|Previous College:||Sacramento State, '17|
Tim Wheeler spent three seasons with Sacramento State, returning to his alma mater in 2017 after concluding a seven-year professional career that saw him play four seasons for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate. He began his coaching career as a hitting coach with the Humboldt Crabs in the summer of 2016. With the Hornets, Wheeler worked with the team's outfielders and hitters while also assisting in recruiting, analytics, video, strength and conditioning training, and fundraising.
A first-round pick (32nd overall) of the Rockies in 2009, Wheeler was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the team's minor league system by MLB.com entering 2013. He is Sacramento State's highest draft pick in program history, as no other Hornet has ever been taken prior to round four.
He hit 33 home runs with 86 RBIs and a .900 OPS at the double-A level in 2011 and reached triple-A in 2012. He appeared poised to reach the big leagues that year, but broke his right hamate bone in the season's first week. He still hit .303 over 92 games in 2012 and continued to be a starting outfielder for the Triple-A Colorado Spring Sky Sox (and the Albuquerque Isotopes when affiliations changed) through the 2015 season. He hit .263 and totaled 78 home runs and 353 RBIs over his long professional career.
A native of Sacramento, Wheeler became the school's first two-time first team all-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2009. The center fielder hit .385 on the season with 18 home runs and 72 runs batted in, setting the school's single season RBI record in the process. He also broke the school's all-time RBI mark in just three seasons, boasting 142 in his career. Wheeler hit .457 on the season with runners in scoring position, and .451 with runners on base, while amassing 15 stolen bases and five outfield assists. Wheeler ranked in the top 30 nationally in six categories, with his highest ranking coming in RBIs.
For his efforts, Wheeler was named All-American by four different publications, which included second team honors from both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was the first player to earn All-American honors for the Hornets since Harvey Hargrove earned third team honors in 1997.
As a sophomore in 2008, Wheeler hit .330 with three home runs, 43 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. He tied for the longest hitting streak in the WAC on the season, hitting safely in 20 consecutive games while posting 17 multi-hit games. In 2007 as a freshman, Wheeler hit .310 with six home runs, improving his average to .352 inside of WAC play.
He and his wife, Melissa (a former Hornet volleyball player), have two children, Samuel Gray Wheeler and Liza June Wheeler.