Joe Oliveira
Joe  Oliveira

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Pacific '09



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Joe Oliveira enters his fifth season with the Aztecs as the hitting coach/recruiting coordinator. In his first four seasons the Aztecs have won three Mountain West Conference Championships, including three 40+ win seasons and three NCAA regional appearances.

Oliveira, who leads the program's recruiting effort, added the 19th-ranked class in the country in 2017, including 2 players that were drafted, but decided to attend San Diego State.

SDSU's 2014 recruiting class ranked 19th in the country by Baseball America while the 2015 recruiting class was ranked 17th in the country by Perfect Game. Last year's (2016) class was rated 27th by In addition, he has been named the top recruiter in the Mountain West in a vote of the league's head coaches.

Along with being the program's recruiting coordinator, Oliveira's responsibilities include working with all the hitters, catchers, outfielders, as well as coach third base during the games.

He also assists Coach Martinez with all aspects of the program, including the academic program, which has set new records each of the last two years with a new record number of scholar athletes (22) and new team GPA (3.01) program highs.

In 2017, Oliveira helped guide lead an offense that was one of the best in the country. The team ranked nationally in batting average (13th at .314), hits (4th with 700), doubles (15th with 129, home runs (42nd with 62), slugging percentage (25th at .468), on base percentage (3rdd at .388) and runs (29th with 421). The Aztec offense had 10 hitters finish with a batting average over .300, all with career highs.

The Aztec defense also set a program record with a .979 fielding percentage, which ranked 22nd in the country. The defense turned 67 double plays, which was the second most in the country.

In addition, there were two hitters named to the All-Mountain West first team in Danny Sheehan and Tyler Adkison, and two more named to the All-Mountain West second team in David Hensley and Alan Trejo.

Danny Sheehan also won the Tony Gwynn Mountain West Player of the Year award, becoming the first Aztec hitter to be named Mountain West player of the year. After the season both Danny Sheehan Tyler Adkison were named ABCA Rawlings Third-Team All Americans.

The 2017 Aztecs had five players drafted, including two hitters, in which Oliveira helped develop from undrafted high school players into professional prospects. Alan Trejo was a 16th round pick by the Colorado Rockies and Tyler Adkison was a 32nd round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Over his first 4 years, Oliveira has seen 18 Aztecs drafted, including nine hitters who had never been drafted before. The team has seen a rise in batting average and fielding percentage each year.

Oliveira was selected to coach for USA Baseball in August 2016. He spent a week in Cary, NC at the USA Baseball Complex leading the 14u Southern California team in the National Team Identification Series. He served as the manager of the team that went 3-0 for the week.

During the 2015 season, his second as a collegiate coach, Oliveira helped guide the team to their third consecutive Mountain West Championship, including 41 wins. The 2015 team also saw five players drafted by Major League teams, three of which being hitters who had never been drafted before (Steven Pallares, Seby Zavala, Ty France).

Oliveira, who focuses on the catchers, helped guide Seby Zavala to his best season as an Aztec in 2015. Zavala hit .290 with 14 home runs, 67 RBI's and threw out 47% of would be base-stealers. Zavala was also named to the All-Mountain West Team after the season, and continued his success into the Mountain West Tournament where he was named tournament MVP. Zavala was then drafted in the 12th round by the Chicago White Sox.

During the 2014 season, his first as a collegiate coach, Oliveira helped guide the team to the Mountain West Conference Championship, including 42 wins and the best win percentage in 30 years of the program. The 2014 team also saw seven players sign professional contracts after the season, four of which being hitters (Greg Allen, Tim Zier, Brad Haynal, Evan Potter) in which Oliveira helped guide to tremendous seasons.

Oliveira, also the catching coach, mentored Brad Haynal to his best season as an Aztec in 2014. Brad hit .313 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI and threw out 53% of attempted base stealers, leading the conference in that category. Those numbers, along with Haynal's leadership, earned him a spot on the All-Mountain West Team and was named All-Mountain West Tournament MVP. After the season, he was drafted in the 18th round by the Miami Marlins and worked his way up to their Low-A affiliate in his very first season.

Oliveira served as coach at Battle Creek (Mich.) in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2013 where he began the season as an assistant coach and was soon promoted to the head coaching position.

Prior to that coaching stint, Oliveira was a player in the Baltimore Orioles organization, the team that drafted him in the 15th round out of the University of the Pacific in June 2010. During his time as a professional player, he competed for Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League, Frederick in the Carolina League and Delmarva in the South Atlantic League.

Oliveira was selected to coach for USA Baseball in August 2016. He spent a week in Cary, NC at the USA Baseball Complex leading the 14u Southern California team in the National Team Identification Series. He served as the manager of the team that went 3-0 for the week.

A four-time letterman at Pacific (2006-10), Oliveira was a three-time all-big West Conference selection who was rated as the ninth-best catcher in the nation by in 2008. He was also named to the 2009 Johnny Bench Award Watch list, an honor presented to the top collegiate catcher in the nation.

As a team captain during his senior season, he led the team in walks and stolen bases and had the second-best marks on the squad in triples and home runs. During his final year with the Tigers he batted .332 with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 29 runs batted in as he helped the Tigers to a school record for victories in a season.

In addition, Oliveira still ranks among the top 10 on the Pacific career lists in games, at bats, runs, triples, walks and total bases.

The 29-year-old Oliveira earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Pacific in 2009 as well as a master's degree in education, also from Pacific, in 2011.

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