Todd Holland begins his first season as UAFS head baseball coach.
Holland, who is a native of Crystal, Minn., is the fifth head coach in the history of the PROGRAM – Shelby Breedlove (1963-64), Lawrence “Squeaky” Smith (1965), Bill Crowder (1966-1998), Dale Harpenau (1999-2014).
Prior to joining the UAFS staff, Holland was head baseball coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he compiled an overall record of 304-251. Cameron competes in the NCAA Division II’s Lone Star Conference.
During his tenure at Cameron, Holland turned the Aggies into one of the premier and most-respected PROGRAMS in the South Central Region. In 2011, Aggie Chase Larsson was named the Rawlings National Player of the Year after belting 29 homers in 49 games in an Aggie uniform.
Justin Wichert begins his first season as assistant coach and pitching coach. Wichert began his college playing career at Cowley County (2001-2003). While at Cowley County, he was selected in the 2003 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. After completing his education at Cowley, Wichert became a starting pitcher at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. During his first season at William Jewell, the Cardinals set the school record for wins with 47 wins.
Wichert began his college coaching career in the fall of 2006, helping William Jewell in the areas of pitching and strength and conditioning. In December of 2006, he received his bachelor’s DEGREE IN business management from William Jewell.
In 2009, he served as an assistant coach for the Laramie Colts in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. The Colts went on to win the league championship. He also began coaching at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., in 2009. During his three years as pitching coach under head coach Roger Ward, the Norsemen won the conference in 2010 and 2012.
Jon Ubbenga will begin his first season as assistant coach and infield coach. Prior to joining the UAFS staff, he was the infield coach at NCAA Division I Florida INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
Ubbenga’s responsibilities at FIU were on campus recruiting, working with hitters and base runners, handling all infielders and directing the summer camps. Under Ubbenga’s guidance last season, the FIU infielders compiled the second-highest fielding percentage in school history.
Prior to joining the FIU staff, Ubbenga was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. At Saint Peter’s, Ubbenga was the hitting and infield coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator. During his time with the Peacocks, he was responsible for locating potential SCHOLARSHIP athletes and conducting official and unofficial visits to the university. Serving as the team’s third base coach on game day, Ubbenga also oversaw all scouting report duties. In addition to those duties, he operated all of Saint Peter’s prospect camps.
Jessica graduated in 08 from Northside HS in Fort Smith, AR where she played centerfield for the Lady Bears Softball. She played competitively for Tulsa Elite Gold. Then went to Arkansas State where she started in centerfield and led off……..while majoring in psychology and health promotion. Jessica is also a Cooper Institute certified personal trainer.
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