Ken Jacome is in his 12th year at New Mexico, joining the staff in the summer of 2004. Prior to joining the Lobos, Jacome was the head coach at El Paso Community College for six seasons. When he first arrived in Albuquerque he handled the Lobo pitching staff before shifting to infield coach/recruiting coordinator following the 2008 season. He will return to pitching coach for the 2016 season.
Under his watch, recruiting efforts have brought numerous MLB draft picks and All-Americans to UNM in recent years, including DJ Peterson (three-time All-American, first-round draft pick), Mitch Garver (two-time All-American, ninth-round draft pick), Austin House (11th-round draft pick), Sam Wolff (sixth-round draft pick), Alex Real (24th-round draft pick), Chase Harris (14th-round draft pick) and Josh Walker (22nd-round draft pick and second winningest Lobo of all-time) among others.
Under Jacome, the Lobos' defense has recorded seven of the top 10 fielding percentage in school history, including a record .976 mark in 2009, which was also the first time the Lobos led the conference in fielding since the 2005 season. Outfielders Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Max Willett posted perfect fielding percentages and were the Lobos' top two fielders. In 2013, Chase Harris was perfect in the outfield in 138 chances, setting a new school record for most chances without an error -- breaking the record of 123 set by Willett in 2009. Last season the Lobos posted a .972 mark, which was the third highest in program history.
As pitching coach in 2008, Jacome guided the staff to an ERA of 5.67, the lowest at UNM since 1996. He placed a Lobo pitcher on the All-Mountain West team during each of his four seasons as pitching coach - Danny Ray Herrera (2005, 2006) and Bobby LaFromboise (2007). In 2008, LaFromboise and relief pitcher Clinton Cox garnered second team All-MW honors. In 2006, he guided Herrera to All-America status, marking just the second Lobo hurler in program history to earn that recognition. Herrera also was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Year that season. In June 2006, two of Jacome's starting pitchers, Herrera and Nate Melek, were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Two years later, starters LaFromboise and Stephen Smith moved up to the pros.
Jacome led the Tejanos at EPCC to three Western Junior College Athletic Conference titles (2001, 2002, 2004) and the 2002 NJCAA Region V Championship. He collected an impressive 207-122-2 record (.628) during his six years at the helm of the program, and was named the WJCAC Coach of the Year on four occasions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004). Jacome also earned NJCAA Region V Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
Prior to arriving at EPCC to become the head coach, Jacome was a volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona in 1997 and 1998. Jacome's first coaching experience came at Pueblo High School in Tucson, Ariz., where he was the head coach in 1995 and 1996. He was also the pitching coach for the USA Junior National Team that won the bronze medal in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in 2002. The team consisted of seven future first-round picks in the Major League Draft - Delmon Young (1st, 2003), Chris Lubanski (5th, 2003), Ian Stewart (10th, 2003), Lastings Milledge (12th, 2003), Jeff Allison (16th, 2003), Chad Billingsley (24th, 2003), and Ian Kennedy (21st, 2006).
Jacome graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education after playing two years of baseball for the Stars. Jacome, a pitcher, played baseball his freshman season at New Mexico State and his sophomore season at Scottsdale Community College. He received his master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University in 1997. Jacome, 44, and his wife Elizabeth, have three children, Jacob, 15, Isabella, 12, and Alexandra, 8.