Joe Oliveira begins his first season as an assistant coach at San Diego State baseball program. A former collegiate and professional catcher, he will work with Aztec players at that position as well as assisting other coaching duties. He will also serve as the Director of Aztec Baseball Camps and Clinics.
His most recent coaching assignment came during the summer of 2013 he was a coach at Battle Creek in the Northwoods League 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 26-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.