Jake Valentine returns as an assistant coach with the Lumberjacks for his second season. He will be in charge of the infielders as well as assisting with the hitters. Valentine will also man the first base coaching box.
Valentine came to Nacogdoches from Vancouver, Wash., where he coached at Skyview High School. There he worked with the hitters and infielders and in just one year there helped guide the team deep into the state playoffs.
He graduated from Hawaii Pacific University where he played for two years under coach Garett Yukumoto. While at HPU, Valentine was a team captain for both years and left the islands after setting numerous school records including triples, walks and on-base percentage both for his career and single season.
Before arriving at Hawaii Pacific Valentine played for Coach Donegal Fergus at Tacoma Community College.