Sept. 15, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University head baseball coach Fritz Hamburg has added Jake Gill as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Gill's primary responsibilities will include recruiting and camp coordination as well as working with the hitters and infielders.
Gill comes to Hawk Hill after three years at the University of Evansville, the final two of which he served as the recruiting coordinator. In his first year in that capacity, Gill helped the Aces land a recruiting class that ranked fourth in the Upper Midwest by Baseball America. On the field, Gill assisted with hitting instruction, and spent one season each working with the infielders, outfielders, and catchers. In his first season at UE, the team finished 12th in the nation in fielding percentage. In that same season, UE won its first ever Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, finishing the year ranked 19th in the country by Baseball America.
Prior to his stint at UE, Gill served as an Associate Scout for the Kansas City Royals in 2005. While with the Royals, Gill identified potential professional prospects in and around the Chicago area, and reported player information and evaluations to the Royals' area supervisor.
Gill got his start in professional baseball as a Baseball Operations Intern with the Cleveland Indians during the 2003 season. He performed financial and statistical research for the Indians' baseball operations staff, while assisting the Scouting Department in preparation for the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
At the college level, Gill served as a student manager at Stanford University from 1996 through 2000. While at Stanford, Gill was a part of a Cardinal program that won four conference championships and made three College World Series appearances. He served as Stanford's bullpen catcher, working with seven future Major League pitchers. Gill graduated from Stanford in 2000 with a BA in economics.