J.T. Bloodworth was promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator of the University of California San Diego baseball program in July of 2014. He was in his fifth season with the Tritons in 2017, having joined the staff as a volunteer in September of 2012. In addition to overseeing the recruiting operation, Bloodworth is the hitting instructor, works with the infielders, and also coaches third base.
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. Since Bloodworth's arrival, the Tritons have gone 175-101 with three NCAA and four California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship berths, three trips to West Regional finals, one region title and one conference tourney crown.
Bloodworth continues to guide a stellar Triton defense that has ranked in the top 21 in Division II in fielding percentage at .970 or better in each of his five seasons, most recently ninth (.974) in 2017. The 2014 squad that went 38-16 overall and brought home the CCAA tournament banner, was fifth nationally in fielding (.974) and eighth in double plays turned (54). In 2013, UCSD was 11th with a .972 clip.
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.
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