SMC BASEBALL CAMPS | Coaching Staff

 

JORDON TWOHIG | Assistant Coach

Jordon Twohig joined the Saint Mary's baseball coaching staff as Associate Head Coach in July of 2019. Twohig brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, serving on eight different staffs and with six different collegiate teams including a stint with Saint Mary's from 2004 to 2006.

Twohig's most recent stay was for six years at Cal State Northridge as the Associate Head Coach while acting as the Recruiting Coordinator and hitting and outfielders' coach. Twohig consistently led his players to the top of the conference multiple offensive categories including: homeruns, doubles, triples, runs batted in, hits, walks, and slugging percentage. Furthermore, he was instrumental in team's highest conference finishes in 17 years. He also led the efforts in assembling both a top-30 and a top-40 recruiting class with the Matadors and helped fundraise $2.5 million towards a new stadium. Twohig also spent extensive time aiding the community in the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.

"Coach Twohig always seems to be where the players need him," head coach Greg Moore said about Twohig. "His ability to mentor time-management and personal skills comes from his willingness to be available to the players, and is as impressive as his ability to coach the game."

Before his time with the Matadors, he spent the 2010-2013 seasons on the staff of University of Washington. With the Huskies, he helped the program's recruiting and academic efforts. In 2011, he once again brought in a top-30 recruiting class which included seven players who were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Beforehand, Twohig was the head coach at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif. from 2008-2010 and led his team to unprecedented success during that time. In his three seasons, he compiled a 94-43 record, winning two regional championships, a super regional championship, and a state title as well. In his final season with the Renegades, he led his team to a state championship which was the first state title in any sport in the school's history. The previous season, after the team's first league title in 18 years, he was named the Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

From 2003-2010, Twohig spent time coaching in a myriad of other positions, including stretches with Feather River College (Assistant Coach, 2003-2004), Saint Mary's (Volunteer Assistant, 2004-2006), the Pittsburgh Pirates (Associate Scout, 2007-2008), and the NorCal Baseball Club (Head Coach, 2006-2010).

Before his coaching days, Twohig was an outfielder and left-handed pitcher at Feather River College and York College of Nebraska. At York, he was voted a team captain in both of his seasons and enjoyed a successful 2003 campaign: .363 batting average, seven homeruns, and 61 RBI. He was named All-Conference in both seasons and was an Academic All-American in 2002 with a 4.0 GPA.

Twohig received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in 2003 with an Emphasis in Secondary and Physical Education. Then, he earned a Master's in Science, Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2004.

 

RILEY GOULDING | Assistant Coach

Riley Goulding enters his first season as a member of the SMC baseball staff and his 7th at the Division 1 level.

"Saint Mary’s College is a special place to be a Division 1 Athlete while earning one of the top degrees on the West Coast" Goulding said about the experience in Moraga. "The intimate setting allows for minimal transition time wasted between class, the dining hall, and the baseball facilities. From a quiet Oliver Hall for breakfast to 3,500 rowdy fans packed into UCU Pavilion, SMC is truly a one-of-a-kind college experience."

Goulding was a large part of a four-year span at CSUN that saw 120 total wins and more Big West Conference wins (44) than any other four-year block in CSUN history.

In 2018, the Matadors had four players sign professional contracts with major league teams. Previously undrafted, Albee Weiss was selected in the 23rd round by the Minnesota Twins while Justin Toerner was taken in the 28th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Trevor Casanova was drafted in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins, and Alvaro Rubalcaba signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Toerner went on to be a Cardinals minor league player of the month in 2019.

During the 2018 season, under the direction of Goulding, the Matadors' offense averaged 5.67 runs per game, 3.09 extra bse hits per game and 1.12 home runs per game. The Matadors hit 102 doubles and 65 home runs. Each of the Top 10 hitters for CSUN had at least two homers. CSUN also led the Big West in home runs and slugging percentage, and were second in runs scored and RBI. On the defensive side of the ball, Goulding directed the Matador outfielders. In 2018, the outfield core committed just seven errors and had 14 assists. Two of the three starting outfielders for the Matadors were drafted in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (Weiss and Toerner).

