Men's Baseball Coaching Staff
Travis Fortner - Head Coach707-489-9915
Coach Fortner was hired as the head men’s baseball coach in the spring of 2012. He was first hired in the fall of 2011 as an assistant coach before being asked to fill the interim head coach position. He led the Red Hawks to their first 20-win season in school history in 2012. 2013 was a rebuilding year, where young players had to step up into starting roles after losing 16 seniors from 2012. With the combination of battle-tested players from last year and the addition of a solid recruiting class, Fortner has the team’s eyes set on a winning season in 2014.
Fortner played two years of baseball at the College of the Siskiyous, where he led the team in home runs both years. He then received a scholarship to continue his college baseball career at York College, a small NAIA Christian liberal arts school in central Nebraska. While at York, he assisted the Panthers to their first two regional playoff appearances in school history. He also held many team speed and strength records. Fortner played right field and third base during his college years.
Michael Becker - Head Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Michael Becker was hired as the Simpson University’s men’s baseball pitching coach in December 2013. He played one year of baseball at Diablo Valley College and then received a scholarship to play at York College, a small NAIA Christian liberal arts school in central Nebraska. While at York, Becker assisted his team to a school-best 45-9 record. He was also second in school records for lowest ERA with a 2.38 and a Top 10 record holder for fewest walks per game. In the last year of his college career, he received the 2nd Team All-Conference Relief Pitcher award. After college, Becker played one of year semi-pro baseball in Europe for the Czech Republic. He also played three years of semi-pro baseball in Nebraska, where he earned Pitcher of the Year honors two out three years. He also won the MVP award in his first year. In 2012, Becker was selected to the Nebraska All-State Team.
Jeff Kuwahara - Catching Coach
Jeff Kuwahara was hired as Simpson University’s assistant men’s baseball coach in August 2013. He is a local high school graduate, who attended and played at Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City, Calif. He played junior college baseball before moving to the north Bay Area, where he started his coaching career at Sonoma Valley High School. He was also the head coach of Sonoma's Joe DiMaggio Baseball Club and their American Legion baseball team. He spent six seasons with the Dragons as the bench and catching coach. During his time with the Dragons, they produced four semi-final NCS appearances, as well as one NCS title in 2008.
Paul Barrington - Hitting Coach