UT Arlington will rely on seven returners and nine newcomers on its pitching staff this season.
The UT Arlington junior outfielder was named the third-ranked prospect from the MINK League.
Jon Wente owns a career record of 513-224 (.696) as a college head coach.
Jon Wente joined the UT Arlington Baseball program as the pitching coach in August 2014. Wente spent 13 seasons as a head coach before coming to UT Arlington.
"We're extremely fortunate to get someone of Jon's background to recruit and work with our pitchers," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "He has shown the ability to recruit and develop players at a very high level everywhere he's been."
Wente completed his first season with the Mavericks in June 2015 and vetted a pitching staff primarily of young, freshman arms. UT Arlington’s rotation was ranked eighth in the Sun Belt with a 4.71 team ERA, but allowed the lowest amount of walks in the league. Wente assisted in the Mavericks’ three victories over ranked opponents and three shutouts during the 2015 slate, including a 12-0 win over UALR May 1.
Under Wente, senior right-hander Colin Tornberg was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 32nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft in June. Tornberg led the Mavs with eight saves that season, third most by a Sun Belt player.
Wente was the head coach at Central Arizona College from 2005-14. His teams won six consecutive Region I championships (2007-12) and four consecutive conference championships (2011-14). Wente was the Region I Coach of the Year six times (2007-12), the conference Coach of the Year in 2011, and the West District Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
Wente was also the head coach at Odessa College (2005) and Hutchinson College (2003-04). His overall coaching record is 513-224 (.696). He's coached 190 players that have signed with four-year colleges and 62 players that were drafted, including Major Leaguers Rich Harden, Scott Hairston, Ian Kinsler, Matt Pagnozzi, Josh Spence, Thad Weber and Mike Zagurski.
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. 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. Wente is a native of Phoenix and is married to Sandra Langston. Sandra is a former standout softball player at Glendale Community College and New Mexico State. They married in 1999 and are the proud parents of Tyler Jon.