Scott Shepperd is in his first season as an assistant coach after joining the UTSA baseball coaching staff in July 2019. He will serve as the pitching coach.
“Scott and I have worked together for seven years now,” Hallmark said. “He’s loyal and consistent. With Scott on staff, our pitching development process will be smoother and the learning curve shortened.”
Shepperd served as the pitching coach for Hallmark at Incarnate Word the previous two seasons. Under his tutelage, the Cardinals pitching staff lowered the team’s ERA by more than three runs per game. Prior to Shepperd’s arrival, the Cardinals finished with a mark of 20-36 record, allowing 7.41 earned runs per contest in 2017. In 2018, the pitching staff registered a 4.82 ERA with 403 strikeouts and the team finished 28-26. Last season, the Cardinals finished 37-22 with a 4.14 staff ERA and fanning 469 batters.
“I am so grateful to Coach Hallmark and Dr. Lisa Campos for the opportunity to coach here at UTSA,” Shepperd said. “I believe that the baseball program here has great potential for growth and I think we can get it moving pretty quick.”
“I am anxious to get to go to work with our student-athletes. They all seem excited and ready to get rolling. The fall can’t get here soon enough,” Shepperd said.
Shepperd coached at Rice, Concordia (Texas) and Sam Houston State before joining Hallmark's staff at UIW.
As an assistant with Rice from 2013-17, Shepperd worked with hitters, outfielders and catchers while working as the administrator of the Owls’ Youth Baseball Camps.
Shepperd previously served five seasons as a hitting coach at his alma mater, Concordia University. In 2012, he assisted the Tornados to a second-consecutive American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA West Regional appearance with a 37-11 mark, which established a school record for wins in the program’s NCAA Division III era.
Postseason accolades included All-American Southwest Conference honors for the starting catcher and all four starting infielders, while the staff earned the American Southwest Conference West Division Coaching Staff of the Year.
During the 2007-08 academic year as an assistant at Sam Houston State, Shepperd worked with infielders, catchers and hitters. The Bearkats earned an NCAA Regional appearance after claiming the Southland Conference Championship.
After a storied playing career at Concordia from 2003-06, Shepperd started coaching as a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater. He served as the first base coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant hitting coach during the 2007 season.
In 2007 and 2008 he also was an assistant on the Anchorage Bucs staff of the Alaska Summer Baseball League.
Shepperd was a four-year letter winner as a catcher with the Tornados from 2003-06, helping his team qualify for the American Southwest Conference Tournament all four seasons. The Tornados posted a 103-62 record and were co-West Division regular-season champions in 2004 during his playing career.
Shepperd earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Concordia.
Ryan Aguayo is in his first year as an assistant baseball coach after joining the UTSA baseball coaching staff in July 2019. He will coordinate the offense and work with the defense.
“I am excited Ryan has joined our staff at UTSA,” Hallmark said. “His hard work in recruiting is second to none and his ability to coach hitters is evident in our offense leading the conference in just about everything last season.”
Prior to UTSA, Aguayo served as an assistant coach at Incarnate Word from 2015-19, including the previous two with Hallmark, primarily as the hitting coach. He also worked with the infielders and recruiting. Under his guidance, three players earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors over the last two seasons.
Outfielder Ridge Rogers earned a spot on the team after the 2018 campaign, after posting a .350 (72-for-206), with 34 runs scored and driving in 34 runs. Catcher Taylor Smith hit .322 (49-for-208), including 11 doubles, five home runs and four triples with 42 runs scored and 35 RBIs, securing his spot on the 2019 team. Third baseman Antonio Valdez was named to the 2019 squad after posting a .302 average (65-for-215), including 14 doubles, six triples and four home runs, scoring 52 runs and driving in 31.
“I am blessed to be given this opportunity by head coach Pat Hallmark and Dr. Lisa Campos,” Aguayo said. “I am excited to start a new challenge here at UTSA. We as a staff are ready to get to work with our student-athletes.
“There is a lot of hard work to be done and we believe the ceiling is high for this baseball program. The city of San Antonio, faculty, staff and our fans should be excited for what’s to come.”
