Arteaga, the 10th head baseball coach in Miami history, has spent the past 21 seasons on the Hurricanes’ coaching staff, most recently serving as associate head coach and pitching coach. He is one of the most decorated pitchers in UM history, helping the Hurricanes reach the College World Series four straight seasons from 1994-97.
“We are excited to introduce J.D. as the new head baseball coach for the Miami Hurricanes,” Radakovich said. “I believe J.D. is the right leader at the right time for this storied program. He appreciates what makes Miami one of the crown jewels of college baseball, while also recognizing what is required to keep adding to that legacy.”
During his coaching career in Coral Gables, Arteaga has helped Miami earn 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and reach the College World Series six times.
“This is truly a dream come true,” said Arteaga. “Growing up in Miami, playing for the Hurricanes and coaching in the orange and green the last 21 seasons has meant the world to me. I’m beyond privileged to lead one of the most historic programs in college baseball and add to our storied tradition. I want to thank Joe Echevarria, Rudy Fernandez, Dan Radakovich and the administration for this opportunity of a lifetime.”
Arteaga, who was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, has tutored 46 pitchers who were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Since 2004, the Hurricanes have had a hurler chosen in 19 straight seasons.
He has instructed 19 All-ACC honorees, 12 All-Americans and 12 Freshmen All-Americans.
Over the last five years, Arteaga has played a pivotal role in the Hurricanes finishing as one of the top teams in the ACC, as Miami has posted the best conference winning percentage (.617) and the second-best overall winning percentage (.661).
This past season, he coached an All-American pitcher for the fourth straight season, as right-handed closer Andrew Walters earned national acclaim for the second consecutive year.