach for the 2016 season.
Gouldsmith, 47, spent the previous two years as an area supervisor in the Kansas City Royals organization. As a scout he was responsible for northern California and most of northern Nevada. Prior to that he spent three years as an assistant at the University of Nevada and nine years at UNLV, the last seven of which were as head coach.
While with the Wolf Pack he helped guide them to an 81-88 record and the 2012 WAC Championship. He spent one season working with the infield, one season working with the outfield, and one season working with the catchers.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tony Cappuccilli enters his second year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lobos. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Cappuccilli was an All-American in 1999 at Edison High School where he broke the Orange County career home run record. He attended Nevada and played for the Wolf Pack from 2000-03 and helped lead them to a Big West title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2000. As a junior in 2002 he hit a team-high .357 and slugged 10 home runs to also lead the squad. During his four years the Wolf Pack played .553 ball (125-101) as he hit .288 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI in 168 games.
Following graduation, he played one year in the Frontier League for the Florence Freedom before turning to coaching. He began his career back at Edison HS, where he was an assistant during the 2004 season. Following one year at Trout Lake High School in Trout Lake, Wash., he returned to Edison and spent the following four years helping coach the Chargers.
Cappuccilli earned his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in 2009. He spent three months that year in Germany as part of the MLB Envoy program.
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Robert Rimorin enters his fifth year working for the University of New Mexico's Sports Medicine staff. His primary job responsibilities are caring for the university's varsity baseball team. Rimorin is also responsible for managing the complex's athletic training room, and overseeing the graduate assistant athletic trainers for men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, and men's and women's tennis.
A 2006 graduate of UNM, Rimorin also worked with the baseball team as a graduate assistant at UNM while attaining his master's degree in Sports Administration, which he received in December 2008.
Prior to his return to the University of New Mexico, Rimorin spent a year and a half at Colorado Mesa University covering men's soccer, wrestling and the men's and women's swimming and diving teams.