Athletics

Joe Espinosa, Assistant Coach (Recruiting Coordinator/Hitting/Fielding)

Contact Information
413-542-2284 (office)

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Joe Espinosa served his first season as an assistant coach for the Amherst baseball program in 2013. With nearly thirty years of coaching and scouting experience, he works with the team's fielders while assisting Coach Armstrong with the hitters and serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. Under Espinosa's guidance, the 2014 Jeffs posted a .967 fielding percentage and .301 batting average. While working with the infieldres in 2013, shortstop Taiki Kasuga '14 earned recognition as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.

A native of Miami, Fla., Espinosa played shortstop at Christopher Columbus High School before playing internationally with the Miami Cubans. A former associate scout with the Milwaukee Brewers and the founder of Joe Espinosa Sports Club in New York City, he has run baseball camps since 1984 in New York City, Miami, Oneonta, N.Y. and Ridgefield, Conn. Also working as a college advisor, talent evaluator, and roving instructor for Head First Baseball since 2008, he has been an instructor at Amherst Baseball camps since 2007.

Espinosa is the owner, director and lead instructor of the Baseball Plus instructional baseball facility in Danbury, Conn. He has worked extensively with Bill Thurston, Mike Epstein, and Perry Hill as well as with Amherst Baseball to develop a comprehensive training curriculum that meets the instructional needs of players of all ages and ability levels.

Espinosa’s son, Jose, played middle infield for the Jeffs from 2008-2011 and his daughter, Gabriela, is a member of Amherst's Class of 2016.