|Position:||Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach|
J.D. Arteaga is entering his 12th season on the UM coaching staff, and has served as UM's pitching coach since 2003.
Arteaga, a standout southpaw during his own four years in the Miami rotation, most recently coached lefthander Bryan Radziewski to Rawlings All-America honors in 2013 - the first for a UM player since 2010. Two of the team's weekend starters, Radziewski and fellow southpaw Chris Diaz, ranked among the top three in ERA for all Atlantic Coast Conference pitchers in 2013.
Arteaga has tutored three recent first-round draft picks in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft - Carlos Gutierrez in 2008, Chris Perez in 2006 and Cesar Carrillo in 2005. Gutierrez was the 27th overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Minnesota Twins after earning second team All-ACC honors. Perez, who came to Miami as a starting prospect, was aided by Arteaga in his transition to becoming one of the country's top closers. Carrillo started his career 24-0 as a Hurricane.
In addition to his work in converting Perez from a starter to a closer, he helped Kyle Bellamy in his transition from a traditional over-the-top throwing motion to a sidewinding delivery. The move had great rewards, as Bellamy recorded 16 saves and finished the 2009 season with a 0.97 ERA en route to numerous first team All-America honors.
Arteaga's 2008 staff boasted National Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Roger Clemens Award finalist Chris Hernandez, who finished 11-0 with a 2.72 ERA while opponents hit just .223 against him. All three starters in 2008, Hernandez, sophomore lefty Eric Erickson and senior right-hander Enrique Garcia combined to go 27-4 while the entire pitching staff combined for the fewest walks (187) in school history and eighth-most strikeouts (554).
His 2006 staff, composed almost entirely of first-time starters, recorded five shutouts, the most by a UM staff since the 1998 season. Miami also recorded the team's first postseason shutout on the road since 1976 with a 7-0 win against Ole Miss in the 2006 Oxford Super Regional.
Four pitchers from Arteaga's 2005 pitching staff signed pro contracts following the season, including the school's first pitcher drafted in the first round since the 1991 season, Carrillo. Arteaga also played a major role in Carrillo's career development and run at the NCAA record books. Carrillo, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2005 draft, ended with a career record of 25-3, was an All-American and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Roger Clemens Award as college baseball's best pitcher in 2005.
The 2004 Miami pitching staff produced the best team ERA in (3.73) since the 2000 season (3.72).
Morris named Arteaga the Hurricanes' next pitching coach on March 4, 2003, nine games deep into the season. Arteaga's style and approach to pitching was vital in J.D. Cockroft's development into the ace on Miami's 2003 club. Cockroft, a crafty left-hander, went 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA in a team-high 119 innings, including three complete games and one shutout.
Arteaga played for the Hurricanes from 1994-1997, helping UM reach the College World Series four straight seasons. He left Miami as the program's all-time wins leader with 43 and the all-time starts leader with 72. Arteaga ranks second for innings pitched in a career with 458.1. He is also fifth on the all-time strikeouts chart with 343 career Ks.
Arteaga threw three complete games at UM and struck out career-high 11 batters on two different occasions (FSU, 4/16/95 and George Washington, 2/16/96). He posted an 11-3 record as a sophomore in 1995 and a 9-1 mark as a freshman.
Miami retired Arteaga's No. 33 on Feb. 5, 2003, prior to the season opener with Florida International. A 26th round draft choice by the New York Mets, Arteaga spent five seasons in the Mets' and Houston Astros' organizations. He had signed on with the Texas Rangers' organization in the spring of 2003, prior to accepting his post with the Hurricanes. He spent his last professional season with the Astros' Triple-A franchise New Orleans Zephyrs, compiling a 9-10 record with a 4.29 ERA in 15 starts and 42 appearances.
The left-hander came to the Hurricanes out of Westminster Christian in Miami. He won a career best 12 games as a junior in 1996 (12-1) and came back to go 11-4 as a senior.
Arteaga earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Miami in 2002. He is married to the former Ysha Schettini and the couple has two children, a son, A.J. and a daughter, Ariana.