USCB Sand Sharks on hunt for new baseball coach

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By LowcoSports.com

Whenever the USCB baseball team returns to the field, the Sand Sharks will have a new coach. 

The school’s athletics department announced Wednesday it has begun a national search for the fourth head coach in program history after parting ways with Jeremy Christian after three-plus seasons.

“While I’m proud of our program and thankful for the culture coach Jeremy Christian built, I’m excited to begin this new chapter,” USCB athletics director Quin Monahan said. “Our expectation is that we’ll maintain and build upon the vision and standards that have been set, while contending for titles at both the conference and national level.”

Christian finishes his tenure at USCB with an 80-94 mark over three full seasons and part of a fourth. He took over the program in 2017 and led the Sand Sharks to a 32-22 record and a berth in the Sun Conference tournament, but USCB posted back-to-back losing seasons in 2018 and 2019 and was off to a 6-11 start in 2020 before the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christian was at the helm of the Sand Shark program that broke multiple single-game school records, including runs scored (23), RBIs in a game (21), hits (22), stolen bases (11), strikeouts (17) and home runs (4).

He coached four Sand Sharks who went on to begin professional careers after their time at USCB — Justin Kortessis, Mike Biasello, Zac Burke, and Chris Vazquez. Kortessis and Biasello played in the Pecos League for Garden City, and Burke pitched for the New York Bucks in the Empire League. Most recently, Vazquez began his pro career in the Atlantic League for the York Revolution.

“I have the absolute highest opinion of Jeremy and am thankful for his commitment to USCB baseball for the these last 3 1/2 years,” Monahan said. “I wish he and his family the best as they move forward.”

Assistant coach Zach Roberts will remain on the staff, the school said.