Staff
Head Baseball Coach
Jeff Calhoon

Biola Athletics announced Jeff Calhoon as its 11th head baseball coach in July 2019. He comes to Biola after spending last season as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Point Loma.

"We are thrilled to have Jeff Calhoon as the next leader for this Biola Baseball program," said Associate Athletic Director Eddie Shepard. "He brings with him a fire for coaching and mentoring young men, and he's been groomed for this position with years of experience as an assistant coach in some very successful programs."

Prior to his year at Point Loma, Calhoon was an assistant coach at UC San Diego for three seasons and Westmont College the two years before that. Calhoon's teams went 232-114 over his six years as an assistant coach. In his four years with NCAA Division II programs, the teams made NCAA postseason three times, including twice advancing to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. Both of his seasons at Westmont he helped the Warriors to NAIA postseason berths, including a 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championship.

"First, I want to thank Dr. Miller and Eddie Shepard for the opportunity they have given to me to take over the baseball program at Biola," said Calhoon. "Biola Baseball has a great history of developing men in every aspect of their lives and having success on and off the field. This is an opportunity that excites and allows me to come to work every day with a team and athletic department that is ready to take the next step in their commitment to success."

Calhoon played his college ball at NCAA Division I Niagara University. He was a catcher for the Purple Eagles, appearing in 59 games over his two seasons with the program. Prior to his time at Niagara he was an all-conference player at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. He's originally from Snohomish, Washington.

As an assistant coach Calhoon worked with a lot with the catchers on his teams, grooming at least one of his catchers to all-conference honors in each of the last three seasons.

On Dec. 3, 2016, Calhoon was chosen to be among the speakers at San Diego State as part of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Barnstormers 2016 West Coast Clinics, presenting a session on base running. He's also presented on catching at the same clinic. In 2019 he was invited to speak on catching at the ABCA national coaches convention.

Calhoon's time at Point Loma and Westmont prepare him well for taking the reigns of a competitive baseball program at a faith-based institution. And he received numerous endorsements and votes of confidence from several well-respected men in the college baseball coaching community:

“It has been apparent over the past six years while recruiting alongside, working camp, and sharing ideas with Jeff Calhoon that he is a rising star in the baseball world," said Andrew Bartman, Director of Coaching Development USA Baseball. "His technical acumen when it comes to baseball is extremely sound, especially with hitters and catchers. However, it is his ability to relate to colleagues while sharing his true self and faith with others that makes him shine. Biola University knocked it out of the park with this hire and Jeff Calhoon will be extremely successful on the field, but more importantly, in leading men of faith.”

"“Winning and player development have seemed to follow Jeff around and it is apparent after you spend time with him that he played a central role in that," said Jeremy Sheetinger, former Assistant Executive Director for the American Baseball Coaches Association and current Head Coach at Georgia Gwinnett College. "His dedication to learning, his insatiable drive on the recruiting trails, and his unique ability to get the most from his players makes Biola a program to watch under his guidance and leadership.”

Calhoon earned a B.S. in communication studies while playing at Niagara and then went on to attain an M.A. in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia Irvine.

"Coach Calhoon really understands baseball, and he understands how to help his players reach their full potential," said Shepard. "This is evidenced by all the awards his catchers have won and the double-digit numbers of MLB draft picks coming from his previous stops. We look forward to him helping Biola Baseball reach new heights."

Asst. Baseball Coach
CJ Baker

CJ Baker joins the baseball coaching staff ahead of the 2020 as the Eagles' hitting coach and will assist Coach Calhoon in recruiting after working as an assistant coach at Bucknell University for two and a half years. Baker served as the Bisons' third base coach and worked with hitters.

Baker was also an assistant coach at NCAA D-II Lock Haven University in 2017 when the Bald Eagles set a program record with 32 wins, won their first playoff game since 1988 and was ranked as high as No. 3 in their regional poll. Baker also served as a graduate assistant at Seattle University, where he assisted with day-to-day operations, conducted individual drills and operated the team's social media accounts.

Baker, a Washington native, played his junior college baseball in the NWAC conference similar to Calhoon and Boone. He finished his playing career at Simpson University and graduated with a Master's degree from the University of Washington in 2016.

Asst. Baseball Coach
Ben Cordy

Ben Cordy steps in as Biola's pitching coach ahead of the 2020 season after assisting at UC Davis for four seasons. Coach Cordy will also coordinate the team's video operations and oversee the Eagles' camp program.

During his first three years with the Aggies, Cordy's team manager role had him primarily focusing on the team's outfielders and offense. The Aggies set a program record for fewest errors in a season by outfielders with five in both 2017 & 2018. He transitioned to working with UC Davis' pitchers for the 2019 season as the Aggies lowered their home runs allowed by 13 compared to the 2018 season while also lowering batting average against.

Cordy played his college ball at CCCBCA powerhouse Sacramento City College before transferring to UC Davis to finish his career. A native of Sacramento, Cordy graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in education and psychology in 2015.

