After dropping their game Friday to Houston, College Baseball Daily caught up with Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano after the Vols knocked off Texas, 5-4, at the Houston College Classic. Continue reading
If new Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano has anything to do with that, it will happen under his watch. The Vols baseball program has had some tough times over the last couple of years. They finished the 2011 season with a 25-29 record and a 7-23 SEC record for a last place finish.
“The focus of the fall for us was seeing the talent we have for the upcoming season.” said Serrano. “We implemented our system this fall with the players learning it well. We want squads to come into Knoxville and when they leave town say that Tennessee squad plays hard nosed baseball.” Continue reading
I was able to catch up with Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dave Serrano after the Titans snapped a four-game skid by defeating Washington 11-3. His squad was swept last weekend at LSU and dropped a midweek contest at Texas A&M. Serrano spoke with me about the importance of getting back to playing winning baseball and what lies ahead for his ballclub. I also had a chance to catch up with RHP Noe Ramirez and Michael Lorenzen for audio interviews.
The 2010 Titans couldn’t have been much closer to getting to Rosenblatt for a second straight season under Dave Serrano. They were one out away from sweeping UCLA in the Super Regionals at Jackie Robinson Stadium and advancing to the College World Series yet again.
It wasn’t to be though as the Titans lineup was a shell of its midseason self heading into that third game due to key injuries to Big West Player of the Year Gary Brown as well as Corey Jones in the 2nd game of the regional. Both have since moved on to professional baseball, along with 4th overall pick shortstop Christian Colon, weekend RHP Daniel Renken, and catcher Billy Marcoe. The Titans have found the depth to fill most of those holes, and with two high draft picks deciding against pro baseball, the former recruiting coordinator for the Titans has too much talent and not enough positions on the field. I recently spoke with Coach Serrano, and he was able to fill me in on how this immensely talented team will deal with not having nearly enough spots on the diamond to showcase what they’re made of. Continue reading
Southern California announced last Monday that they fired head coach Chad Kreuter and kept on assistant coach Frank Cruz who will serve as the head coach for the 2011 season. (FULL ARTICLE) USC athletic director Pat Haden stated that the university will do a full search for a head coach after the 2011 season due to the timing of the move. This past season, USC finished with a 28-32 overall record and finished in last place in the Pac-10 with a 7-20 record. The Trojans haven’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since the 2005 season and last participated in the College World Series in 2001. Here are the top five candidates that I would go after if I was the athletic director.
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FULLERTON – Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is refreshing. Sometimes change is an insult.
For the first time since 1996, the Cal State Fullerton baseball team will open a season with a new coach.
For the first time since 1999, the Titans have not been picked by the conference coaches to win the Big West title.
For the first time since 1998, the Titans have been left out of Baseball America’s Top 25 preseason poll.
Only the last change bothers new CSF coach Dave Serrano, the former Titans pitching coach who returns to Fullerton this year after three years as the coach at Big West rival UC Irvine, where he led the Anteaters to their first College World Series appearance in 2007.
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