Assistant baseball coach Jake Arledge begins his first year with the Roadrunner program in 2017-2018. Following a high school career in Huntington, California, Arledge spent a season with California Baptist University, an NCAA Division II program. Following a suggestion from his former high school coach, Arledge traveled to Texas to spend his sophomore season with Panola College, getting his first exposure to the tough Region XIV conference. That year, Arledge finished seventh in the entire NCAA in stolen bases.
Arledge’s time with the Ponies earned enough attention to land an offer from the University of Arkansas, where he would play out his collegiate career. He led the Razorbacks in stolen bases in each of his two seasons, and hit .300 his senior year in the Southeastern Conference. An outfielder who played all three positions, Arledge finished with an outstanding .984 fielding percentage his senior year and batted .385 in the NCAA Tournament’s Fayetteville Regional in 2017.
In 2018, Arledge served as a student assistant coach, helping the Razorbacks to finish as national runners-up following a thrilling NCAA World Series in Omaha.
Arledge’s parents are Donna and Andrew Arledge.
On his return to AC: “I remember coming to this campus for games and being in awe at how nice this facility was. I know about Coach Livin’s baseball history, and I know he’s great at developing players. All of it was definitely appealing when I found out they were looking for a coach.”
On his approach to coaching: “First and foremost, I want to share with our guys the mentality we took at Arkansas, and that was just be grinders. No matter the situation or score, whether we’re up 10 or down 10, to just keep grinding and making things happen.
“I also want to utilize their tools. I don’t want to have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan. I know every player is a different player, and I know some guys can run bases, and some guys can hit homers. I don’t want anyone trying to do anything other than what they can do well. I want to see what every player does, and I want to utilize their strengths.”