“Jay brings a wealth of information, knowledge, and experience from a very impressive background,” Horton said. “Jay has always played and coached with the type of passion and competitiveness that we are looking for in our coaching staff and from our players. We think Coach Uhlman will bring an improved level of quality and energy to our program, and we are very lucky to have him on board.”
Uhlman spent the last eight years as an assistant coach with the Nevada Wolf Pack. During his time at Nevada, Uhlman worked with the hitters, infield defense and served as a recruiter for the program. In eight seasons at his alma mater, Uhlman coached three All-Americans, two Western Athletic Conference Players of the Year, two WAC Freshman of the Year and 41 all-conference performers.
Serving as Nevada’s third base coach, Uhlman helped the Wolf Pack increase its run production for three consecutive seasons, culminating in 2008 as Nevada averaged 7.0 runs per game. That same season, the Wolf Pack broke the program doubles mark for the second straight year, totaling 143 in 2008 – a mark that led the WAC and ranked 17th in the nation.
Uhlman also coached back-to-back WAC batting champions in 2007 (Shaun Kort, .390) and 2008 (Jason Rodriguez, .392), while Nevada hit .309 as a team in 2008, ranking second in the conference.
A two-year starting shortstop for Nevada (1995 & ‘97), Uhlman returned to his alma mater in 2002 after spending two years as the head coach at Los Angeles Harbor College (2000-01). He compiled a record of 61-22-2 (.729) while at LA Harbor, and in 2001 won the Southern California Regional Title and the South Coast Conference Championship. After the 2001 club posted a 36-8-1 record – the second best winning percentage (.818) in the school’s 50-year history – Uhlman also took home South Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors. In his first season (2000) at LA Harbor, the team produced a 25-14-1 overall record and finished third in the conference with a 15-9 mark.
During his tenure at LA Harbor, Uhlman coached two All-Americans, six all-state players, 24 all-conference performers, a conference pitcher of the year and sent 10 players to professional baseball. Uhlman spent the 1999 season at LA Harbor as an assistant.
In his 12 years of coaching experience, 28 of his student-athletes have signed MLB contracts.
A graduate of Redondo High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., Uhlman played shortstop for two seasons at LA Harbor College earning all-league honors both seasons. The Seahawks captured two league titles and made two regional appearances during his two seasons.
He finished his collegiate career playing shortstop for the Wolf Pack in 1995 and 1997. Starting 54 games his senior season, he batted .358 and helped guide Nevada to the Big West Conference North Division Title and an NCAA Regional berth as the team posted a 39-21 record overall and a 20-10 mark in conference play.
Uhlman earned Big West Conference honorable mention honors his senior year and was a member of the Wolf Pack double play combination that led the nation and set a school mark turning 88 double plays in 1997.
In 1998, he received his bachelor of science degree in human ecology from Nevada.