In Aguayo’s first season with the Cardinals, the defense posted the third-highest fielding percentage in school history, while the offense’s batting average and slugging percentage improved from the previous campaign. In 2019 UIW established a Division I era school record’s in defense and batting average. The Cardinals committed just 50 errors in 2,209 chances and posted a .305 (622-for-2,038) team batting average with 64 home runs in 59 games. They led the Southland Conference in all three categories, ranking 14thin the nation in batting average, 31stin fielding percentage and 47thin home runs.
Aguayo served as an assistant on the Cuesta College staff in 2013-14, which claimed consecutive conference championships and the school’s 18thand 19thpostseason berths in a row. More than a dozen players advanced to play for major college programs.
He served as the associate head coach from 2011-14 with the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate Summer League helping guide the team to back-to-back CCL championships in 2011 and 2012. Aguayo played for the Blues from 2008-10 and was named to the All-CCL team twice.
Aguayo began his collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton before transferring to Cuesta College where he assisted the Cougars to a 24-14 record and a Western State Conference Championship title in 2009. He hit .401 with an on-base percentage of .470, scoring 57 runs and driving in 56. His list of postseason awards included, All-Southern California First Team, all-state honors, Western State Conference Player of the Year and his team’s Most Valuable Player.
After a successful 2009 season, he transferred to New Mexico State and played 118 games in two seasons, compiling a .351 average (156-for-445), with 44 doubles and 17 home runs. He scored 124 runs and registered 125 RBIs. As a junior, he garnered All-WAC honors and was a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award – given annually to the nation’s top shortstop - after recording 92 hits, including 14 doubles and 12 long balls and scoring 76 runs. He earned All-WAC academic honors in 2010 and graduated from New Mexico State with a bachelor’s degree of individualized studies with a minor in business associates, marketing and management.
In high school, Aguayo played shortstop and second base for the Servite Friars in Anaheim, California. He was a two-time all-league honoree and was the 2006 Orange County All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. During his senior campaign, he helped lead the Friars to an 18-7 mark, capturing the league championship. He played on the USA Youth National team in 2004 and was a selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2006 Amateur Draft.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Zach Luevanos is in his first year after joining the UTSA baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in July 2019.
Luevanos spent the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant for Hallmark at Incarnate Word. His responsibilities included camp coordinator, as well as, working with the hitters, catchers and outfielders.
“I am extremely grateful to coach Hallmark and Dr. Lisa Campos for the opportunity to coach at UTSA,” Luevanos said. “I am looking forward to working hard for coach Hallmark and this organization. It is going to be an exciting year for Roadrunner baseball.”
During his time with the Cardinals, Luevanos worked with three players that earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors over the last two seasons.
Outfielder Ridge Rogers earned a spot on the team after the 2018 campaign, after posting a .350 (72-for-206), with 34 runs scored and driving in 34 runs. Catcher Taylor Smith hit .322 (49-for-208), including 16 home runs, 11 doubles and four triples with 42 runs scored and 35 RBIs, securing his spot on the 2019 team. Third baseman Antonio Valdez was named to the 2019 squad after posting a .302 average (65-for-215), including 14 doubles, six triples and four home runs, scoring 52 runs and driving in 31.
Luevanos served as an assistant coach at Our Lady of the Lake in 2017, working with the offense and catchers.
He served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Lamar, in 2013 before turning his focus to management and training. Luevanos served as the Director of Baseball Operations for two baseball training facilities in Beaumont, Texas from 2014-2016.
The two-time All-South Texas and one-time All-State performer at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas hit .448 as a senior and .420 as a junior. Luevanos began his collegiate career at Seminole State and earned All-Region honors both seasons. As a red-shirt freshman in 2010, he registered .387 batting average with 13 doubles and 12 home runs, scoring 24 runs and driving in 41. In 2011, he posted a .343 batting average with 17 doubles and five home runs, with 40 runs scored and 52 RBIs.
Luevanos transferred to Lamar for his final two seasons, where he was a .264 (62-for-235) hitter, with 21 runs scored and 36 RBIs. As a senior, he garnered All-Southland Conference honors after posting a .267 (40-for-150) average, with seven doubles, 14 runs scored and 22 RBIs in 48 games.
His cousins, Tony and Rudy Jaramillo, are former MLB hitting coaches.