Josh Morton, a Fair Oaks native, returns for his 11th year as the pitching coach at Sierra College under Head Coach Rob Willson after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Placer High School in Auburn from 2011-2013. He also served as the pitching coach on the Sierra College staff from 2003-2010 (2008 State Champions). Besides working with the pitchers, his duties include recruiting and working camps and clinics.
While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly from 1997-2001, Josh was a standout left-handed pitcher for the Mustangs, setting the school career record for appearances at 87. With that mark he is also in the Top 10 for career appearances in Big West Conference history. After graduating, Josh played in the Canadian Professional Baseball League, where he was the closer for the Kelowna Heat in British Columbia.
Josh is a proud 1996 graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks. His most memorable event was helping to lead the Cougars to a 1995 Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 Championship. Josh was a three-year letterman in baseball and football, earning All-League and All-Metro honors, and was elected to the Optimist Game in both sports. Josh was the M.V.P. of the Capital Athletic League in 1996 before heading off to San Luis Obispo.
Josh’s coaching credentials include serving as the pitching coach at Del Campo High School in 2002 and helping the Cougars to a Capital Athletic League title. In the summer of 2002, Josh coached the Kelowna Falcons of the Pacific International League, compiled of college baseball players from all over the United States and Canada. In the summer of 2004, Josh served as the head coach of the National Baseball Institute, finishing with a 23-5 record and earning second place in the Sacramento Semi-professional Baseball League. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, Josh coached the EDH Vipers, an elite group of local talented high school players along with former Sierra College assistant coaches Ryan Evangelho and Tom Nilles. While coaching the Vipers, Josh also got the opportunity to coach his younger brother Jake, who graduated from Jesuit High School in 2007 and pitched on the Wolverine staff in 2009 and 2010. Josh served as an assistant coach in the summer of 2009 for Auburn Legion.
Since 2010 Josh has been heavily involved in the Golden Spikes Baseball Academy in Loomis, ages 8-18, where he coaches many of the GS teams in games and tournaments. Josh also helps run practices, classes, workouts, and does lessons at their new 7000 square foot indoor facility.
Josh resides in Auburn along with his wife Kim, their two dogs, Hank and Bocephus.