Atherton, Calif. – Menlo College Director of Athletics Keith Spataro has announced Jake McKinley as the newest Menlo College Head Baseball Coach. A native of Placerville, Calif., McKinley comes to Menlo following a four-year stint as assistant coach at NCAA DI Sacramento State where he helped the Hornets to a 67-55 record over the last two seasons. McKinley is the seventh head baseball coach at Menlo College since 1986.
"Jake brings a number of intangibles to our baseball program that I expect to aide in his success as an Oak. His experience as a coach at both the NAIA and NCAA Division I levels will help him to continue the growth and success the baseball team has seen over the past three seasons. We're excited to have him as the newest member of the Menlo family," noted Spataro.
Menlo College marks the fifth stop and first collegiate head coaching position for McKinely who has been a member of the coaching ranks since 2006 when he was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for Bethany University (Santa Cruz.) He has also spent time as an assistant at Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, Ky.) where he worked with pitchers, hitters and outfielders and helped lead the team to the 2009 NAIA World Series. McKinley served as pitching coach for West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif.) in 2009 then spent the summer abroad, working as a scout, coach and development officer for Major League Baseball in Perth, Australia.
McKinley has already coached three NAIA All-Americans and has seen seven players sign professional contracts, five of which were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. With a wealth of knowledge and experience under his belt, McKinley is excited to assume the head coaching position at Menlo College for a multitude of reasons.
"After thinking about the situation in its entirety, taking on this challenge at Menlo became a no-brainer," said McKinley. "I was so impressed with the leadership in the athletic department and it became inevitable that Menlo was a place I could see myself every day."
McKinley enjoyed a standout career at Bethany University of the NAIA. During his three-year stint as a pitcher and first baseman for Bethany University he broke multiple records for the team including: most strikeouts in a career, most strikeouts in a single season, lowest single season ERA and most innings pitched in both a season and career. He was twice named pitcher of the year and once named most valuable player. Proving his versatility, McKinley is currently third Bethany's all-time home runs list.
"I was very lucky to not only play NAIA baseball, but also spend a lot of my coaching career at that level. In doing both, I gained and have retained a clear understanding of what it takes for student-athletes to excel both on and off the baseball field," said McKinley.
After his remarkable collegiate career came to a close, McKinley signed a contract and pitched professionally for two seasons with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. He currently holds the team's record for fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.4).
McKinley takes over in 2014 following the Oaks' most successful season in school history a year ago (34-18.) Since 2010 the Oaks are 97-61-1 (.614) including a 41-24 (.630) mark in conference play, netting the team a Cascade Collegiate Conference championship in 2012. The Oaks have had three players selected in MLB's First-Year Player Draft since 2011.