Head Baseball Coach
Jerrid Oates begins his second season as the head baseball coach at Colorado School of Mines in 2009.
During his first year at the helm in 2008, Oates garnered RMAC Co-Coach of the Year honors after leading CSM to its first appearance in the RMAC Tournament since 1999. The Orediggers, who qualified as the #5 seed in the 2008 RMAC Tournament, upset #2 seed Metro State in the opening round of play to earn their first post-season victory since the 1994 Mile High Intercollegiate Baseball League (MHIBL) Tournament. CSM's victory over the Roadrunners also marked the second-ever RMAC post-season win for the Orediggers, who defeated Fort Hays State University during the 1990 RMAC Tournament.
CSM's 20 wins in 2008 also established the third-highest single-season number of victories in program history (28 in 1999, 22 in 2002). Seven Orediggers went on to earn All-RMAC accolades, including Nick Walker, who was a First Team All-RMAC selection.
From 2004 to 2007, Oates served as an assistant baseball coach at CSM. During that time, Oates worked with the Oredigger catchers and outfielders. In 2007, Oates was instrumental in helping Anthony Siderius earn RMAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Oates came to Colorado School of Mines after serving for two years (2002 and 2003) as a graduate assistant baseball coach at Fort Hays State University (2002-2003). During his time with the Tigers, Oates also worked in FHSU's Health and Human Performance Wellness Center.
At FHSU, Oates helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament, the RMAC regular-season championship and the RMAC Tournament crown. The 2003 Tigers finished the year ranked first in all of NCAA Division II in batting average.
Oates earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2001 before going on to earn his M.S. in Health and Human Performance (emphasis in Administration) from Fort Hays State in 2003. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Oates is also a graduate of Millard North High School.
Oates and his wife, Alicia, make their home in Wheat Ridge.