Baseball Head Coach
Head Baseball Coach
Jon Wente enters his ninth year as Head Coach at Central Arizona College. Coach Wente returns to Central, after spending one year as the Head Coach at Odessa College and two years as Head Coach at Hutchinson Community College. His record over his eight years at Central Arizona College is W360-L149, and has won six consecutive Region 1 Championships from 2007-2012. During all his coaching years, each of Wente’s teams posted good team GPAs and a good graduation rate. Before that, Wente spent 5 successful years at Central Arizona as an assistant. The Vaqueros of Central Arizona College captured the 2002 National Junior College World Series Championship in Grand Junction, CO after posting 50 wins that year. At Central, Wente was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Vaqueros. He spearheaded bringing in all the players into Central over that five year span where there were over 30 players drafted, over 20 All-Conference selections, and 1 player and pitcher of the year in the conference. As the pitching coach at Central, Wente’s pitching staffs led the ACCAC in era in each of his five seasons. They also won four straight conference titles and appeared in Grand Junction in 1999 and 2002 (National Champions). During Coach Wente’s five years at Central as an assistant, the Vaqueros posted a record of W228-L86 record.
Coach Wente currently has over 33 players playing professional baseball, (including Rich Harden of the Oakland A's, Scott Hairston of the New York Mets, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers, Mike Zagurski of the Philadelpia Phillies, Matt Pagnozzi of the Colorado Rockies, and Josh Spence of the San Diego Padres) and all of his players have had a chance to move on to professional baseball or four year schools. Coach Wente had the privilege of coaching under Clint Myers, one of the elite coaches in Junior College and current Head Softball Coach at Arizona State University. Coach Myers was the 2002 National Coach of the Year and has won national titles in both baseball and softball, and had a career record of W887-L235 at CAC.
In the fall of 2006, Coach Wente was the Pitching Coach for Team USA 18 and under Junior National Team which won the silver medal at the World Championships in Cuba. Coach Wente also has coached the USA Baseball Stars (pitching coach) in 2005 during the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin, MO. This is where the Junior National Team is chosen. Also, Coach Wente coached the Liberal BJ’s of the Jayhawk League, a premier summer collegiate league in 1999, 2000, and 2001. The BJ’s won the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas in 2000. Wente managed the BJ’s in 1999 and 2000 while assisting Darin Thomas in 2000 and the late Clay Gould of the University of Texas at Arlington. The BJ’s finished 3rd in the NBC in 1999 and 7th in 2001. Coach Wente also coached the 2002 Connie Mack Phoenix Legacy baseball team under former major league all-star and Central Arizona alum Tom Pagnozzi. The Legacy baseball team won tournaments in Fayetteville, Arkansas and St. Louis, Missouri.
Coach Wente started his playing career at Brophy College Prep High School under Tom Succow and played at Central Arizona College for Corky Summers and Tim Fields. He earned all conference honors as a sophomore at Central. From Central he went on to play at Arizona State University as a pitcher for Pat Murphy. Coach Wente finished his playing career at McNeese State University where he set a school record for innings pitched in a season and was named the team MVP. After finishing his collegiate career, he played professional baseball for the Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs of the independent league.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and has earned a master's degree in Sports Administration from East Central University. Coach Wente is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and is married to Sandra Langston of Tempe, Arizona. Sandra is a former standout softball player at Glendale Community College and New Mexico University. She also played professional baseball for the Phoenix Peppers, and is currently the head softball coach at Central Arizona College. The couple has been married since 1999 and are the proud parents of a son, Tyler Jon (14).