J.T. Bloodworth is in his second season as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego baseball program in 2014. He was named to the position in September of 2012.
Bloodworth's responsibilities include working with the Triton defense and infielders, while also assisting with recruiting.
In 2013, UCSD was ranked in the top 10 nationally in the NCAA Division II with a .972 fielding percentage (1271-500-51).
Leading up to his arrival in La Jolla, Bloodworth was the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, for the 2012 season. In that same year, he also served as an instructor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., developing high school players from around the country.
From 2008 through 2011, Bloodworth was at New Mexico State University, where he assisted with recruiting and served as the defensive coach alongside Hall of Famer Gary Ward. In his first season in Las Cruces, N.M., in 2009, Bloodworth had an immediate impact on the Aggie defense, which broke two school records with 701 assists and 69 double plays (ranked seventh nationally). NMSU also matched the program standard for fielding percentage at .968, committing only 76 errors, a dramatic improvement over a .942 clip and 138 errors the season before. The Aggies won 44 games in 2009, another school record.
Bloodworth started his collegiate playing career in 2004 for Andy Lopez at the University of Arizona. After transferring to Dallas Baptist University, he played under then-Patriot head coach and current Triton head coach Eric Newman (2005-07), and Dan Heefner (2008). Bloodworth was named to the 2007 NCAA Division I All-Independent Team, and in 2008, helped DBU to a 37-19 record and a first-ever NCAA Regional berth.
Bloodworth's playing experience also included four seasons of summer ball in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (2008), the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League (2007) and the Texas Collegiate League (2005, 2006). He received training from defense/infield guru Perry Hill, an 18-year coaching veteran of Major League Baseball.
Bloodworth attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, where he played three years of varsity baseball, earning the team's Defensive MVP award each year.
Bloodworth graduated from Dallas Baptist in the spring of 2009 with a sport management degree. In 2010, he received his Master of Arts in sport management.
A Dallas native, Bloodworth now resides in La Jolla.