Fester Promoted to Full-Time Assistant Baseball Coach
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University Director of Athletics Alanna Shanahan announced today that Jonas Fester, an assistant coach with the Blue Jay baseball team for all but two years since graduating from the University in 2008, has been promoted into a newly-created full-time assistant coaching position.
The full-time position, the first in the history of the Johns Hopkins baseball program, was made possible through a campaign launched under the direction of Blue Jays Unlimited, the official fund-raising arm of Johns Hopkins Athletics. The initiative to create the position was supported by a number of former players and friends of the program and is the latest in a long line of enhancements to the program.
The addition of the position comes less than two years after the completion of Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium, which provides the Blue Jay baseball program with one of the top on-campus playing facilities in the nation.
Fester returned to Johns Hopkins as an assistant coach under the guidance of long-time coach Bob Babb in 2013 and, in a part-time role, has since helped the Blue Jays to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and one Centennial Conference title. He previously served as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins in 2009 and 2010, when Johns Hopkins won a pair of Centennial Conference championships and advanced to the College World Series (2010).
What They Are Saying
Bob Babb – Johns Hopkins Baseball Coach
“I am so pleased that we are able to offer Jonas a full-time position for the next three years as he is a tremendous young coach. Jonas is passionate about both baseball and Johns Hopkins. He is constantly exploring new baseball techniques and relaying these to our players, with whom he relates very well. Having been a former baseball player and Johns Hopkins student, he understands the stress and time-management skills required to be a student-athlete here at Hopkins. Our program will benefit greatly from having him here full time!”
Mike Mattia – Deputy Director of Athletics/Sport Administrator for Baseball
We can’t thank the baseball community enough for their generosity. Adding a full-time assistant coach to the baseball program just a few years after Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium came online shows the desire to keep improving our baseball program, which already has a long history of success. A full-time assistant coach provides a resource for our student-athletes that goes beyond coaching and teaching baseball skills. Jonas is an excellent example of the type of person coach Babb and our baseball program has produced; someone with a holistic approach to mentoring and teaching our student-athletes the Hopkins Athletics standards of excellence that they will carry forward after they graduate.
Dan Raedle ’97 – Former Johns Hopkins Baseball Player/Johns Hopkins Hall of Famer
“Anything which helps Coach Babb and the baseball program get back to the World Series, I’m happy to assist. I think Jonas will aid in these areas.”
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