Jim Blair just finished his first season as UTSA's associate head coach, and sixth overall, after serving as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners from 2002-06. Head coach Jason Marshall announced the return of Blair, who leads UTSA's offense, to his inaugural coaching staff in July 2012.
The Roadrunners, who registered their most successful season since 2008, posted a 35-25 overall record last year and advanced to the program's third NCAA Regional after winning the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship.
Blair led UTSA's potent offensive attack, as the Birds paced the WAC with a .299 batting average and 629 hits. RJ Perucki (.350/fifth) and Riley Good (.335/ninth) both ranked among the top 10 in batting averages in the league and the duo tied for second in the circuit with 84 hits apiece. Perucki, who earned first-team All-WAC accolades, also finished second in the conference with 132 total bases and third with 12 home runs, while Daniel Rockett, who was a second-team honoree, slugged .562 and finished third.
Rockett also became the Roadrunners' second-highest draft pick ever after being selected in the ninth round by the Kansas City Royals during last summer's Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. Additionally, Good, who also was a second-team All-WAC pick, was a 14th-round selection of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Blair returned to UTSA after spending 2012 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Dallas Baptist. He helped the Patriots to a 41-19 record and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Waco Regional.
Prior to his stint at DBU, Blair was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under legendary coach Mark Johnson at Sam Houston State for five seasons from 2007-11. While in Huntsville, he helped the Bearkats to three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (2007-09) and tutored a pair of All-Americans (Bobby Verbick 2007/Todd Sebek 2008). Blair’s responsibilities included mentoring the offense, which set 19 school records during his tenure. As the recruiting coordinator, he signed 14 players to National Letters of Intent that were either drafted or signed with MLB organizations and coached 11 All-Southland Conference honorees.
Blair spent the previous five campaigns as an assistant at UTSA from 2002-06. While in the Alamo City, he served as the hitting coach and helped the Roadrunners earn a berth in the 2005 NCAA Waco Regional. He tutored 2002 All-American Mark Schramek, who also was the first player in program history to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft when he was the 40th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds that season. The Roadrunners were one of the top offensive teams in the Southland, hitting a league-best 55 home runs in 2004 and program-record 30 triples the following year.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Blair was a three-year starter in the outfield for Steve Smith at Baylor. He twice earned All-Big 12 laurels and still holds the program record with a 31-game hitting streak. Blair led the Bears with a .376 batting average in 1997 and signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998.
Blair graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in education with emphasis in health and human performance. He is married to the former Pamela Ann Maiden and they have three sons, Carson, Andrew and Reid.