Jake Ayers enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 2020-21, working with the catchers, outfielders and hitters.
A 12-year veteran of college coaching at the Division III level, Ayers came to CMS on a full-time basis in 2017 after working with Pomona-Pitzer (2013-2017), Juniata College (2011-2013) and Knox College (2007-2011). The past five seasons in Claremont, Ayers has worked to develop student-athletes that have earned the following awards: 17 All-SCIAC selections, 12 ABCA All-West Region, nine d3baseball.com All-West Region, four ABCA All-Americans, three SCIAC Athletes of the Year, two SCIAC Newcomers of the Year, two d3baseball.com West Region Players of the Year, two Major League Baseball signees, and an ABCA Gold Glove winner.
In addition to his baseball duties, Ayers also serves as the Assistant Director, Events and Operations for Roberts Pavilion and CMS Athletics. In this position he manages game-day operations for all varsity athletic events in Roberts Pavilion as well as scheduling, care and maintenance of all athletic facilities. This position also manages the use of all athletic facilities pertaining to off-campus rentals, camps and conferences.
Ayers is a 2006 graduate of Knox College where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball and football. On the baseball field, Ayers was a four-year starting catcher and two-time unanimous all-Midwest Conference selection. On the football field, Ayers led the Prairie Fire at quarterback throughout his collegiate career.
During the 2008-2009 seasons, Ayers was the Bullpen Coach for the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent professional American Association; winning the league title in 2009. In 2007, Ayers was signed to play in the inaugural Israel Baseball League and caught for the league champion Bet Shemesh Blue Sox.
In 2004, Ayers began his coaching career at the age of 19, when he took over the Farmington (IL) American Legion Post 140 baseball programs. Ayers was elected a member of Post 140’s Hall of Fame in 2005, and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).