Title: Baseball Operations
Experience: Third Season
Alma Mater: Oregon State, 2002
Thad Johnson is in his third season with the Sacramento State baseball program. He will serve as the director of baseball operations for the 2013 campaign.
Johnson came to Sacramento State from Santa Rosa JC, where he served as the team’s pitching coach from 2007-10. In his four seasons with the Bear Cubs, Johnson led his staff to an impressive 3.40 ERA, which included a state-leading 2.73 ERA in 2008. Johnson also spent three years as an associate scout in the Baltimore Orioles organization, helping locate prospects in the Northern California area.
Prior to his stint at Santa Rosa, Johnson served as the head coach of the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League during the 2006 summer season, and earned ABL Coach of the Year honors after leading the Oilers to the league title. He started his coaching career in 2004, spending three seasons as the pitching coach at Riverside CC. In his final two seasons, Riverside’s pitching staff posted an Orange Empire Conference-leading ERA’s of 2.62 and 3.10.
Johnson spent two years in the Oakland A’s organization in 2001-02, posting a 3-1 record as a starter for the AZL Athletics in 2001 and the Vancouver Canadians in 2002.
He played his college baseball at Oregon State, where he was a two-time honorable mention all-Pac 10 selection. During his two-year career with the Beavers, Johnson collected 11 victories in 32 starts, striking out 151 batters in 220 innings of work while recording 11 complete games. A standout in the classroom as well, Johnson was a two-time Pac-10 all-academic selection while earning Academic All-America honors as a senior in 2002. Prior to his stint in Corvalis, Johnson starred for two seasons at Santa Rosa JC
Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2002, and a master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy that he received in 2009.
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