Baseball Coaching Staff
Kiser Named Porterville College Baseball Coach
Porterville College has announced the hiring of Jake Kiser as its new head baseball coach. Kiser, a former assistant coach at College of the Sequoias and head coach at Golden West High School in Visalia, will also become a part-time adjunct instructor for PC’s physical education division.
“I’m very excited about joining the Porterville College athletic department,” Kiser said. “I appreciate the opportunity from the administration, and I’m looking forward to working hard and preparing for next season. Our goals will be to recruit quality talent from the Valley, field a team that is highly competitive, and prepare our students to be successful in life.”
Kiser coached Golden West High School to West Yosemite League championship titles in 2005 and 2006. His 2006 team advanced to the Valley semifinals, the same season he was voted WYL and Tulare County Coach of the Year.
Following the 2006 season, Kiser accepted a position on the COS staff under head coach Jody Allen. As a Giants’ assistant coach and adjunct faculty member, Kiser was responsible for recruiting, fundraising, summer camps, off-season conditioning – in addition to his on-field duties. During his four-year stint at COS, the Giants recorded three 20-win seasons, including a third-place finish in the Central Valley Conference in 2009 (27-16 overall).
“We had a lot of qualified candidates from across the state interested in the position, and to his credit, Jake was able to surface to the top,” said PC athletic director Eric Mendoza. “Jake has experience directing his own baseball program, and being a leader at COS has also prepared him for this level. Jake has demonstrated a commitment to helping student-athletes succeed, and his character as a person makes him a great role model for our program.”
Kiser is a Paso Robles native who played at Allan Hancock College before transferring to Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. He earned a bachelor’s in kinesiology and a secondary teaching credential in physical education in 2002. As a senior, Kiser ranked second in the nation in stolen bases, and was team captain, most valuable player, and Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Player of the Year. Kiser later earned a master’s in health and human performance from Fort Hays State in 2009.
At age 30, Kiser joins PC basketball coach T.J. Jennings (29) as the two youngest men’s head coaches in the CVC in their respective sports. Kiser and his wife, Jae, reside in Visalia with their two children.