In Big West Conference play in 2017, the Matadors ranked first in doubles and extra base hits, second in runs scored and third in batting average, home runs and RBI. Also in 2017, CSUN improved upon its batting average, on-base percentage, home runs, extra base hits, RBI, runs scored as well as lower strike out rate.

"Coach Goulding personalizes the hitting approach for each hitter," head coach Greg Moore said about Goulding. "While he drives our team approach on offense, the players are coached to maximize their strengths at the plate."

During the summer of 2019, Goulding spent time working with USA Baseball as a member of the Task Force for the 18u team. He scouted the USA West Championship Tournament in Peoria, AZ and helped identify potential prospects for the 18u USA Team.

In addition, Goulding serves as director of youth and high school camp clinics. He also organizes practice and weight schedules, academic and team study hall, community outreach efforts, social media posts and all team gear ordering and distribution.

Originally from Tracy, Calif., Goulding played junior college ball at the College of San Mateo. As a freshman in 2010, Goulding contributed to a team that won their ninth straight conference championship and went on to finish second in the CCCAA Final Four. Goulding went on to play Division I baseball for the University of Texas Pan-American (now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). He started 102 games in his two years with UTPA while hitting .304 and leading the team in hits as a senior.

In December 2013, Goulding received his Bachelor’s Degree from UTPA in Business Administration while majoring in Management. During the Fall of 2013,Goulding served an undergraduate student assistant for UTPA working closely with the coaching staff on practice organization and inventory management and with the infielders on a daily basis.

In July 2015, Goulding graduated from the University of Concordia-Irvine with a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

Goulding comes from a coaching lineage, which began with his father, John Goulding. John has been inducted into multiple High School Baseball Halls of Fame while coaching at James Logan High School in Union City. He posted over 500 wins during his 25 years at James Logan to go along with multiple league titles and two North Coast Section Championships. He is now retired from teaching and working full time with the NorCal section of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Goulding's brother, Tyler, began his collegiate coaching career in USC in 2013 as an assistant to the men's golf team. In the summer of 2016, he became the assistant men’s golf coach at the United States Air Force Academy.

Another brother, Logan, is the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of San Diego.

Head coach Greg Moore on Riley Goulding, "Coach Goulding is emerging as one of the premier young hitting coaches on the West Coast. His mix of teaching instinct and knowledge of the swing is unique. He not only knows how to teach hitting, he also understands how to instill a mindset that leads to success in the batters box.  Our hitters enjoy the freedom to hit and the support needed to make in-game adjustments. He’s creating a culture of offense.”

Riley currently resides in San Ramon, Calif.

 

MAX SHUPE | Director of Baseball Operations

Max Shupe joins Gaels Baseball as the Director of Operations for the 2021 season, and brings a wealth of coaching and operations experience to Moraga.

“Coach Shupe’s background and skills make him the perfect addition to the Gael Family,” head coach Greg Moore says. “He not only played at a high level, he’s worked in business and as a successful coach. His communication skills are beyond his years. Coach Shupe is on his way to making an impact in any program. I’m glad he’s joining us to impact this team.”

Shupe’s most recent coaching stint came at his alma mater of Sonoma State University, where he spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons as the infield and third base coach. There, Shupe assisted with offense, recruiting, managing the baseball facility, camps, and social media. As a Sea Wolf, Shupe earned second-team All-CCAA honors and the Newcomer of the Year award in 2010 after hitting .351 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Shupe also serves on the California Collegiate League (CCL) board as a member of the Marketing and All-Star Game committee, a position he earned during his stint with the CCL’s Healdsburg Prune Packers, where he spent the 2019 season running their internship program and handling the team’s day-to-day operations. Continuing with his recent collegiate experience, Shupe served as a Northwest NTIS task force member for USA Baseball.

Shupe holds degrees from institutions all across the Bay Area, including an Associate in Arts from San Jose City College (2009), a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sonoma State (2011), and an MBA in Global Leadership and Management from Holy Names (2018).

 

DYLAN TASHJIAN | Volunteer Assistant Coach

 Dylan Tashjian is in his first season with the Gaels Baseball team and first as a volunteer assistant coach. Last season, with the CSUN Matadors his primary responsibilities included assisting with coordination of recruiting as well as offensive and outfield consulting, and coordinated the operations for the Matadors.

