May 23, 2012
Assistant baseball coach Pat Waer went to Red Bank Elementary School with Pat Hutcheson, Austin Wynns and Time Out to talk living a healthy lifestyle for the school's Red Ribbon Rally.
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Pat Waer enters his 6th season as an assistant coach at Fresno State. Waer has helped guide the Bulldogs to post season play in each of his five years, including the programs first National Championship in 2008. With his help, the Bulldogs have won five consecutive WAC titles, made four NCAA Regional appearances, and averaged over 40 wins per season with a record of 202-120.
Serving as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator, Waer has been instrumental in assembling the staff's last six recruiting classes. His recruiting efforts have placed him among the west coast's elite recruiters. Included in the last six recruiting classes are 13 drafted high school players, 30 first-team All-WAC selections, five WAC Most Valuable Players, two WAC Pitchers of the Year, eight All-Americans, three Freshman All-Americans, one Golden Spikes Award Semi-Finalist, and 31 overall draft selections. The 2009, 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes have received national rankings by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America at 10th, 28th and 19th respectively.
Waer's primary duties on the field are serving as the team's third base coach, outfield instructor and assisting with the hitters, baserunning and infielders. Waer also assists head coach Mike Batesole with the planning of practice. Off the field, he helps coordinate the strength and conditioning program as well as team travel.
He assists in maintaining and monitoring the eligibility of student-athletes through the study team program established by Batesole. This study program has seen one player receive Academic All-American honors, another 41 have been named to the Academic All-WAC team, along with numerous players each season that have received academic recognition from Fresno State. The 2011 Bulldog Baseball team finished the academic year with a team G.P.A over 3.0.
As the outfield instructor, he has helped with the development of third round pick Nick Moresi (2006 Astros), 18th round pick Brian Lapin (2007 Rockies), 2008 All-American and 19th round pick Steve Susdorf (2008 Phillies), 2009 Freshman All-American, 2011 All-American and 10th round pick Dusty Robinson (2011 A's), 22nd round pick Brennan Gowens (2011 Angels), 2011 Freshman All-American Aaron Judge, and 10th round pick Bobby Coyle (2010 Dodgers). In all, Waer has helped develop 11 All-WAC outfield selections, two All-Americans and two freshman All Americans.
Prior to joining Batesole's staff for a WAC Championship in 2006, Waer was the head coach at Central High School and Dinuba High School from 1998-2005. During that time he recorded a 120-80-1 record while reaching the California Interscholastic Federation semifinals three times.
In 2004, Waer was named the Tri-River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and received the 100 victory-club award from the California Baseball Coaches Association. He also served as a full-time high school advanced placement United States history and social science teacher from 1996-2008. He was also the catching and hitting instructor for Fresno City College in 2007 when FCC finished third in the California State Junior College Championships.
Waer prepped at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif. and Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. He was a Greater Spokane League All-Star Selection and played in the Spokane High School All-Star Game. Waer played collegiately at Bakersfield College and at Washington State University for College Baseball Hall of Fame Coach Bobo Brayton as a catcher, third baseman and outfielder. During his college career, Waer compiled a .302 batting average with 15 home runs and 126 RBI. He led the Cougars to a Fresno State Pepsi-Johnny Quick tournament title in 1994, his senior year.
Waer earned his B.A. in history from Washington State University in 1995. He also has a Master's degree in education from National University in 2000 and a California teaching credential in the social sciences. He and his wife, Natalie, have two children, Jackson and Alex.
Waer Fresno State Coaching AccomplishmentsDraftees
33 overall MLB draft selections
13 drafted high school student-athletes
Western Athletic Conference Recognition
30 first-team selections
Five Most Valuable Players
- (Stephen Susdorf, 2008; Tom Mendonca, 2009; Jordan Ribera, 2010; Dusty Robinson, 2011)
Two Pitchers of the Year
- (Tanner Scheppers, 2008; Greg Gonzalez, 2011)
Two Freshman of the Year
- (Danny Muno, 2008; Aaron Judge, 2011)
Recruiting classes ranked
- 19th by Baseball America (2011)
- 28th by Collegiate Baseball (2010)
- (Tanner Scheppers and Steve Susdorf, 2008; Tom Mendonca, 2009; Jordan Ribera, 2010; Greg Gonzalez and Dusty Robinson, 2011)
Two Freshman All-Americans
- (Dusty Robinson, 2009; Aaron Judge, 2011)
One Golden Spikes Award Semi-Finalist
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