The 2015 season will be J.C. Field’s seventh at UND, serving five seasons as an assistant coach before becoming the associate head coach in July 2013. Field serves as the primary hitting and catching coach for the program, as well as the team’s third base coach. He currently oversees the team’s west coast recruiting and assists in recruiting in the midwest region.
Under the tutelage of Field, senior backstop Taylor Petersen continued to flourish in his final season, leading the team in nearly eveyr offensive category: runs, hits, extra-base hits, homers, RBI and slugging. The team had three starters hit over .300 in the first season in the Western Athletic Conference.
The UND offense etched numerous outstanding achievements in 2013. North Dakota led the Great West Conference in hitting with a .292 clip and scored runs in bunches down the stretch. An April 14th game saw UND score 12 runs in an inning for a 23-7 win at regular-season champion Northern Colorado. Less than a month later, North Dakota busted loose for 25 runs against New Jersey Tech, the seventh-most runs in a single game in school history.
A key cog in the offense was junior Taylor Petersen, who started all but three games behind the dish for North Dakota. He hit .295 with a team-high tying four homers and a school-record-tying 38 walks in his first season in a UND uniform. The offense had five regulars hitting above a .300 clip.
In 2012, UND also had five regulars hit over .300, including freshman Tyler Follis who recorded a new UND mark for hits in a season (74). Fellow freshman Jeff Campbell clubbed 12 homers en route to being named the first Freshman All-American for UND in the Division I era.
In 2011, four UND regulars hit over .300 with centerfielder Andy Sadler leading the way with a .385 clip. That was good for third among Great West Conference hitters. Rightfielder Josh Ray earned first team All-GWC honors after batting .440 in league play (.354 overall) and set a school-record with seven triples in a season.
Field also helped sophomore Kris Kwak increase his batting average 147 points from his freshman season en route to earning All-GWC second team honors. Kwak led the team with 25 extra-base hits and led all GWC second baseman with five home runs.
During his second season, Field helped five of his pupils hit .300 or better -- a number that increased from three during his first season. First baseman Jake Magner earned first team All-Great West honors after setting school records with 21 home runs and 73 hits. Magner earned all-independent honors under Field’s watch as a sophomore.
Prior to joining the UND coaching staff, Field served with current UND head coach Jeff Dodson at Southeast Missouri State as a volunteer assistant. He coached outfielders and was the Redhawks’ first base coach. He was also involved with the development of catchers and hitters, as well as recruiting.
Before his move into the coaching ranks, Field played professionally for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. With the Otters, he started 46 games at catcher. He also spent a season as the baseball color commentator for ESPN Radio 1580 KTGR, where he covered his alma mater -- the University of Missouri.
During his collegiate and professional playing career, Field caught many current Major League and high-draft pick pitchers. Among those who are or have pitched in the big leagues are Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers/Arizona Diamondbacks), Doug Mathis (Texas Rangers), Jamie Vermelyea (Boston Red Sox) and Tim Wood (Florida Marlins).
A native of Tucson, Ariz., Field graduated in 2006 from the University of Missouri where he received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications, sports management and sociology. While at Mizzou, he played two years as a catcher with 96 starts. The Tigers made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances (2005 and 2006) and were the Malibu Regional Champions in 2006 when Field was named to the All-Malibu Regional Team.
Field also played two years at Pima Community College, where he was an all conference catcher both years and received an associates degree in liberal arts in 2004.