"The sacrifice Coach Tash makes to coach this team is movie-worthy," head coach Greg Moore mentioend about Tashjian. "Few people would make the decisions he would. He has the rare knack of being relatable to and respected by the players."

"During the time we as a staff have been here, I have noticed one thing that stands out from most college campuses I have been involved with: students, staff, and faculty are all working towards one goal in becoming better each day and finding your way to success," said Tashjian about his experience. "The entire campus and all working parts within the institution act as one of the largest support systems I have ever been apart of. People are here to help each other find the solution to having success."

Before coaching, Tashjian played collegiate baseball with Los Angeles Pierce College before transferring to Lewis-Clark State. Tashjian enjoyed an impressive two seasons with Pierce College from 2013-14. His freshman year, Tashjian played at second base and hit .322 at the plate as he received an all-conference first team honor following the campaign. A season later, making the move to center field, Tashjian earned a gold glove, received another first team all-conference selection and led Pierce College to the postseason. Leading one of the top offenses in team history, Tashjian hit .335 and led the conference in RBI and stolen bases. He was also selected to participate in the Southern Section All-Star Showcase for junior college sophomores.  After completing his time with Pierce College, Tashjian made the move to Lewis-Clark State. In his first season with the team, Tashjian hit a home run in his very first at-bat and hit .455 in 11 total at-bats before suffering a season-ending back injury. With Tashjian out of action, Lewis-Clark State went on to win its first national championship in eight years and its 17th in history. In 2016, Tashjian earned his way back into the lineup despite the limitations of his injury. Assisting the team in a variety of ways including pinch-hitting, Tashjian hit .420 and recorded two walk-off pinch-hits in the 2016 NAIA World Series. The two walk-off pinch hits matched a school record by his coach at Lewis-Clark State. He helped the Warriors win consecutive NAIA National Championships and the team's 18th title.

Tashjian earned his Bachelor's in Kinesiology in the fall of 2016 from Lewis-Clark State, with a focus in Sports Administration and Coaching. He also earned placement on the honor roll twice in 2015.  Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Tashjian, however, attended Palm Springs High School and earned his diploma in 2010.

 

JOSH NASHED | Pitching Coach

Josh Nashed was named the Gaels’ Pitching Coach in the summer of 2020.  Nashed served the 2020 season as Director of Player Development where he implemented pitching technology and oversaw data collection.

"Coach Nashed is one of the top young pitching minds in the country. He mixes personal work-ethic with an old-school understanding of how to compete. That combined with touch for technology and development makes the future bright for Gaels on the mound,” head coach Greg Moore says of Nashed.

During the shortened 2020 campaign, the pitching staff secured a 3.06 team ERA and ranked 7th and 24th in the country with 2.49 walks per 9 and a 1.11 WHIP, respectively.

Nashed joined the Gaels in September of 2019 after spending two seasons as a RHP with the Cleveland Indians organization. Nashed was Cleveland’s 19th round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft.

A San Jose State University graduate, Nashed played for three seasons as a Spartan and was the Opening Day starter in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Nashed also appeared in a combined 89 games in the field, starting 40 games as the designated hitter, 13 in right field, 9 in left field, 7 at third base, 5 at first base, along with 15 pinch hit appearances.

"Saint Mary’s College is an unbelievable place to grow as a student-athlete," Nashed said. "The safety and small town feel of Moraga, paired with our proximity to everything the Bay Area offers, makes Saint Mary’s a special place to develop.  Moraga is the best of both worlds for a Division 1 student-athlete."

Nashed received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was named a 3-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar national award recipient.

A San Jose, Calif. native, Nashed attended Leland High School and led the Chargers to a CCS Open Division Championship in his senior season.  In Leland’s 4 playoff games, Nashed collected 2 wins and 2 saves on the mound.  The two-way standout also hit .471 on the year while setting Leland’s single season hit record.  Following his senior campaign, Nashed was named the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year, BVAL Mount-Hamilton Division MVP, Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State, MaxPreps First Team All-State, and Santa Clara County Hot Stove Player of the Year.

Fun Fact about Coach Nashed:   Josh’s grandfather moved to the United States from Cairo, Egypt in the early 1950’s.  Josh is the only known player of Egyptian descent to play professional baseball outside of Pittsburgh Pirates 1982 1st rounder Sam Khalifa.