Birmingham Rounds Out Staff
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/30/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 30, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, NM- First-year head coach Ray Birmingham announced recently that the University of New Mexico baseball coaching staff for the 2007-08 season has been finalized. Assistant coach Chad Tidwell joins the Lobos from Northeast Texas Community College, while volunteer assistant coach Gerard Pineda comes to UNM from New Mexico Junior College.

Tidwell, a former pitcher at Arkansas, was the head baseball coach at Northeast Texas Community College from 1999-2004. He was the Region XIV East Coach of the Year in 2003. Tidwell spent last year as an assistant at New Mexico State University, serving as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach. He will proceed as recruiting coordinator at UNM. His overall record as a head coach is 222-124.

"Chad is one of the best young recruiting coordinators in the country," said Birmingham. He is a top junior college coach and is highly respected."

Pineda will be responsible for infield instruction, travel, and organizing camps. He spent last year as a volunteer coach at New Mexico Junior College where he was in charge of infield and defensive instruction. While at NMJC he helped lead the Thunderbirds to a national runner-up finish in the 2007 JUCO World Series. In 2004, he was the interim head baseball coach at El Paso Community College after being an assistant for three years. Pineda is an 18-year veteran of college baseball and a native of Albuquerque, NM.

"I'm glad to have Gerard here," said coach Birmingham. "I've seen what he does with infielders and he is fantastic."

The Lobos will begin the 2008 season against Eastern Michigan on Friday, Feb. 22.