Luke Wetmore enters his fifth season as the Occidental College head baseball coach in 2015-2016.
During his first four seasons as Oxy’s head baseball coach the Tigers have posted a 89-69 overall record and 66-46 in SCIAC play. In his first two seasons the Tigers’ overall record was 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 under Wetmore, 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.
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 four players on the 1st Team-All SCIAC and 10 players that landed on the 2nd Team All-SCIAC. Following the 2014-15 season, sophomore outfielder Devon DeRaad who led the conference in home runs (13) was named to the NCAA Division III ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Second Team.
"It is a pleasure to work with the quality young men we have in our program," Wetmore said. "We have been building a successful program over the past four 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, CA 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.