Jan. 4, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's College Director of Athletics, Mark Orr, announced today that head baseball coach Jedd Soto has signed a multi-year extension. Soto will enter his fourth season with the Gaels this spring.
"I'm excited to be at Saint Mary's College," Soto said. "Great things are happening on and off the field and Saint Mary's is where we want to be."
Soto enters his fourth year as head coach at Saint Mary's College. In just his third season at the helm, Soto turned the program around and made it one of the top contenders in the West Coast Conference. Soto led Saint Mary's to its finest season in 15 years, compiling its first winning season since 1991.
"I am pleased to have Jedd Soto continue to lead the Gaels baseball program," said Orr. "He has a proven track record of coaching winning teams throughout his career, and during his tenure at Saint Mary's he has recruited true scholar-athletes who are quality young men on and off the field. I look forward to working with him in continuing the success at Saint Mary's."
Since his inaugural season, Soto has added 12 wins, compiling an improvement of six victories a year. With that feat, Soto became only the second coach in Saint Mary's modern history to record back-to-back improvements in the win column.
Soto has had 11 players earn West Coast Conference accolades including three first-team selections in 2005 and six overall selections in 2006, the most at SMC since the 1994 season. In addition to the conference awards, Soto had six players selected in the amateur draft the last two seasons and eight players selected in previous drafts.
"Championships are won by creating tradition and I plan on being here for the long term to create that winning tradition."
Soto was hired on July 1, 2003 as a unanimous choice of the players, coaches, administrators and the search committee. At 29 years of age, Soto was the youngest head coach hired in Division I baseball.