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19 Mark Viramontes
Mark  Viramontes

Position:
Volunteer Asst. Coach


03/02/2017

USD Baseball vs. Vanderbilt (02/19/17)

USD Baseball vs. Vanderbilt (02/19/17)

Mark Viramontes is in his second stint with the Torero coaching staff. He was the USD staff from 2006-09 and then returned before the 2016 season to serve as the team's first base coach.

In 2017, Viramontes helped guide the Toreros to a 35-18-1 record. The Toreros had seven players taken in the 2017 MLB Draft, highlighted by Riley Adams, the WCC Player of the Year, third round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 2016, Viramontes worked closely with the USD catchers, and helped guide Riley Adams to a second-team All-WCC selection. Viramontes also worked with the USD pitching staff, and was in charge of calling the pitches for the 2016 season. Viramontes was also assisting head coach Rich Hill with the development and training of both the offensive players, as well as the USD pitching staff. Viramontes also served as the first base coach for USD. With his help, six total Toreros took home All-WCC honors, highlighted by Bryson Brigman being named first-team All-WCC.

Viramontes returned to USD after serving as an assistant coach for Saint Mary's College the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Viramontes joined the Gaels staff for the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons at San Diego State. While an Aztec, he served both as the director of player development and volunteer assistant. After his stint at Saint Mary's, Viramontes spent the fall of 2015 at California, assisting with the baseball program in all facets, prior to coming to USD.

Prior to working at San Diego State, Viramontes coached four seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, he served as the catching coach and helped run the team's baseball operations office. Viramontes helped lead USD to back-to-back 40-win seasons in 2007 and 2008, and helped guide the Toreros to a No. 9 national seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The 2008 Toreros posted the most wins in program history of 44, and reached the Long Beach Regional championship game, but fell to eventual national champion Fresno State. In 2005, he served as an assistant coach at Cal State Los Angeles, working with outfielders and running the team's weight training program.

A longtime coach with over 16 years of experience, Viramontes has extensive summer ball experience as well. From 2006-08 he was the head coach of the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate Summer League (CICL). In his first season, he led DuPage to a franchise-best 25-19 record and in year two he led the Dragons to the league championship game. From 2004-05, he coached in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), serving as the hitting instructor and third base coach for the Brewster Whitecaps.

A native of East Los Angeles, Calif., Viramontes began his coaching career as an assistant junior varsity coach at Garfield High School in Los Angeles and a varsity assistant at San Gabriel High School. He went on to work as an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds, evaluating baseball talent in inner-city schools. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Phoenix.
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