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Jesse Zepeda added to Long Beach Staff


TroyBuckley Long Beach, Calif. – Long Beach State head baseball coach Troy Buckley has announced the addition of Jesse Zepeda as an assistant coach for the program. Zepeda comes to The Beach after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Cal Poly.

Zepeda, who was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal Poly, will assume those same roles for Long Beach State.

"Jesse is a great addition to our staff," said Buckley. "His experience and knowledge of the Big West Conference and collegiate baseball on the West Coast is a tremendous asset in the recruiting and coaching arenas. He is an outstanding fit both professionally and personally, and we are excited for him and his family to join the Dirtbag family."

During his seven seasons at Cal Poly, Zepeda helped bring the team to their first Division I postseason appearance in 2009 and was instrumental in the signing and development of two Big West Players of the Year in Kyle Blumenthal (2005) and Grant Desme (2007).

Under Zepeda’s watch, the Mustangs have also had back-to-back Big West Freshman of the Year over the last two seasons in Matt Jensen and this year’s recipient, Mitch Haniger.

Prior to his time at Cal Poly, Zepeda spent one season as an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif.

Zepeda finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma, where he played in the College World Series in 1995. After being drafted in the 23rd round, he played for four years in the minor leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers organizations. He started his collegiate career at Fresno State before transferring to Cuesta College.

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