2012 Coach Biography: Julian Russell, Head Coach - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Coach Russell is entering his second season as Head Coach at Ohlone College after finishing 2011 with a 21-15 overall record and 16-8 in the Coast Conference.  In his first season as a head coach, Russell led the Renegades to a Coast Conference Championship, Regional Championship and Super Regional Championship and finished the year as the State Champion Runner-Up.  Russell was named the 2011 Northern California Co-Coach of the Year and ABCA Regional Coach of the Year.  

Russell strongly emphasizes the importance of academics and in 2011 fourteen of the sixteen sophomores received a combination of athletic and academic scholarships. Fifteen sophomores earned their Associates Degree and three players received Academic All-State Honors. 

In Russell’s first season he guided eleven players to the All-Coast Conference team including, Ryan Tella, who was named Coast Conference Player of the Year, Northern California Player of the Year and ABCA Player of the Year.  Three players were taken in the 2011 MLB draft including George Asmus (Chicago Cubs, 24th Rd), Ryan Tella (Minnesota Twins, 34th Rd) and Joel Thys (Florida Marlins, 47th Rd).

Russell was an assistant for Head Coach Jordon Twohig and the 2010 State Champions. He oversaw the infielders who carried the second highest fielding percentage in the state (.972) and produced three Coast Conference Gold Glove recipients.  In 2008-2009, Russell spent two seasons as the Volunteer Assistant at the University of Hawaii, Manoa where he coached outfielders, first base, and assisted with the offense. 

Coach Russell played two seasons at the University of Hawaii from 2002-2003.  He was the starting shortstop in 2002 with the Rainbows, batting .290 with 14 runs and 8 doubles.  He finished the season as one of the team’s hottest hitters, with a .412 average in the final two series of the season.  He received the Top Scholar Athlete award in 2002 and made the WAC Academic All-Conference team. 

Prior to joining UH, Russell spent three seasons at Feather River College in Quincy, California and was mentored by Jedd Soto who is now the Head Coach at St. Mary’s College.  While at Feather River College, Russell was a 2-time All-Conference player, started in 84 consecutive games and helped the Golden Eagles win their first conference championship in school history.  The Golden Eagles also won two Regional Championships during Russell’s time at The Nest.  

Russell received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Hawaii and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.  

Russell resides in Livermore, CA with his wife Paula, daughter Logan (4) and son Tighe (5 Months).

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