ATHERTON, Calif. – Sacramento State baseball assistant coach Jake McKinley has been hired as the head coach at Menlo College, the school announced. McKinley leaves the Hornets after three years with the program.
"I'm excited that Jake got his opportunity to be a head coach, which was always his goal," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "My alma mater is Menlo College so I'm excited for Jake to lead them and he feels very optimistic about it. It's going to be very difficult to replace him both on and off the field but I'm excited that he has this opportunity."
A Placerville native, McKinley came to Sacramento State in 2011 as the director of baseball operations before becoming an assistant coach in 2012. He assisted with the Hornet pitchers and last season helped the Hornet the pitching staff record single-season school records for opponent batting average (.255) and shutouts (9). He also served many administrative responsibilities and was instrumental in the program's recruiting efforts for the 2014 incoming class.
"Jake did a great job in identifying student-athletes that fit our program," said Christiansen, who earned his first head coaching position at Menlo in 2002. "I believe the class that we brought to campus this year will help us make the next step as a program and Jake is largely responsible for that."
McKinley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Bethany College (Santa Cruz, Calif.), before moving to Campbellsville (Ky.) University and West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif.) prior to joining the Hornets.