Dave Yamane was announced as the new volunteer assistant coach for the program in September 2016. Yamane brings 13 years of collegiate baseball experience that includes five years as Director of Operations and eight years as an assistant coach at the California Community College level that includes stops at Santa Ana College, Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Harbor College.
"I'm really excited to add Coach Yamane to our staff," Rossi said. "He brings a ton of baseball experience that will be very beneficial to our program. He has worked for some great head coaches in the past, so he knows how to help run a successful program. I am looking forward to having him be a big part of our program moving forward."
Prior to joining the Saints, Yamane spent one season with Los Angeles Harbor College. He helped guide the Seahawks to their best conference finish since 2007. Yamane provided oversaw an offense that averaged just under six runs a game while also leading the conference in batting average, stolen bases and fewest strikeouts.
Before his time with the Seahawks, he spent five seasons at Long Beach State University as the Director of Baseball Operations. While part of the Dirtbags staff, the team made their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2007. They were the runner-up in the Gainesville Regional in 2014. During his five season stint with the Dirtbags he would watch several players be drafted in the MLB and/or play for team USA including Matt Duffy (2014 MLB World Series Champion), Garrett Hampson (Team USA) and Darren McCaughan (Team USA).
Yamane also coached five seasons at Long Beach City College where he was responsible for recruiting, offensive preparation, outfielders and catchers. He assisted in helping the Vikings win the South Coast Conference Championship while also finishing third in the California Community College Super Regionals in 2009. Prior to LBCC, Yamane spent two seasons at Santa Ana College where he assisted with hitters and outfielders. In both seasons, the Dons tallied back-to-back California Community College Super Regional runner-up finishes and won the Orange Empire Conference Championship in 2005. He assisted in coaching players who would play in both the MLB and NCAA Division I World Series, including Kris Melden who won the MLB World Series with the Kansas City Royals.
Yamane completed his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication at the University of Washington. He received his Master of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport Psychology from Cal State Fullerton.