Saint Peter’s University Head Baseball Coach Sean Cashman
announced the appointment of Jon Ubbenga as an assistant
coach and recruiting coordinator. Coach Ubbenga will serve as
the team's hitting and infield coach. “Anytime a program can
bring a guy like Jon in is a tremendous accomplishment", remarked
Head Coach Sean Cashman. "Coach Ubbenga is a proven, successful
hitting coach and one of the best young coaches in the country.
The Peacock family is excited in welcoming Jon to Saint
Peter’s. His efforts on the field and the recruiting trail
will pay dividends for our program, as we move forward to our goal
of a MAAC Championship.”
Ubbenga enters his first season with Saint Peter’s after coaching in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Heralded as the top college summer league in the nation, the CCBL boasts players from primarily the major NCAA Division I conferences such as the ACC, SEC, Pac 12, etc. As an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners, Ubbenga helped lead the squad to a 31-17 record and the Eastern Division Title. The team would also finish the summer ranked 10th in the nation among all collegiate summer teams and break the league single season record for homeruns (64) that dated back to 1981. His duties included; working with infielders, hitters and base runners, creating practice plans, throwing batting practice, coordinating scouting reports and coaching 1st base during games. Coach Ubbenga also had the privilege of working under the direction of the league’s Manager of the Year, Steve Englert, and coaching the CCBL MVP, Phillip Ervin.
Prior to joining the Mariners, Ubbenga spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. For the year, the Norseman finished with a 35-14 record and won the OCAC Regular Season Championship. Ubbenga’s responsibilities included; scouting/recruiting, coaching infielders, hitters, and base runners on various skill work, creating/implementing practice plans, overseeing student-athlete strength and conditioning programs and various other administrative tasks.
In 2009, Ubbenga served as a volunteer assistant coach for Missouri State University. Two years ago, he coached with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Ubbenga also has experience as a private hitting and fielding instructor.
As a player, Ubbenga compiled numerous accomplishments and accolades. A recipient of the Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove Award for being the best fielding shortstop in the nation, Ubbenga started four years for William Jewell College from 2005-2009. As a Cardinal, he was a 1st Team All Conference Shortstop, a Rawlings Heart of America Athletic Conference and Region V Gold Glove Team Shortstop, NAIA Honorable Mention All American and the recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character Team Sportsmanship Award. He finished his career with an impressive record of 168-70 and a Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship title (2006-07).
Following his time at Williem Jewell, Ubbenga proceeded to play two years of professional baseball and captured the Frontier League Championship in 2010.
Ubbenga received a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Recreation Management from William Jewell College in 2009. In 2011, he received his Master’s of Science in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Sports Management from Missouri State University.