July 1, 2016
Eugene, Ore. – Oregon head coach George Horton announced today the addition of pitching coach Jason Dietrich to the Ducks’ coaching staff, as well as the promotion of Jay Uhlman to associate head coach.
“I am excited to welcome Jason to the Oregon baseball family and thrilled to reward Jay for his exceptional work in a Ducks’ uniform,” Horton said. “The addition of Jason gives us one of the premier pitching coaches in college baseball who will only improve Oregon’s recent tradition of top-notch pitching.
“Jay is a rising star in the coaching industry who has earned the title of associate head coach,” Horton added of Uhlman, who also will assume the duties of hitting coach.
During Uhlman’s six seasons (2010, 2012-16) at Oregon, the Ducks have compiled a 245-130 record (.653) and qualified for the postseason five times. In addition to the five NCAA Regionals and a Super Regional, the Ducks have been a national seed twice.
Dietrich, who will also serve as the Ducks’ recruiting coordinator, comes to Oregon after spending the last four years (2013-16) at Cal State Fullerton where he led one of the premier pitching staffs in the country. The CSF pitching staff ranked among the nation’s best each of Dietrich’s four seasons with the Titans.
Cal State Fullerton led the nation in one of four major pitching categories nine times over the last four seasons. The Titans had the country’s best ERA (2.22) in 2016, while leading the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio three times (2013, 2014 and 2015), WHIP twice (2013 and 2016) and fewest base on balls per nine innings three times (2013, 2014 and 2015).
In his four seasons at CSF, Dietrich’s pitching staff never finished with a team ERA higher than 2.89 or ranked lower the 11th in the country. In addition to the Titan’s Division I leading 2.22 ERA in 2016, Dietrich’s teams posted ERAs that ranked fourth in the country in 2013 (2.47), third in 2014 (2.24) and 11th in 2015 (2.89).
Dietrich’s pitching staffs at Cal State Fullerton also ranked no lower than third in strikeouts-to-walk ratio during his four seasons, while also ranking no worse than sixth in WHIP and seventh in base on balls per nine innings.
Before coaching at Fullerton, Dietrich spent five seasons (2008-12) at UC Irvine where he was the pitching coach during the final two. The Anteaters ranked 17th in both ERA and base on balls per nine innings in 2011, and were 36th in ERA and 11th in WHIP in 2012.
Dietrich began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Arcadia High School (1999-2001). He became a college pitching coach at Los Angeles City College in 2002 before moving to Irvine Valley College (2003-06) and Cal State Los Angeles (2007).