Juan Carlos “JC” Calderon
Juan Carlos “JC” Calderon was named Newark’s fifth head coach on September 9, 2016.
Calderon comes to Newark having spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the junior college and summer levels. His coaching career began in the PGCBL, first in 2011 as an assistant with the Amsterdam Mohawks, who reached the PGCBL Championship Series, and then with the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in 2012.
From 2013-14, he served as an assistant with the La Crosse Loggers in the esteemed Northwoods League. His 2013 Loggers established new franchise records for hits (651) and RBIs (366) in a season, while leading the Northwoods League with 62 home runs.
Most recently, Calderon spent two summers as a hitting coach for the Terre Haute Rex in the Prospect League. Terre Haute led the league with a 43-17 overall record and 521 hits in the 2015 regular season before sweeping its way to the 2015 Prospect League Championship. His work with T.J. Collett helped the catcher from the University of Kentucky earn Baseball America’s honor as the league’s top prospect in 2016.
In his time as a summer collegiate assistant coach, Calderon has seen 41 former players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
At the junior college level, the Caracas, Venezuela, native spent three seasons as the top assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College from 2011-13, where he aided in recruiting and hitting instruction while coaching third base.
During the 2014 college season, he served as the assistant head coach at the College of The Albemarle. The Dolphins recorded a .321 batting average under Calderon’s tutelage that spring.
As a student-athlete, Calderon played two seasons at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, before transferring to Oakland City University, an NCAA Division II institution in Oakland City, Indiana. With the Mighty Oaks, he compiled a career batting average of .345 and an on-base percentage of .480.
Calderon received a B.S. in Business Administration from Oakland City in 2010 before earning a master’s in education from Iowa State University in 2013. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish at Northern Arizona University in his current residence of Flagstaff, Arizona.