Jake McKinley was named the baseball coach at Menlo College, Oaks athletic director Keith Spataro announced Wednesday.
McKinley, who becomes the seventh coach at Menlo since 1986, spent the previous four years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, where he helped the Hornets to a 67-55 record over the last two seasons.
"Jake brings a number of intangibles to our baseball program that I expect to aide in his success as an Oak," Spataro said. "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."
McKinley assumes his first head coaching position after stints with Bethany University, Campbellsville University, where he helped guide the team to the 2009 NAIA World Series, West Valley College, and, in 2009, spent the summer abroad, working as a scout, coach and development officer for Major League Baseball in Perth, Australia.
McKinley, who has experience coaching several positions, including pitching, has coached three NAIA All-Americans and has seen seven players sign professional contracts, five who 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 with the Bruins, he broke multiple team records, 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. McKinley is also currently third on Bethany's all-time home run list.
"I was very lucky to not only play NAIA baseball, but also spend a lot of my coaching career at that level," McKinley said. "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."
McKinley 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 following the Oaks' most successful season (34-18) in school history. Menlo is 97-61 (.614), including a 41-24 (.630) mark in conference play, since 2010.