After serving as an assistant and associate head coach at UTSA for 12 years, Jason Marshall just completed his first season as the head coach of the Roadrunners baseball program. Marshall was named the fourth skipper in UTSA baseball history on June 18, 2012.
In his first year at the helm, Marshall guided the Birds to a 35-25 overall record and their third appearance in an NCAA Regional after the club captured the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship. UTSA, which posted a perfect 4-0 record en route to the league title, was sent to the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional and took No. 3 national seed Oregon State to its last at-bat before the Beavers rallied for a 5-4 victory. The Roadrunners wrapped up their first postseason run in eight years the following day with a 6-1 loss to Texas A&M.
Three UTSA players — Daniel Rockett (ninth round/Kansas City Royals), Riley Good (14th round/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Clint Sharp (38th round/Angels) — were drafted after the campaign concluded, while right-handed pitcher Brock Hartson was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Third baseman RJ Perucki earned first-team all-league honors, while Good, Hartson and Rockett garnered second-team accolades.
In their first and only season in the WAC, the Roadrunners led the circuit with a .299 batting average and 629 hits. Perucki (.350/fifth) and Good (.335/ninth) both ranked among the top 10 batting averages in the league and the duo tied for second in the WAC with 84 hits apiece. Perucki also finished second in the circuit with 132 total bases and third with 12 home runs, while Rockett's .562 slugging percentage was good for third.
Marshall spent 12 years on the Roadrunners’ coaching staff before being promoted to head coach, including nine as the associate head coach from 2004-12.
The Abilene native was hired at UTSA prior to the 2001 season and spent three campaigns as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach. He served as both the infielders coach and recruiting coordinator while running the Roadrunners’ summer camps.
His efforts on the recruiting trails have resulted in a pair of All-Americans, six Freshman All-Americans, 59 all-conference performers (including 12 first teamers), the 2007 and ‘08 Southland regular season championships and 2005 Southland and 2013 WAC Tournament crowns.
Meanwhile, 29 UTSA players have gone on to play professionally, including 19 who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. In 2002, Mark Schramek became the first player in school history to be selected in the first round when he was the 40th overall selection by the Cincinnati Reds. Rockett became the second-highest pick in program history in June when he was taken by the Royals in the ninth round.
The Roadrunners have posted the top five fielding seasons under Marshall’s guidance, including a .965 fielding percentage in 2012, which is the second-best mark in school history. Eight years ago, UTSA led the Southland with a program-record .969 fielding percentage.
The Birds have set several individual team records during Marshall’s time in the Alamo City.
UTSA posted 15 offensive season marks in the program’s annals, including hits (661/2009), home runs (89/2009), runs batted in (419/2008) and doubles (134/2008). The Birds also have set five fielding records, including assists (688/2011) and double plays (61/2011).
Meanwhile, individuals have set offensive records in 14 season and 14 career categories over the last dozen seasons, including former Roadrunner Michael Rockett, who owns Southland career records with 940 at-bats, 337 hits, 210 RBIs and 537 total bases.
A standout performer at Texas A&M from 1989-92, he was named the Aggies’ Most Valuable Player after leading the team in games played (61), hits (66), runs scored (35) and RBIs (40) as a senior.
Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Royals in the 13th round of the 1992 MLB Draft. Marshall went on to play four seasons in the Royals organization before finishing his professional career in 1995.
He then entered the coaching ranks as a student assistant at his alma mater in 1996 and was a member of Texas A&M’s staff for two seasons. In summer 1997, Marshall coached with the Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
The following fall, he was hired as the assistant in charge of defense and recruiting at McMurry University. Marshall helped lead the Indians to postseason play in two of his three seasons and, in 1998, McMurry won the American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships.
He currently serves on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Lefty Gomez Award committee and, in 2001, he was invited to speak at the group’s annual convention on the subject of infield play. He was a keynote speaker again in 2009, this time on coaching ethics. He also was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for community service in 1993 and ‘94 while playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Class A affiliate of the Royals.
Marshall, who earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 1996. His wife, Ashleigh, have two sons, Cooper and Jackson, and a daughter, Kate.
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