Jason Armstrong, now in his fourth year with UC Davis, assumes the role of volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 season.
Armstrong arrived at UC Davis for the 2010 season from Trinity University (Texas) where he served as the Tigers' associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. Armstrong's primary duties with the Aggies includes coaching the outfielders and hitters and he serves as first base coach during games.
In his only year on the coaching staff at Trinity, Armstrong helped lead one of the best offensive attacks in Division III, as the Tigers hit .327 as a team and led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in almost every category.
Prior to coaching at Trinity, Armstrong set several single season and career records as a player. A four-time All-SCAC honoree, Armstrong led the Tigers to a No. 3 national ranking in 2004 and was selected as the 2004 SCAC Player of the Year. In addition, he was named West Region Player of the Year, was a first team All-American selection and was runner-up in the National Player of the Year voting. That same season, Armstrong set the school's single season record for hits (90), doubles (20), and triples (6). He currently holds the career hits record at Trinity with 281 hits which is also second highest in the SCAC record books and fifth best in Division III history. His 42-game hitting streak in 2004 also stands as third longest in Division III.
Following a standout career with the Tigers, Armstrong was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB draft.
During his five-year professional career, Armstrong worked his way up to the Advanced-A Level before retiring due to a career-ending shoulder injury. In 2005, Armstrong experienced his most successful season at the professional level. While batting .290 with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts, he was selected to represent the Western Divison in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Armstrong was amongst the league leaders in batting average and hits and led the Lugnuts in most offensive categories while starting 118 games. That same season, Armstrong was selected as the Lugnuts' Offensive MVP and named to the Blue Jays Top 40 Prospect List.
In addition to his years as a coach and player, Armstrong spent one year as a member of the San Francisco Giants minor league scouting department, and is an ISSA certified personal trainer, having received a professional certificate in personal training from San Diego State University in 2007.
Armstrong has also served as the hitting and infield coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
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