Jay Uhlman enters his 5th season as a member of the Oregon coaching staff. His primary responsibilities include recruiting, coaching infielders and assisting with the offense. In addition, Uhlman also assists with the hitters, coaches third base and develops scouting reports. He has also been effective in developing players who have moved on to professional baseball. Uhlman has had 71 of his players drafted with 12 playing Major League Baseball. In his 16 years of coaching, 83 of his student-athletes have signed MLB contracts.
During Uhlman’s four seasons on the Oregon staff, the Ducks have compiled a 178-79 record (.693), while advancing to the NCAA Tournament during all four seasons. In three of his four seasons at Oregon, the program has set school records in wins with 40 in 2010, 46 in 2012 and 48 in 2013. With a 44-win season in 2014, Oregon became one of just eight teams with three consecutive 40-win seasons.
Uhlman was instrumental in helping lead the Ducks to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014, as well as a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12. Oregon finished ranked in the top 30 of two major polls, ranking 27th by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Two Duck hitters claimed first-team All-Pac-12 recognition with one more claiming honorable mention honors. Catcher Shaun Chase was named to the All-Pac-12 team after leading the conference in home runs (14) and finishing second in the country in home runs per at-bat. Infielder Mitchell Tolman earned first-team recognition after leading the team with a .315 batting average while also finishing in the top five in the Pac-12 in doubles (1st; 18), RBI (3rd;48) and runs scored (5th; 45). Senior second baseman Aaron Payne earned honorable mention honors after batting .255 with eight doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases. A.J. Balta claimed freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball after hitting .242 with three home runs and 29 RBI.
As a team, the Ducks had one of the most productive seasons at the plate in team history. The team hit a combined .260, the third-best mark in the program’s modern day era. Oregon’s 368 runs scored in 2014 were second only to the 2010 team (376), while their 76 stolen bases were second to the 2013 team (81).
In 2013, two Duck infielders earned first-team All-Pac-12 recognition with one earning All-America honors, while a third of his infielders claimed freshman All-America accolades. First baseman Ryon Healy was named Rawlings third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA) and first-team all-league before being picked in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli earned first-team All-Pac-12 recognition before he was drafted in the 18th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Mitchell Tolman, who spent time at third base, first base and designated hitter for the Ducks, claimed third-team freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger.
In Uhlman’s first season back in Eugene after a season at Kansas, he helped lead the Ducks to within one game of the College World Series in 2012. Oregon finished ranked in the top 25 in all five major college baseball polls, including a No. 10 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Perfect Game poll. UO ended the season 11th in the Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA polls.
During the same year, Oregon improved offensively from the previous season in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits and walks per game. UO batted .265 on the season, while finishing with a .370 slugging percentage and a .359 on-base percentage. Two Duck infielders, first baseman Ryon Healy and second baseman Aaron Payne, earned spots on the honorable mention all-conference team in 2012.
The native of Redondo Beach, Calif., is a proven run producer at the collegiate level. In 2010, Uhlman worked with the Ducks’ offense, instructing hitters and coaching base runners as UO saw major improvements from 2009 to 2010.
In 2010, the Ducks advanced to the elimination game of the Norwich Regional as UO’s offense began to catch up with an impressive pitching staff. With Uhlman’s help, UO improved its batting average from .227 to .292, doubled its run total from 158 to 376, nearly doubled extra-base hits from 84 to 164 and recorded a then school-record 73 stolen bases.
Oregon improved its record from 14-42 in 2009, to 40-24 in 2010. The 22-game improvement was the second-best recorded in the country since the NCAA began keeping the stat in 1998.
Infielders KC Serna, Danny Pulfer and Altobelli each earned Pac-10 honorable mention accolades under Uhlman’s watch.
In his only season at Kansas in 2011, Uhlman helped second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge earn Big 12 all-conference freshman team honors, batting .268 overall with 26 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Uhlman spent eight years (2002-09) 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, and a conference pitcher of the year while sending 10 players to professional baseball. Uhlman spent the 1999 season at LA Harbor as an assistant.
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 where he batted .358 as a senior 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.
Uhlman is married to the former Emily Graff, a graduate of South Eugene High School. The couple has a daughter Zoey (9), and two sons Kai (6) and Sawyer (2), and resides in Eugene.