Bellew announces addition of Hampton to coaching staff

Bellew announces addition of Hampton to coaching staff
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Bellew announces addition of Hampton to coaching staff

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University baseball filled its assistant coaching vacancy as head coach Tim Bellew announced the hiring of Jason Hampton. Hampton, a former Major League Baseball first year draft pick, joins BSU after serving as assistant coach at Northern State University for two seasons.

“(Hampton’s) got a wide-base ability to help us, number one as a coach,” Bellew said. “He’s very strong in all areas. He pitched and played (first base and designated hitter) at the Division I level. His primary responsibility with us will be hitting and some defensive stuff with our players.

“He’s very experienced with being an assistant coach; in the Northwoods, at Northern State for the last two years and also coaching this summer in a California collegiate wood bat league. On top of that, his ability to recruit a little more in the Western states to help us bring in a few more kids from that area will be huge for us. He’s an energetic guy, he’s a go-getter and he’s excited to be here. Those are the biggest reasons why we decided to have him here. I think he’ll be the kind of person to fit in well here.”

Hampton, a Rocklin, Cali., native, focused on offensive responsibilities for NSU, which ranked in the top five in major offensive categories in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2015 and 2016. The Wolves raised their batting average from .292 to .329 in his first season with the club and led the nation with 139 doubles in 2015. Hampton helped guide NSU to the NSIC Tournament in both seasons, in which the team finished fourth and fifth. He also assisted in recruiting and supporting all team and individual activities for the baseball program.

“I am very excited to be joining the Bemidji State baseball coaching staff,” Hampton said. “Bemidji is a very special place with great support for baseball and I can't wait to get to work. I want to thank Coach Bellew for his support during the hiring process. I also want to thank the coaching staff and Dean Berry at Northern State University for allowing me to be a part of their program and allowing me to grow as a coach and as a person. I am thrilled to begin a new chapter at Bemidji State University. Go Green!”

Hampton served as the assistant coach for the Sacramento Heat, a member of the Golden State Collegiate League, during the summer of 2016 and for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, a member of the Northwoods League, during the summer of 2015. He began his coaching career at his alma mater Sacramento State University as an assistant coach and director of baseball operations, where he spent two seasons with the program.

In the winter of 2013, Hampton graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in organizational communications. He played four seasons with the Hornets from 2010-13 while playing first base and designated hitter, as well as spending time in the starting rotation and bullpen. SCSU improved its win total each season Hampton was a part of the team, finishing with 34 wins in 2013. He also played on two summer league teams, the Humboldt Crabs in 2012 and the St. Cloud River Bats in 2010.

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Hampton in the 47th round of the MLB’s 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Rocklin High School as a pitcher.

The Beavers also bring aboard Kyle Bagnell to the position of volunteer assistant coach. Bagnell, the brother of Beavers Football offensive coordinator Craig Bagnell and a Polson, Montana native, is pursuing his master’s degree in biology after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a bachelor of university studies. He was a four-year pitcher for the Cowboys baseball team, in which he made 28 career appearances in relief. Bagnell spent the 2016 season as a student manager for OSU and will work with the pitchers as a member of the Beavers’ coaching staff.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).