ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Head coach Ray Birmingham and the University of New Mexico baseball program is pleased to announce the addition of Buddy Gouldsmith to its coaching staff. Ken Jacome will shift over to fill the vacant pitching coach role, which is a position he held at UNM for four seasons from 2005 to 2008, and Gouldsmith will be the third base coach and coach the infielders.
UNM’s former pitching coach, Dan Spencer, took a job at Washington State last month.
“We lost a class act in Dan, but we filled his position with a class act in Ken Jacome,” Birmingham said. “Both are outstanding coaches. Ken is a very good pitching coach with the same capabilities as any pitching coach in the country, and he’s going to prove that next year.
“Another good thing is we added someone with class in a veteran coach in Buddy Gouldsmith. Buddy’s resume speaks volumes about how good he is at doing what he does. And he’s a really good person. We lost a good coach, but we replaced him with a good coach, so nothing changes as we move forward and keep trying to get to Omaha.”
Gouldsmith, 47, spent the previous two years as an area supervisor in the Kansas City Royals organization. As a scout he was responsible for northern California and most of northern Nevada. Prior to that he spent three years as an assistant at the University of Nevada and nine years at UNLV, the last seven of which were as head coach.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity Coach Birmingham has given me at the University of New Mexico,” he said. “I’ve always admired him and the work he has done here. I have a working knowledge of the program from competing against them and can’t wait to get started.”
While with the Wolf Pack he helped guide them to an 81-88 record and the 2012 WAC Championship. He spent one season working with the infield, one season working with the outfield, and one season working with the catchers.
As head coach at UNLV, Gouldsmith compiled a 202-217 record from 2004 to 2010. He guided the Rebels to a pair of Mountain West Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005 as well as the regular-season championship in 2005 en route to MW Coach of the Year honors. As an assistant in 2003, he helped lead UNLV to a 47-17 record, both the Mountain West Tournament and regular-season and championships and the NCAA postseason.
Before his time at UNLV, Gouldsmith spent four seasons as third base coach and hitting instructor at Tulane University. He helped coach the Green Wave to four straight NCAA postseason berths, including the program’s first ever trip to the College World Series in 2001. Prior to his time at Tulane he was an assistant coach at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., from 1993 to 1997. He also spent four years as an associate scout in the San Francisco Giants organization.
During his career he has had 23 players selected in the MLB Draft, had 23 student-athletes named Mountain West Scholar Athletes, had 78 Academic All-Mountain West selections and coached two All-Americans. His teams have reached the NCAA postseason seven times.
Jacome, meanwhile, returns to familiar territory as pitching coach for the Lobos in his 12th season at UNM. In 2008 he led the staff to an ERA of 5.67, which was the lowest in 12 years for the Lobos. He placed at least one pitcher on the All-Mountain West Team in each of his four seasons as pitching coach: Danny Ray Herrera (2005, 2006), Bobby LaFromboise (2007, 2008) and Clinton Cox (2008). In 2006 Herrera become just the second Lobo pitcher ever named All-America. LaFromboise has spent time in the majors with both the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates, including a role in the 2014 postseason with the Pirates.