Jeff Calhoon joined the University of California San Diego baseball coaching staff as an assistant in August of 2015. The 2018 season is his second in the UC San Diego dugout. He directs the Triton catchers and is the first base coach, while assisting with recruiting, camps, field maintenance and operations. Calhoon coached third base through the early part of the 2016 campaign.
In 2017, UC San Diego posted a 44-19 overall record as NCAA Division II West Region champions and national runners-up. The finish matched the best in program history, while the 44 wins were second-most all-time.
In his first go-around in La Jolla in 2016, Calhoon mentored starting catcher Steven Coe to All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) honorable mention, as the then-redshirt sophomore broke the single-season program record for the Division II era by throwing out 19 would-be base-stealers, while improving his totals in virtually every offensive category. Back-up catcher Michael Palos was selected to the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) All-Star Game during the 2016 summer. Palos then earned a spot on the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a stellar showing en route to the finals in Grand Prairie, Texas.
On Dec. 3, 2016, Calhoon was chosen to be among the speakers at San Diego State as part of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Barnstormers 2016 West Coast Clinics, presenting a session on baserunning.
Calhoon is a fourth-year collegiate coach, having previously spent two seasons as an assistant at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he contributed to the two winningest seasons in program history. Calhoon was heavily involved in recruiting, camps, scouting and day-to-day operations for the Warriors.
During Calhoon's time at Westmont, he was a part of leading the team to back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances, a Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) championship, developed two All-GSAC catchers and one GSAC Gold Glove winner. Calhoon's catchers threw out 30 percent of runners over his two years at Westmont, while working with the two best statistical staffs in program history. Offensively, Calhoon worked with two of the top offenses in the history of the program setting multiple single-season records including, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI and total bases.
Over the two seasons, Westmont had 10 players named to All-GSAC teams, five NAIA All-Americans, and the GSAC Player of the Year. In that time, Calhoon coached five players who signed professional contracts, including four Major League Baseball draft picks. One was a Calhoon catcher, Brandon Gildea, who was selected in 2014 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
As a player, Calhoon started his career at Azusa Pacific University before transferring to Skagit Valley College for his freshman and sophomore season. At Skagit Valley, Calhoon split time as a freshman before becoming an all-conference catcher as a sophomore. Following Skagit Valley, Calhoon transferred to Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he started for two years. Calhoon received all-conference academic honors as a junior.
Calhoon graduated from Niagara in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. A native of Snohomish, Wash., he now resides in Clairemont Mesa.