Cal Poly hires three new assistant baseball coaches

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — larry lee is entering his 21st season as head baseball coach at Cal Poly with an all-new set of assistant coaches.

Gone are Jake Silverman, who coached pitchers for three seasons, Ben Greenspan, who coached receivers, assisted on the team’s offense and served as the team’s recruiting coordinator for a year, and Justin Bridgman, the Mustangs’ volunteer assistant coach the past two. seasons.

Silverman was hired by former Mustang assistant coach Jason Kelly, who was named Washington head coach in late June, while Greenspan traveled to Michigan in early July to join new Wolverine head coach Tracy. Smith. Greenspan and Smith worked together at Arizona State and Indiana. Bridgman was recently hired to coach at Tulane.

Replacing the trio of coaches at Cal Poly are Seth Moiréassistant coach at San Jose State the past two seasons; Matt Fonteno, who has served as an assistant coach at USC, UC Santa Barbara, Saint Mary’s and Nevada for the past 10 years; and Logan Denholmcatcher at UC Davis and Sacramento State and most recently volunteer assistant coach at San Jose State.

Moir will coach the pitchers while Fonteno will work with the outfielders and also serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator. Denholm is in charge of the catchers and will help with the hitters.

“Overall, this is a strong group of coaches who excel in player development and have recruited well in their previous programs,” Lee said. “They are coming in at once with a lot of new faces on the roster.”

A San Jose State pitching coach, Moir helped the 2022 Spartans claim their first 30-win season and first winning record (30-29) since 2011 and their first-ever appearance in the championship game. Mountain West Conference Tournament. Darren Jansen earned first-team All-MWC honors while Brady Hill made 10 saves en route to a spot in the All-MWC second unit.

Prior to his two-year stint at San Jose State, Moir spent four years in the Minnesota Twins’ scouting department. Moir started with the Twins in 2017, serving as a zone scout in the Carolinas before returning to Southern California to scout in 2018. In his time with the Twins, Moir drafted 13 players and signed 10 .

Outside of his scouting duties with the Twins, Moir used his pitching expertise to join a small team of scouts specializing in arm action and delivery assessments.

In 2017, Moir was asked to become an assistant coach for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team which won playoffs against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. The roster included 26 potential recruits and 14 pitchers, many of whom have already made their MLB debut.

Prior to joining the Twins organization, Moir served as director of baseball operations at UCLA for five seasons under head coach John Savage. While at UCLA, the Bruins made two trips to Omaha, winning the national championship in 2013.

The Bruins have won three Pac-12 titles with Moir on staff while hosting two regionals in their three playoff appearances. A total of 44 Bruins and 23 pitchers would continue to be taken in the MLB draft throughout Moir’s tenure at Westwood.

Prior to UCLA, Moir served as an operational apprentice with the New York Yankees, where he spent time working with player development, scouting, analysis and video. The Yankees then sponsored Moir for the MLB Scouting Bureau Scout School.

Originally from Cody, Wyoming, Moir is married to his wife, Kelly.

Fonteno was an assistant coach at USC for the 2022 season, coaching the Trojans hitters to a .272 batting average and 62 homers. Second baseman Tyresse Turner earned All-Pac-12 honors with a .330 average while outfielder Rhylan Thomas hit .363 in total en route to a spot on the All-Defensive Pac-12 team.

Fonteno revitalized the Gauchos offense over three seasons as an assistant coach (2019-21), the last two as associate head coach, and helped the team qualify for the playoffs each of the last two full seasons. The 2020 campaign has been cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCSB runs per game jumped nearly two full runs after Fonteno arrived in 2019, with the Gauchos posting a 45-11 record and earning a No. 2 seed in the Stanford area this year -the. After posting a 13-2 record in the shortened 2020 season, the UCSB offense scored the 18th-most points in the nation in 2021, propelling the team to a 41-20 record. and the third seed in the Tucson Regional.

Under Fonteno, considered a formidable talent developer by his peers, the Gauchos saw seven position players selected in the MLB Draft, produced three All-American position players (two freshmen) and have won 10 All-Big West position players. Conference Recognition.

Prior to his time in Santa Barbara, Fonteno served as an assistant at Saint Mary’s for five seasons (2014-18). In just two years, he helped make the Gaels perennial contenders on the West Coast. After going 16-39 in 2014, Saint Mary’s improved to 28-27 in 2015, its first winning season in six years. The 2016 season was even better for SMC as the Gaels went 33-25 en route to its first ever West Coast Conference regular season title, its first ever WCC Tournament Championship and its first ever trip to a NCAA region.

Saint Mary’s continued their success with a 37-20 performance in 2017 and their third straight 30-win season (31-23) in 2018.

With Fonteno on staff, the Gaels tied a program record twice, with four players selected in the 2016 and 2018 MLB Drafts. A total of 13 Gaels were drafted during Fonteno’s tenure, including 10 since 2016 , when Fonteno took over as recruiting coordinator.

Prior to St. Mary’s, Fonteno spent one season as an assistant coach at Nevada and four seasons as an assistant at Chico State. While at Chico State, Fonteno was part of the 2012 Wildcats team that won the NCAA Division II West Region and qualified for the World Series. While serving as the recruiting coordinator at Chico State, he made 17 all-conference picks, one Conference freshman of the year, eight All-West region picks, one All-American pick, and two MLB Draft picks.

Before coming to Chico, Fonteno spent three seasons as an assistant at UNLV, where he worked with outfielders, hitters and base runners, and had seven players taken to the MLB draft.

He also served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran, one of the top Division III programs on the West Coast, while coaching summer ball with the Battle Creek Bombers (Mich.), Petersburg Generals (Va.) and the Highland Park Blue Sox. (Texas).

Fonteno is a graduate of York College in Nebraska, where he was an all-conference center and led the Panthers to their first-ever national ranking. He also played collegiately at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California.

Fonteno and his wife Lindsey have four children, Eva, Ty, Mia and Ali.

Denholm played baseball for four seasons (2017-20) at UC Davis and another (2021) at Sacramento State before becoming a Hornets graduate assistant coach for the 2022 season.

Denholm hit .270 with 11 homers and 83 RBIs in 162 games at UC Davis before moving to Sacramento State, where he had five hits in 21 games (nine starts) with a pair of RBIs and five runs scored in 2021. Denholm drove in an RBI single in a 7-6 win over San Francisco and was error-free in 27 chances on the field.

As a junior at UC Davis in 2019, Denholm hit a career-best .295 with 14 doubles, three homers, 25 RBIs and 27 runs scored en route to second-team All-Big West Conference honors. He hit .280 as a freshman in 2018 and .295 as a senior in 2020, winning all 24 sets of a 4-3 win over Loyola Marymount, a game that lasted 6 hours and 30 minutes over two days in late February.

As a graduate assistant, Denholm primarily contributed to data and analytics responsibilities, as well as baseball operations. He also served as an assistant coach for the Walnut Creek Crawdads summer ball team in the California Collegiate League for the 2021 season.

Denholm graduated in 2016 from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif., where he earned three baseball varsity letters and hit .376 as a senior with four home runs and 25 RBIs en route to the first. All-Metro team and All-Sierra Foothill League Honors.

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