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Jake Angier was promoted to pitching coach in August 2016 after three season 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 nine years of Div. I coaching experience.
In his first season as pitching coach Angier led the 2017 Hornet pitching staff to a new Div. I program record with 412 strikeouts, finishing just 11 strikeouts shy of the overall program record of 423 set in 1988. The team's .250 opposing batting average and six shutouts were both the third best in program history while Angier's staff led the WAC in virtually every pitching category including ERA, WHIP, opposing batting average, strikeout to walk ratio, and hits allowed per nine innings.
Angier helped freshman right-handed pitcher Parker Brahms earn Freshman All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball while he was also WAC Freshman of the Year and an All-WAC first team selection. Brahms was 7-3 with a WAC-leading 2.68 ERA during the regular season with a 5-1 record and 2.09 ERA in WAC play.
During the regular season 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 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, a reliever with the Washington Nationals. "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."
In his first four seasons at Sacramento State the Hornets put together four 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 135-108 overall and 65-40 in the Western Athletic Conference with two league titles in Angier's four years with the program.
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 Washington Nationals 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.