Volunteer Assistant Coach
University of Houston (2006)
A former catcher at San Jacinto College (1999-2000), Kory Koehler is now entering his 18th season with the team. As a player, Koehler was fortunate enough to play in two JUCO World Series, and during his time as a coach, the team has made 12 trips to Grand Junction. Obviously, Koehler appreciates the success he’s been a part of as a coach. Winning at a consistent level certainly involves having talented players and crafted coaches, but Koehler has seen San Jacinto College go the extra step.
“For me, each year is a new start. I’ve been very fortunate in my time here at San Jac. This is my alma mater and it means the world to me to continue to be a part of such a wonderful program. The 2016 season was incredible and had a roster of amazing young men. I look forward to another fantastic run in 2017 and I believe this year’s team has as good a chance as any in years past to bring that elusive sixth National Championship back to San Jac. Unfortunately, I have been on the losing end of six championship games, but I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world. With that said, I would love to see our young men get to experience that moment after winning the final game of the season in Grand Junction, Colorado. Experiencing that moment is something we work so very hard for and we look forward to each and every year and I hope one day to experience that with Head Coach Tom Arrington, fellow coaches and staff, and most importantly our student-athletes.”
The 37-year-old Koehler, originally from North Bay, New York, graduated from the University of Houston in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science, and in 2008 with a Master of Education in Physical Education. In the summer of 2015, Kory led the Houston Collegiate League Gators to a league championship.
“Kory is an outstanding coach and an even better person that has a deep seeded passion for the development of players and for the success of the San Jac baseball program,” said Head Coach Tom Arrington. “He possesses a tireless commitment toward San Jacinto College baseball and the pursuit of a national championship. Over the last 17 years of our friendship and work together at San Jac, Kory has continued to take on additional responsibilities in his development. While he is in charge of recruiting, hitting and offensive planning and development of the team, he has also done a tremendous job in our community outreach.”
In addition to his duties with the San Jacinto College baseball team, Kory is the physical education lead faculty and wellness director on the San Jacinto College North Campus. He and his wife, Erika, were married in November 2006. The couple has a son Keaton Jax (5), and welcomed their second child, Kason Jett, in March 2015.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
University of Houston (2008)
Eric Weaver joined the San Jacinto College baseball coaching staff in the Fall of 2014 and hit the ground running. Among his duties at San Jac are pitching and infield coaching, and assisting with player recruitment. He also serves as the baseball facility coordinator. Weaver was a standout college pitcher and successful college coach, bringing with him talents and strengths that help the San Jacinto College baseball team.
“Since Eric joined the program, we have made two consecutive trips to the JUCO World Series,” said Head Coach Tom Arrington. “Eric works closely with Kory in the recruitment of prospective players within the state and region. He has a strong contact base of local high school coaches, professional scouts and player agents to draw upon in the search process. Weaver will also work closely with myself and Volunteer Assistant Coach Woody Williams in the development and planning of the pitching staff.”
In addition to coaching the team on the field, Weaver is also the academic coordinator of student-athletes at the North Campus. In this role he assesses each student-athlete’s course load, assists in preparing class schedules, develops transfer plans and coordinates a smooth and clean transition to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) institutions.
Weaver graduated from Deer Park High School in 2003, where he was a two- sport standout, earning all-District honors in baseball and football. He went on to be a starting pitcher at Alvin Community College, and was voted to the Texas / New Mexico JUCO All-Star game after his freshman year. He was the team’s most valuable player in 2006, earning all-Conference recognition.
Weaver continued his academics and baseball at Texas State University, where he was ranked the fifth most effective pitcher in the Southland Conference in 2007, posting a 6-1 record in 30 appearances. That season, Weaver had five saves with a 2.23 ERA, allowing 33 hits and seven walks, with 33 strikeouts and a .212 opponents’ batting average. He saw limited action in his senior year due to a shoulder injury.
