SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Dylan Jones, a former pitcher and first baseman at Oregon State, has been hired as UCSB Baseball's Director of Baseball Operations, it was announced by head coach Andrew Checketts.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to join the Gaucho family," said Jones. "Coach Checketts and his staff are first-class coaches who are dedicated to developing student-athletes on and off the field. I am truly thankful to be a Gaucho and look forward to working alongside such great coaches and student-athletes."
As a student-athlete, Jones turned in two productive seasons for Oregon State. A two-way player, he accrued a 1-0 record, 2.01 ERA, and 1.69 batting average against as a pitcher while as a batter he finished with a .284 career average, including a .329 average as a junior. The Beavers made the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons in Corvallis.
Since his senior season at OSU in 2011, Jones has put together quite a prolific resume as a player and coach. He spent the season after his departure from Oregon State playing professionally in Australia for the Perth Heat. Serving as a reliever out of the bullpen, Jones was able to help Perth to the 2012 Australian Baseball League Championship.
Jones returned to Oregon State for the 2013 season as an undergraduate assistant coach. While finishing his degree, he worked alongside head coach Pat Casey to steer the Beavers to the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Portland, Ore. native went on to make coaching stops with the Kelowna Falcons, Bend Elks (both West Coast League), and Linn-Benton Community College.
In each of those stops, he served as his team's pitching coach, organizing the staff and developing conditioning programs for his players. At Linn-Benton, he assisted in recruiting efforts for prospective student-athletes. Under his tutelage, Kelowna was able to make its first-ever WCL Championship Series in 2015.
His first post-OSU coaching job came with the Medford Rogues of the Great West League, where he served as assistant coach. With Medford, he worked with the team's position players and coached first base.
Jones replaces former DBO Casey Harms, who was promoted to assistant coach earlier this summer.
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