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CSUB Baseball Announces Staff Changes

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.–CSU Bakersfield head baseball coach Bill Kernen has announced the hiring of Mike Mayne as pitching coach and the promotion of promotion of assistant coach Jody Robinson to associate head coach for the Roadrunners.

Mayne served as the pitching coach at Fresno State in 2008 as the Bulldogs won the Division I College World Series. Prior to joining the Bulldogs’ staff, Mayne coached at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., Mayne had a 15-year record of 400-188-6. His baseball team at OCC won five South Coast Conference Championships and two Orange Empire Conference Championships along with winning the California State Community College Championship in 1980.

Mayne was the conference coach of the year eight times and the National Community College Coach of the Year in 1980. He was inducted into the California Community College Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993. Along with coaching at OCC, Mayne also coached at Eisenhower High School and Kolb Junior High School in Rialto, Calif. Mayne also worked with the Seattle Mariners as a scout and roving instructor from 1993-94 and was a catching instructor during spring training for the Oakland Athletics in 1996. He was a four-year starter for the UC Riverside (1964-68) and a two-year football letterwinner.

While at UC Riverside, Mayne received his B.S. in Political Science then went on to earn his M.A. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. Mayne and his wife Patricia have two sons, Brent and Kevin and five grandchildren. Their son Brent played 15 years in the major leagues, most recently with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where in retired in 2004.

“The addition of Mike Mayne to our staff is very significant,” Kernen said. “Coach Mayne is widely recognized as the best teacher of baseball fundamentals in all of college baseball. His addition gives CSUB baseball three coaches with an NCAA Division I National Championship on his resume. Mike was the pitching coach for Fresno State in 2008 when they won the NCAA title and was for many years the preeminent junior college head coach in California at Orange Coast College. His duties will focus on all aspects of our defense and recruiting.”

Robinson has been with Kernen and CSUB since the program’s inception. His main duties include running the Roadrunner offense, serving as the team’s hitting instructor and working defensively with the infielders.

Robinson and Kernen first joined forces as assistant coaches at Cal State Fullerton in the late 1970’s through 1981. During that time, the Titans, who had just made the transition to Division I in 1975, earned five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the College World Series and a national championship title in 1979.

Robinson moved on to be named the head coach at Long Beach City College from 1982-85, where he led the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the Metropolitan Conference, falling to eventual state champion L.A. Harbor. He then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Cerritos Community College, which won state championships in 1985 and 1987.

Robinson and Kernen teamed up briefly in 1988, both serving as assistant coaches to former Titan Head Coach Augie Garrido, this time at the University of Illinois. Robinson remained with the Illini for three seasons, helping the team to Big 10 Championships in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, Robinson returned to California where Kernen was in his second season as the head coach at Cal State Northridge, leading the Matadors through the transition from Division II to Division I play. After helping CSUN to a 44-18-1 record, the West Regional championship game and a top 10 ranking in the final NCAA Division I poll in their first season of DI play, Robinson was named the head coach at Loyola Marymount, where he guided the Lions to 109 wins from 1992-1996. While there, he also oversaw fundraising efforts for the construction of a baseball weight facility and upgrades to the Lions’ baseball field.

“Coach Robinson came to CSUB with head coaching credentials from (Loyola Marymount), so this is a natural transition that acknowledges his many roles in our baseball culture,” Kernen said. “Jody has been at the center of everything we’ve done since Day one here and we would not be where we are as a program without him.”

CSUB will open the 2012 season by hosting Kansas State in a three-game series beginning Feb. 18 at Hardt Field.