CALIFORNIA STING: My Site News: California Sting Welcomes former San Jose State Assistant Coach Jason Bugg to the Organization

California Sting Welcomes former San Jose State Assistant Coach Jason Bugg to the Organization
The California Sting 12U - Ron team announces Jason Bugg as its new head coach. Jason has a wealth of high school, college and pro team playing and coaching experience. He is a valuable addition to the Sting organization. Jason's bio from San Jose State:


Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics
Release: 11/07/2005
One of San Jose State University’s top outfielders in the 1990’s, Jason Bugg made his return to the program as a volunteer assistant coach in 2005.

Bugg enters his eighth season as a baseball coach and his second at the major college level. He primarily serves as the first base coach for the Spartans. Bugg spent two seasons as an assistant at San Jose Mission College, prior to his return to SJSU.

The 35-year-old native of San Jose began his coaching career in 1999 as the head coach at American High School in Fremont, Calif., and directed his team to a third-place league finish. He moved on to Athenian High School in Danville, Calif., and led the 2000 squad to the school’s first playoff appearance in 11 years.

Bugg’s coaching success continued at San Leandro (Calif.) High School, where he took a team that was 4-20 before his arrival, to a pair of winning seasons and back-to-back North Coast Section Tournament berths. The 2001 San Leandro team was 14-11 and the 2002 unit was 19-6, including a perfect 16-0 in league play.

A centerfielder for Spartan head coach Sam Piraro in the 1991 and 1992 seasons, Bugg shared the team lead in stolen bases with 13 as a junior. As a senior, he led the Spartans in batting average, runs scored, extra-base hits and walks, and was second in RBI. His seven triples in 1992 still ranks second on the San Jose State single-season list, while his 47 RBI ranked 10th at the time he finished his college career. Adept in the field, he was charged with only one error in 108 chances. A 1992 second-team All-Big West Conference selection, Bugg was also the “Most Valuable Player” at the six-team Spartan Classic tournament that same year.

Bugg went on to play five seasons of professional baseball. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 1992. He played for the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Rookie League team in 1993 and High Desert Class-A squad in the California League in 1994.

From there, Bugg moved on to the Bend Bandits of the Western League. In three seasons, he was an all-star selection as a second baseman and a third baseman. A versatile pro, he played every position for the Bandits except pitcher.

The 1998 graduate of Cal State Hayward majored in kinesiology. He is pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology at Saint Mary’s College.