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Jay  Johnson

Associate Head Coach

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Toreros Prep for Tony Gwynn Classic

USD will co-host inaugural TGC begining Friday at 6 p.m. vs Nebraska.



Another former Torero Assistant takes a head coaching job.


USD to Host No 24 Nevada, then Travel to SMC this Week

USD will take on No. 24 nevada at 6 p.m. Monday, then resume WCC play at Saint MAry;s this weekend.



Another former Torero Assistant takes a head coaching job.


Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 7

Perfect Game has ranked the 2013 USD baseball recrtuting class the seventh best in the nation.

Jay Johnson is entering his seventh season with the Toreros. During his six five seasons at USD, he has been instrumental in helping guide USD to four trips to the NCAA Postseason (2006-08 and 2010) and three WCC Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2010 while assisting head coach Rich Hill with all aspects of the game.

Johnson serves as USD's Associate Head Coach and hitting coach, while also taking on the roll of recruiting coordinator. He helped recruit USD's 2008 class, which was ranked number one in the nation by Baseball America. The Toreros 2010 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the nation. In three of his first five seasons, the Toreros ranked first in the WCC in overall team hitting (2006, 2007, and 2009); as well as in conference play in (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).

Under his guidance, the Toreros have produces three of the last four WCC Player's of the Year with Shane Buschini taking home the honor is 2007 and James Meador taking home the award in 2009 and again in 2010. Johnson also helped guide Josh Romanski to the WCC Freshman of the Year award in 2006 and he has also helped guide 32 Toreros to All-WCC honors in his four seasons. In addition; since 2006, 17 Torero hitters have signed professional baseball contracts.

In 2010, Johnson helped lead the Toreros to one of the highest winning percentages in WCC history with a 19-2 conference mark; while helping the Toreros to a conference batting average of .336; the highest team average in the WCC over the last decade.

In 2008, Johnson was instrumental in helping lead the Toreros to their second consecutive 40-win season, as the Toreros set a program-record with a 44 wins. Johnson helped lead USD to the championship game of the Long Beach Regional, and he helped lead six position players to All-WCC accolades.

Johnson helped guide the Toreros to the programs first 40-win season in 2007 with a 43-18 overall record, as well as a program-best No. 4 national ranking and a No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. With his guidance, the Toreros had eight players earn first-team All-WCC honors. Also under his guidance, the team defeated 10 pitchers on the Roger Clemens Award watch list.

In 2006, Johnson helped guide the Toreros to the 2006 Fullerton regional; facing one of the toughest schedules in the country; the Toreros compiled wins against five first round draft picks including current Major Leaguers Tim Linsecum, David Price, and Justin Masterson.

Johnson, the head coach at nearby Point Loma Nazarene prior to coming to USD, did a remarkable job at PLNU, leading the NAIA Sea Lions to a national ranking as high as No.6 and a 2005 Golden State Athletic Conference-Southern Division Championship. During four seasons at Point Loma Nazarene, three as an assistant before becoming the head coach in 2005, Johnson and the Sea Lions made four consecutive trips to the NAIA Region II Championships and established a Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) record with 47 wins in 2004 while claiming the GSAC championship, as well as finishing third in the NAIA College World Series. The 2004 team was also awarded the Hank Burbridge NAIA team Champions of Character award. In the spring of 2005 Johnson guided Point Loma Nazarene to a 37-16 overall mark, winning the 2005 GSAC-Southern Division Championship and finishing the season ranked No. 19 nationally. Seven of Jay's players at PLNU moved on to play professional baseball.

An outstanding high school and collegiate athlete, Johnson was the starting second baseman at Point Loma Nazarene in 1999 and 2000, hitting .326 during his senior season in 2000. Prior to PLNU, Johnson played at Shasta Junior College. As a prep athlete at Oroville High School, Johnson was a First Team All-CIF Northern Section pick in both baseball and football.

Johnson earned a degree in Physical Education at PLNU in 2001 and later acquired a Master's degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University.

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