Asst. Baseball Coach
Bob Batesole

Bob Batesole reunites with Calhoon after the two coached together at Westmont College. Batesole joined Biola Baseball after three years as an assistant coach at USC and will work with the Eagles position players while he helps Calhoon prepare scouting reports of opponents.

Prior to working with the outfielders and coaching first base with the Trojans, Coach Batesole had winning stints at Orange Coast College (2010-2013), Westmont College (2014-2015), and Chapman College (2016).

Infielder development was also included among Batesole's list of duties at Westmont and Chapman. Westmont went 80-36 in the two years Batesole served in the program, won a GSAC tournament championship in 2014 and qualified for the NAIA Opening Round in both seasons. The Warriors also posted the second-best fielding percentage in the NAIA in 2015 while earning two gold glove winners. At Chapman, three of Coach Batesole's infielders earned All-Conference honors in 2016 while the Panthers went 26-16.

As a player, Batesole played four years at USC from 1980-83 and was a team captain for two years. He set the all-time hits and total bases record by the time he graduated and also earned two gold medals while playing for Team USA.

Asst. Baseball Coach
Sam Boone

Sam Boone will coach Biola pitchers alongside Ben Cordy after just completing his collegiate baseball career at Marshall University.

Boone pitched four seasons as a reliever in NCAA Division I programs on both coasts, spending his freshman year at Washington State before eventually transferring to Marshall for his final three seasons of eligibility. Boone is originally from Shoreline, Wasington and will also coordinate youth baseball camps at Eagles Diamond.

Biola Athletics announced Jeff Calhoon as its 11th head baseball coach in July 2019. He comes to Biola after spending last season as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Point Loma.

"We are thrilled to have Jeff Calhoon as the next leader for this Biola Baseball program," said Associate Athletic Director Eddie Shepard. "He brings with him a fire for coaching and mentoring young men, and he's been groomed for this position with years of experience as an assistant coach in some very successful programs."

Prior to his year at Point Loma, Calhoon was an assistant coach at UC San Diego for three seasons and Westmont College the two years before that. Calhoon's teams went 232-114 over his six years as an assistant coach. In his four years with NCAA Division II programs, the teams made NCAA postseason three times, including twice advancing to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. Both of his seasons at Westmont he helped the Warriors to NAIA postseason berths, including a 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championship.

"First, I want to thank Dr. Miller and Eddie Shepard for the opportunity they have given to me to take over the baseball program at Biola," said Calhoon. "Biola Baseball has a great history of developing men in every aspect of their lives and having success on and off the field. This is an opportunity that excites and allows me to come to work every day with a team and athletic department that is ready to take the next step in their commitment to success."

Calhoon played his college ball at NCAA Division I Niagara University. He was a catcher for the Purple Eagles, appearing in 59 games over his two seasons with the program. Prior to his time at Niagara he was an all-conference player at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. He's originally from Snohomish, Washington.

As an assistant coach Calhoon worked with a lot with the catchers on his teams, grooming at least one of his catchers to all-conference honors in each of the last three seasons. 

On Dec. 3, 2016, Calhoon was chosen to be among the speakers at San Diego State as part of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Barnstormers 2016 West Coast Clinics, presenting a session on base running. He's also presented on catching at the same clinic. In 2019 he was invited to speak on catching at the ABCA national coaches convention.

Calhoon's time at Point Loma and Westmont prepare him well for taking the reigns of a competitive baseball program at a faith-based institution. And he received numerous endorsements and votes of confidence from several well-respected men in the college baseball coaching community: 

“It has been apparent over the past six years while recruiting alongside, working camp, and sharing ideas with Jeff Calhoon that he is a rising star in the baseball world," said Andrew Bartman, Director of Coaching Development USA Baseball. "His technical acumen when it comes to baseball is extremely sound, especially with hitters and catchers.  However, it is his ability to relate to colleagues while sharing his true self and faith with others that makes him shine. Biola University knocked it out of the park with this hire and Jeff Calhoon will be extremely successful on the field, but more importantly, in leading men of faith.”

"“Winning and player development have seemed to follow Jeff around and it is apparent after you spend time with him that he played a central role in that," said Jeremy Sheetinger, former Assistant Executive Director for the American Baseball Coaches Association and current Head Coach at Georgia Gwinnett College. "His dedication to learning, his insatiable drive on the recruiting trails, and his unique ability to get the most from his players makes Biola a program to watch under his guidance and leadership.”

Calhoon earned a B.S. in communication studies while playing at Niagara and then went on to attain an M.A. in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia Irvine. 

"Coach Calhoon really understands baseball, and he understands how to help his players reach their full potential," said Shepard. "This is evidenced by all the awards his catchers have won and the double-digit numbers of MLB draft picks coming from his previous stops. We look forward to him helping Biola Baseball reach new heights."