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Luke Wetmore
Luke Wetmore
Title: Head Baseball Coach/Strength & Conditioning
Phone: 323 259 2683
Email: wetmorel@oxy.edu

Luke Wetmore enters his third season as the Occidental College head baseball coach in 2013-2014.

During his first two seasons as Oxy’s head baseball coach the Tigers have posted a 49-31 overall record and 35-21 in SCIAC play, finishing tied for 3rd both years. The Tigers’ overall record is the best two-season winning percentage since the 1981-1982 seasons that culminated in a conference championship. Known more for his offense as a player, the Tigers have been led by their pitching and defense, finishing the 2013 campaign with a conference best 3.17 ERA (ranked 30th in the nation) and turning 42 double plays (tied for 13th nationally).

Off the field, the Tigers have also shown marked improvement. The Tigers organize an annual holiday toy drive for the Violence Intervention Program in the Oxy athletic department and dedicate the month of March to cancer research awareness and fundraising. The Tigers have also boasted a combined 3.22 team GPA during his tenure.

Wetmore spent three years as Oxy's hitting coach before taking control of the team in the summer of 2011.  During his tenure at Oxy, Wetmore has coached 7 players that landed on the 2nd Team All-SCIAC, and 3 players on the 1st Team-All SCIAC.

"It is a pleasure to work with the quality young men we have in our program," Wetmore said. "We have started to build a successful program over these first two seasons and I am looking forward to instilling a championship culture on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Strength and Conditioning: Wetmore also serves as one of the athletic department's strength and conditioning coaches. He is CSCS certified and works with many of Oxy's 21 intercollegiate varsity sports.

Personal: Wetmore grew up in Santa Cruz and was a multi-sport standout in football, baseball and wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. Later, Wetmore played baseball and football at the University of Redlands from 2004-08. During his tenure with the Bulldogs, Wetmore won three SCIAC championships, one as a baseball player and two as a football player. He finished his career as an outfielder with a .317 batting average, a .516 slugging percentage, a .412 on-base percentage and 13 home runs.

Wetmore lives in Azusa, CA with his wife Courtney and his daughter Clare Jeannette.

Education:  After graduating from Santa Cruz High School, Luke moved to Southern California to work on his undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands.  After earning his BA in Studio Art from Redlands in 2008, Luke completed Multiple Subject, Single Subject Physical Education and Single Subject Art Teaching Credentials at the University of Redlands School of Education.

Background:  Born in Santa Rosa, CA, Luke grew up in Santa Cruz where he played baseball, football and wrestled at Santa Cruz High School.  At SCHS Luke was a 2nd Team All League linebacker and tight end, a two time league champion in wrestling (172 and 189 lbs) and played on three Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Championship teams in baseball.

After high school Luke played both football and baseball at the University of Redland.  Luke was a linebacker on two SCIAC championship football teams and played outfield for a SCIAC championship baseball team.  After a season ending injury his junior year during the football season, Luke played three more seasons of baseball, accumulating a .317 career batting average, slugging .516 and posted a .412 OB%. Out of his 108 career hits, Luke totaled 176 bases with 29 doubles and 13 homeruns while driving in 91 runs. During the four years Luke played at Redlands the Bulldogs posted a 99-61 record

Coaching Experience:
Occidental College 2008-
Cheyenne Grizzlies 2010

Luke enters his third year of coaching at Occidental College after playing outfield for the Bulldogs for four years.  In his first season as Oxy's hitting coach the Tiger's hit .283 and were ranked fifth in the nation in stolen bases (134 of 171) and HBP (80).  On the year the Tigers drove in 245 and hit 93 extra base hits and posted a .380 OB% and .396 SLG%.

This past season as Oxy's hitting coach the Tiger's hit .302, a twenty point improvement from the previous year, stole 115 bases and posted a .383 OB% and .390 SLG%.  In his third year Luke will  continue his work with the offense and is excited about the maturation of a young line-up from a season ago and the incoming talent.  He will also be taking over additional responsibilities for the Tigers program, stepping up as the Head Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

Luke is coming off a Mountain Collegiate Baseball League championship as an assistant coach for the Cheyenne Grizzles.  The Grizzlies finished their summer schedule 22-18 with a playoff birth and swept the regular season champs in a three game series.  The Grizzlies hit .292, slugged .381 and had an OB% of .401.

Playing Experience:
University of Redlands: (2004-08)