|Title:||Head Baseball Coach/Strength and Conditioning|
|Phone:||323 259 2683|
Luke Wetmore enters his second season as the Occidental College head baseball coach in 2012-13.
During his first season as the interim head coach in 2012, Wetmore led Oxy to its first winning season in 22 years and best overall season since the last Oxy baseball team won the SCIAC championship in 1982. The Tigers went 23-16 overall and 18-10 in SCIAC play.
Oxy is successful in the classroom and in the community under Wetmore's leadership. 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 by inviting cancer survivors to throw a strike against cancer as part of the team's first pitch ceremony at home games.
The Tigers also boasted a 3.21 grade point average in the Spring of 2012.
"Luke proved last year that he is not only the right guy for the job between the lines, but that he has thorough knowledge of Occidental as a highly selective and competitive liberal arts institution, academically and athletically," Occidental College athletic director Jaime Hoffman said. "Luke's committed to our goal of recruiting talented student-athletes that will be leaders in the Occidental community and we're committed to him."
Wetmore spent three years as Oxy's hitting coach before taking control of the team last summer following former head coach Jason Hawkin's departure for UC Santa Barbara. During his trial 2012 season, the Tigers went 23-16 overall, and 18-10 in SCIAC play — Oxy baseball's first winning season in 22 years and best winning percentage since the last Oxy team won a SCIAC championship in 1982.
For Wetmore and his staff, the vote of confidence won't mean much change, but they'll continue to work with some peace of mind.
"I couldn't be happier and more excited to go back to work with a great group of young men," Wetmore said. "We had some success this year and we're looking forward to instilling a championship culture on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Strength and Conditioning: Wetmore also serves as the athletic department's strength and conditioning coordinator and coach. During their respective offseasons, all 21 intercollegiate varsity sports spend time working with Wetmore in the weight room.
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 Eagle Rock with his wife Courtney.
|Phone:||323 259 2519|
Rodgers enters his second season as the first assistant with the Occidental College baseball team in 2012-13.
Jesse attended the University of Portland (Portland, OR) from the fall of 2003 to the spring of 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in ’06 and then received his Master of Science in Management Communication in ‘08.
Jesse was born and raised in Olympia, WA. He graduated from Capital High School in 2003 where he was a three year letter-winner in baseball. At Capital, Jesse was named 1st Team All League his junior and senior years, as well as being named All-State his senior year. Jesse went on to become the starting shortstop for four years at the University of Portland (’04-’07). At the end of his career, he held the assists record for the Pilots with 528, was 2nd in career games played with 204, was the Team Captain his senior year, and was the All West Coast Conference Honorable Mention Shortstop in 2005. In the summer of 2004, Jesse played for the NBC World Series Champion Aloha Knights (now the Corvallis Knights). In 2006, he played in the NBC World Series for the Palm Springs Power, assisted by former Oxy Head Coach Jason Hawkins.
After finishing his playing career, Jesse jumped right into coaching, becoming the Volunteer
Assistant for the University of Portland in 2008. He coached infielders and hitters as well as throwing batting practice every day.
From ’08 to’10, Jesse was the Head Assistant at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR. He worked with the infielders and hitters as well as being the academic advisor and assisting with recruiting. In ’09, the Saints were 35-8, won the Southern Region, finished 3rd in the NWAACC Tournament and hit .328 as a team. In his two years at Mt. Hood, six of Jesse’s infielders continued their careers at four-year schools (three at the Division 1 level and three at the Division II level).
In the summer of ’09, Jesse was the Head Coach of the Portland Ports (in the WCCBL-Portland League). In the summer of ‘10, Rodgers was an Assistant Coach for the Willmar Stingers (Willmar, MN) of the prestigious Northwoods League. The expansion team finished 2nd in the North Division.
Rodgers is entering his second season at Oxy. He is the recruiting coordinator, infield coach, and assists Coach Wetmore with the hitters. During the 2011 season under Rodgers’ tutelage, Logan Allen was named an All-West Region Selection as well as garnering 2nd Team SCIAC Honors.
Jesse and his wife, Kacy, currently reside in Eagle Rock.
University of Portland (2004-2007)
Assistant Coach, Occidental College (2010-Present) Head Assistant Coach, Mt. Hood Community College (2008-2010)
Assistant Coach, Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League (Summer 2010)
Head Coach, Portland Ports of the WCCBL Portland (Summer 2009)
Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Portland (2008)
|Phone:||323 259 2519|
Phillips enters his third year as a collegiate coach after five years of experience at the high school level.
The Oregon native and son of Boardman, Ore. Mayor Chet Phillips, played for Clackamas Community College after a high school career at Beaverton HS. He then continued his education at Montana State University. Phillips began his coaching career in Park City, Utah.
During his five years in Park City, Phillips helped lead the team to their first region title in nine years.
During the past two years the team posted a 34-14 record, with eight of his players advancing to play at the next level.
Phillips' responsibilities include working with catchers, working on the run game, coaching first base and helping with recruiting.
Off the field, Terry is a freight broker for Echo Global Logistics in Palos Verdes, Calif. He currently resides in Eagle Rock.
Clackamas Community College (1993-1995)
Occidental College : (2011-Present)
Park City High School : (2005-2010)