“We are excited to add Zach to our coaching staff,” said Schlossnagle. “He will bring a tremendous amount of energy to our program and is a proven developer of players, especially at the catching position.”
Etheredge will assume the duties of coaching the catchers as well as assisting in various other aspects of the program.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to work with such an outstanding baseball program and such a great staff,” said Etheredge. “I hope I can add something to the mix.”
The former Chicago White Sox farmhand spent the past two seasons as the volunteer assistant at UC Santa Barbara. This past season, he helped coach the Gouchos to a berth in the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The Gouchos finished the season with a 35-25 record. Under his guidance, Jackson Morrow posted a 1.000 fielding percentage and threw out 56% of basestealers.
Prior to his time at UCSB, Etheredge served as an assistant for the Cotuit Kettlers in the Cape Cod League. He was also the head coach in the Texas Fury summer league organization.
In his collegiate playing days, Etheredge was a two-time All-Southland Conference catcher at UTSA. He ranks in the top 10 of most offensive categories, including at-bats, doubles, RBIs and home runs.