|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
|Previous College:||South Dakota State, '07|
Jake Angier was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2019 season of Hornet baseball. He retains his role as pitching coach while assuming additional duties with the staff and recruiting. Prior, Angier had been the pitching coach for two season - 2017 and 2018 - after three seasons serving as the Hornets recruiting coordinator and assisting in several areas on the field as an assistant coach. Angier played for head coach Reggie Christiansen for two years at South Dakota State and served as an assistant coach with the Jackrabbits for three seasons before serving as the pitching coach at North Dakota State for three years. He has 10 years of Div. I coaching experience.
In his first year as Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach, Angier helped guide the Hornets to a 40-25 season, a WAC Tournament title, and a NCAA REginoal win over #19 UC Santa Barbara. Under his leadership, the 2019 Hornets pitching staff to a program record 537 strikeouts. It was the second consectuive season in which the Hornets broke the program record. Additionally, the Hornets staff continued to pace the Wester Athletic Conference, leading the league in five categories: ERA (3.88), WHIP (1.33), walks-allowed-per-nine (3.49), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.43), and hits-allowed-per-nine (8.44). They finished second in the WAC in shutouts (5) and strikeouts-per-nine innings (8.5).
In his second season as pitching coach, Angier led the 2018 Hornet pitching staff to a new program record with 456 strikeouts, passing the previous record by 33 (423, 1988) and shattering the record for Div. I strikeouts of 412, set during his first season in 2017. For the second straight year, Angier's staff led the WAC in nearly every pitching category, including ERA, hits allowed per nine, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, WHIP, and walks-per-nine. Of those, the team's seven shuouts (T-8th), 3.26 K:BB (5th), and 2.37 BB/9 (2nd) were among the top 10 in all of NCAA Div. I.
The team's seven shutouts in 2018 were tied for second-most in program history. The team's 140 walks (2nd), .255 opponent's batting average (T-4th), and 14 saves (T-5th) were all top-5 marks in program history, as well. Under Angier, three pitchers were named to the All-WAC first or second team in 2018
For the second straight season, one of Angier's freshman pitchers was recognized as an All-American as Scott Randall was selected to the Freshman All-American team by Collegiate Baseball. In 2017, his first year as pitching coach, Angier helped Brahms earn Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and Second Team Freshman All-American honors by Perfect Game/Rawlings. Brahms was also named the WAC Freshman of the Year.
During Angier's first year, Justin Dillon threw the first no-hitter in Sacramento State's Div. I history, allowing just one walk and tying the program record with 13 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky. Dillon was honored as national Player of the Week by four publications after the no-hitter and was later named WAC Tournament MVP, going 2-0 with a win in the title game and allowing just one run on six hits with 12 strikeouts over 12 innings as the Hornets won the tournament.
In 2017, Angier's staff led the WAC in ERA, WHIP, opponent's batting average, strikeout to walk ratio, and hits allowed per nine innings. The team's .250 opponent's batting average and six shutouts were both the third best in program history.
In his first five seasons at Sacramento State the Hornets have put together five record-breaking years, including the first two WAC Tournament titles and NCAA Div. I regional appearances and win in program history. The Hornets have gone 170-133 (.561) overall and 82-47 (.636) in the Western Athletic Conference with two league titles in Angier's five years with the program.
In his young coaching career Angier has helped mentor three pitchers that reached the major leagues in Caleb Thielbar, Blake Treinen, and Layne Somsen.
"Coach Angier was the coach that I had never had at the time I met him," said Treinen, All-Star closer for the Oakland Athletics. "His ability to push my talent both physically and mentally allowed me to be in a position to have success and further my career. I'm very grateful to have someone who cared about my personal goals as I did and that took the time to invest in helping make them become a reality."
Angier joined North Dakota State for the 2011 season and promptly molded the pitching staff into one of the most successful in school history. In 2011 he led the Bison pitching staff that dropped its team ERA by almost a full run from 2010 and held opposing hitters to a Division I program-best .285 batting average. In 2012 Angier's pitching staff set several school records, including single season school-records with 509 innings pitched, a .261 batting average, allowed only 3.18 walks per game, 333 strikeouts, 6 shutouts, 40 wins, while also posting a 3.38 ERA. The 2013 season for Angier and his staff proved to be just as successful when the Bison broke single season records with 346 strikeouts and just 3.02 walks allowed per game. One of Angier's pitchers at NDSU, John Straka, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2013.
Angier was the pitching coach at South Dakota State for two seasons as a graduate assistant. In his final season, Angier mentored the most prolific closer in SDSU history. He helped right-hander Trevor Vermeulen, an All-American, notch a career best 10 saves, 9 wins, and a 1.45 ERA. During those two years, Angier oversaw a pitching staff that set Jackrabbit single-season records with 463.1 innings pitched and 359 strikeouts.
Two of Angier's pitchers at South Dakota State were selected in the 2009 and 2010 MLB Draft. Blake Treinen currently pitches in the Major Leagues for the Oakland Athletics and Caleb Thielbar pitched for the Minnesota Twins for three seasons.
A native of Bellevue, Wash., Angier played collegiately at Big Bend Community College and South Dakota State University. He graduated from SDSU in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned a master's degree in sports pedagogy in 2010. He and his wife Sheena have a daughter, Avery, and a son, Tripp.