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Ruben  Noriega

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Lindenwood, 2009

3rd Season

Ruben Noriega enters his third season as assistant coach with the Bears. Noriega's duties will include working with the catchers, coaching first base, assisting with the hitters and serving as Baylor Baseball Camp Director.

Noriega spent the 2015 season at Western Oregon University, where he helped lead the Wolves to their 15th straight conference championship. While at WOU, Noriega's duties included coaching the outfielders, base running, assisting with the offense and assisting with recruiting.

In the summer of 2014, Noriega served as the field manager for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League. With the Rafters, Noriega coached two Rawlings Big Stick Award winners and one Finest in the Field award winner.

Prior to WOU, Noriega served an assistant baseball coach at California for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. While at Cal, Noriega worked with the outfielders, coached first base, assisted with the infielders, assisted with the catchers and served as camp director.

Before going to Cal, Noriega spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. While at SJSU, the baseball program reached an all-time APR (Academic Progress Rate) high (982).

Additionally, Noriega spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo. With the Lions, Noriega served as hitting coach and outfield coach, oversaw the strength and conditioning program and assisted with recruiting. During Noriega's first year as hitting coach at Lindenwood (NAIA) in 2010, the Lions had a team batting average of .323 and an on-base percentage of .421. The team totaled 91 doubles and 42 home runs while outscoring their opponents 390-236. The Lindenwood offense had six all-conference selections and finished with a 41-15 record and a Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) championship. In 2011, Lindenwood posted several top-30 national marks, including team batting average (.325, 26th), hits (529, 19th), doubles (119, sixth), RBI (315, 27th) and runs scored (348, 30th). The Lions also had the conference player of the year and four all-conference selections.

From 2009-2011, Noriega coached for the East Los Angeles Dodgers Organization, which competes in three summer collegiate leagues, including the Western Baseball Association (three-time league champions 2009, 2010, and 2011), the Southern California Collegiate League and the Orange County Collegiate League.

A player himself, Noriega played for Los Angeles Harbor College in 2007, when he helped the Seahawks to a 32-20 record and 5th place finish in the California State playoffs. In 2008, Noriega joined Lindenwood as a junior outfielder. He contributed to back-to-back HAAC championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Noriega played in 39 games for the Lions and hit .324 with a .471 OBP.

Prior to attending Lindenwood, Noriega received his associate's degree from Los Angeles Harbor College in 2007, his bachelor's in educational studies from Lindenwood in 2009 and his master's in education emphasis in strength and conditioning from Lindenwood in 2011. Noriega and his wife, Mckenzie, have two sons, Nash and Knox, and a dog named SJ. They reside in Robinson, Texas.

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