University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth announced today that Jay Johnson has been named the head baseball coach at Nevada. Johnson spent the last eight seasons as associate head coach at the University of San Diego. He will begin his duties at Nevada on July 1.
"Through the interview process I was impressed with Jay's commitment to academics and building relationships within the community," Knuth said. "I felt he is the coach that will have the Wolf Pack competing at the highest level possible."
While at San Diego Johnson helped the Toreros make six trips to NCAA postseason (2006-08, 2010, 2012-13) and capture four West Coast Conference titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013. He coached the 2013 Dick Howser Award winner which honors the college baseball player of the year in third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant, a native of Las Vegas, was the number two selection in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
"I could not be more excited to become the head coach of at Nevada," Johnson said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity that Doug Knuth, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Keith Hackett and all those involved in the search process have given me. My goal is to make the University of Nevada baseball program a place where the top young players on the West Coast can come and work toward their dream of becoming Major League Baseball players and earn a degree from one of the finest Universities on the West Coast."
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