Weaver returned to Alvin Community College to serve as its infield coach and recruiting coordinator from 2011 to 2014. During that time, the Alvin baseball team won the South Zone Championship in 2014, and was ranked third in the nation in the Perfect Game poll, the highest national ranking in the college’s history. In 2014, Weaver served as an assistant coach in the Karl Young Collegiate League, a Houston-area summer league. He went on to serve as head coach in 2015, and did so again in 2016.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Texas State University. Weaver and his wife, Kassi, were married in 2012. The couple have a son, Easton, born in September 2015. The family resides in Deer Park.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Missouri Valley College (1995)
Jason Krug is in his ninth season with the San Jacinto College baseball coaching staff. Prior to joining the San Jacinto College program, he spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette where he assisted in the coaching of the middle infielders and hitters. In 2007, the Ragin Cajuns won the Sun Belt Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA regional tournament.
“As first base coach, Jason works closely with Kory in the development and planning of the offensive approach of the team, but he is also in charge of the outfielder’s development, base-running and the team’s strength and nutrition programs,” said Head Coach Tom Arrington. “Jason is very positive and has an enthusiastic approach to his education of the players.”
In December 2007, Krug was named head coach of the Edenton (N.C.) Steamers in the Coastal Plains Summer Collegiate League. During the summer of 2008, the Steamers won the first-half divisional championship with an overall record of 20-7. For his efforts, he was named one of the head coaches for the 2008 Coastal Plains League All-Star game.
Krug has also held coaching positions as an assistant coach at Southwestern University, where he was the hitting coach. He worked as an instructor and coach for the Austin Wings, serving as the head coach for the 17-under premier showcase team. Other coaching stints include the 2000 AAU national finalist team and the 2001 Connie Mack state champions.
In 2006, Krug led the Wings to the 17-and-under Premier National Championship. Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Krug spent nine years teaching and coaching at the high school level. The 43-year old holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Missouri Valley College, where he was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football.
When not assisting Tom Arrington and the Gators, Jason is leading as the president of Baseball USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to young baseball and softball players.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alvin Community College (1986)
Woody Williams may be in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the San Jacinto College baseball program, but he is no stranger to the game of baseball at any level. Williams played at Wharton County Junior College, Alvin College, and the University of Houston, before a professional career that spanned 20 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros. His experience and wealth of knowledge will be an asset to the San Jac baseball program.
Prior to joining San Jacinto College in the Fall of 2015, Williams coached three years at Fort Bend Christian Academy, and spent two seasons with the Houston Heat.
“I am very excited to be here and be a part of this team,”Williams said.“I enjoy being around the players and helping them to grow as young men and baseball players. My coaching philosophy has always been to play the game in the right way with respect and integrity, and I hope I can show these players how to do that.”
Williams made his major league debut on May 14, 1993, for the Blue Jays. He began his pitching career in the majors as a reliever, but was moved to a full-time starter in 1997. His career blossomed after being traded to St. Louis in August of 2001, where he went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 11 starts for the Cardinals. He went on to be named to the 2003 All-Star team, and pitched in the playoffs. The right hander says his most memorable moment playing baseball was pitching in the playoffs in 2001. “There’s no way to describe the feeling of playing in the playoffs,” he said. However, he says coaching is more satisfying than playing because of the opportunity to see kids grow into young men. His message to those kids wanting to play collegiately and professionally is, “You have to be coachable, willing to learn, and do whatever it takes to become the best in your craft.”
“I am honored and blessed to have Woody coaching alongside me,” said Head Coach Tom Arrington. “We have known each other for years, but over the past season working together has been extremely rewarding to me not only from a coaching perspective, but a personal one as well. Woody is extremely knowledgeable of the game, as is evidenced in his playing experience, but more importantly he has a way of delivering this knowledge to the players in a way they can understand and utilize in their development. Though Woody’s primary responsibility is working with the development of the pitchers, his input in all areas of the team is welcomed.”
Williams and his wife, Kim, reside in Houston. The couple has four daughters (Katelyn, Sarah, Hannah and Lily) and a son (Caden).