Joe Oliveira enters his second season with the Aztecs and first as a full time coach and recruiting coordinator. He was promoted to a full time position and named the recruiting coordinator at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
"It's (Joe) Oliveira's second year here, and he came in last year and did a phenomenal job not only on the field, but in the Aztec community and really earned the job," commented Head Coach Mark Martinez. "We put a lot on him recruiting wise, and in a short amount of time he's done a phenomenal job getting us to go out to see some of the best talent in Southern California and beyond."
Along with his role as recruiting coordinator, Oliveira serves as the team's hitting, catching and outfield coach, as well as coach third base during games. He also assists Coach Martinez with the team's academic program, which saw the most scholar athletes and highest team GPA in the history of the program during the 2014 season.
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. 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 was also an integral part of putting together the 2014 freshman class, which was ranked as the 19th-best recruiting class in the country by Baseball America.
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 payer he competed for Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League, Frederick in the Carolina League and Delmarva in the South Atlantic League.
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 Rivals.com 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.
Oliveira graduated from University City High School in San Diego, Calif., where earned a combined six letters in baseball (three) and basketball (three) while playing for the Centurions. Under the tutelage of former SDSU pitcher Jeff Dufek, he led University City HS to a combined 46-23 record in his final two seasons.
As a senior, Oliveira posted a .420 average with 33 runs scored, 31 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He was named the team MVP and earned All-CIF and All-Western League First Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons.
The 27-year-old Oliveira earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Pacific in 2009 as well as a master's degree in education from the same school in 2011.