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5/27/2011 9:58:32 AM
Topic:
USC coaching staff update (5/26)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
All three would be good choices for USC.

Saarloos wouldn't be likely to go to Tennessee with Serrano. He came back to Fullerton to finish up his degree and get his feet wet in coaching this year.

Serrano doesn't really need a pitching coach to go with him and Saarloos would prefer to stay in the area. You are right that Saarloos has a great personality and would do very well as a recruiter.

Depending on what happens with Fullerton and who the next coach is if Serrano leaves, Saarloos could end up staying as the pitching coach if Gill doesn't come over from LMU with Silva.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/27/2011
5/28/2011 7:31:44 AM
Topic:
Someone's bubble bursts: UNM wins Mountain West

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Independents Dallas Baptist and Bakersfield (if they win the final two vs. Cal Poly and Bake's ace McCarthy will pitch one of those games) are also on the bubble.
5/28/2011 7:34:39 AM
Topic:
WCC Championship: USF v. Gonzaga

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
USF would be a dangerous team for a 1 seed to play in a regional. They have to schedule like a northern school and play most of their non-conf schedule on the road due to the weather in NoCal and the poor drainage at their park so they always start out slowly. 15-3 in their last 18 games. Nino G. can flat out coach.
5/29/2011 8:18:10 PM
Topic:
WCC Championship: USF v. Gonzaga

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Congrats to USF. Took grande' cajones to go on the road and win 2 of 3 to win the conf title.

They're going to be a 4 at UCLA or Fullerton. They can take a bus to either place instead of hopping on a plane.
6/1/2011 9:37:33 AM
Topic:
Easiest regionals, according to the oddsmakers

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
thegreek.com also has college baseball lines.
6/2/2011 9:11:48 AM
Topic:
UC Santa Barbara coaching update (5/30)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Lengthy column in the SB paper today. The AD said that Murphy is not a candidate............
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Massari admitted that many of Brontsema's former players weren't thrilled with his decision.

"They didn't want the coaching change, but they understood why, and they'll do anything to get the Gauchos to one of those top spots in the conference, year in and year out," he said. "Many of them, including several in pro ball and even in the major leagues, have reached out to me to assist in any way they can."

That will need to happen if UCSB baseball is to ever become big enough for the Big West. The Gauchos offer 10.5 baseball scholarships while the rest of the league doles out the NCAA maximum of 11.7.

"The new coach will have to work his way to that," said Massari, referring to fundraising.
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A Uyesaka Stadium makeover is on the drawing board. It includes lights, bathrooms, concession stand, ticket booth and an entry plaza that chronicles the program's history

"It'll tell the story of Caesar Uyesaka and Gino Filippin, and it'll include a lane to the current clubhouse called Big Leaguer Lane," Massari said. "We'll do a little wall there to honor every Gaucho who's made it into pro ball."

He expects it to stir donations from former Gauchos. Some fundraising has already been done, but it'll take a cool million to complete the entire project.

"I'm not going to promise it, it'll have to come from private donations," Massari said. "But we received a commitment from a Gaucho Park donor three months ago, and so we've already started down the path."

His hope is that a new coach will turn that into a fast track.
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"Every hour, a new call comes in, or an email, or a text ? it's fluid right now," Massari said. "We want someone who's experienced regionals, and experienced success at the collegiate level.

"We want someone to understand how competitive the Big West is, and who will make sure that we don't take a back seat to any Pac-10 teams."

Former Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Murphy, who took Arizona State to the College World Series four times, expressed interest in the job. But NCAA violations prompted ASU to dump him shortly after that fourth trip to Omaha in 2009.

If UCSB wanted to hire Murphy, it would be required to appear before the NCAA Infractions Committee to show why his duties should not be restricted.

"He's not a candidate," Massari said, "but someone is going to be lucky to get him."

He feels he's going to get lucky, too, and have a new coach before the College World Series has a new champion.

"We've had head coaches inquire about the job, including a couple who are in the regionals," he said.
6/2/2011 10:15:51 AM
Topic:
NCAA Regional pitching rotation updates

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Fullerton is starting Pill on Friday and Noe Ramirez on Sat. O'Connell would be the likely SP on Sun.
6/2/2011 5:46:53 PM
Topic:
UCSB Job Search

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
He has so much money he won't fund the last couple of scholarships on the roster and is telling the coach to go raise funds to do it.
6/3/2011 12:06:04 PM
Topic:
UCSB Job Search

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
And those that don't learn from history aren't paying attention.

Can somebody turn around UCSB? Sure. Nobody's saying that. But, you are painting the place like it's Shangri-La. Bad playing surface that nobody wants to maintain to D-1 standards, no lights, no restrooms, no permanent concessions, seating that needs to be renovated, undercompensated coaches, underfunded scholarships. A coach asking to be on a level playing field isn't a prima donna, it's somebody who doesn't want to be at a competitive disadvantage, which is what UCSB is until they do something about it.

If the Big West is a great conference, why did only two teams get into regionals the last two years. It wasn't due to RPI bias against western teams. It was due to teams 3-9 not being nearly good enough. The conference is slipping from great to good unless some teams other than Fullerton and Irvine start doing something about it. At least Northridge and UCSB finally recognized they needed to start with changing coaches.

Fullerton went 8-1 and Irvine went 3-1 in midweek games against the Pac 10. Everybody else went 19-30. Once again, the only two good teams.

Horton went to Oregon do make 2-3X what he was making.

Savage was an assistant getting his first head coaching job.

Gillespie took over a program that just went to Omaha.

Kernen went to Bakersfield because he was a volunteer assistant at Fullerton after not being in baseball for a few years.
6/5/2011 4:18:18 PM
Topic:
Same Horrible Umpiring

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
The bottom line is you can't win if you score zero (UCLA on Fri) or zero/one (Fullerton last night).

Good still photo on the Fullerton board of the "catch". Draw your own conclusion........

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=45&f=2231&t=7569445&stm=100341127
6/10/2011 10:29:11 AM
Topic:
Nebraska coaching staff (6/6)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
There have been some interesting rumors that the pitching coach could come from out here. I heard about it from a couple of people who live in Omaha and the Nebraska beat writer for the Omaha paper mentioned it on his Twitter account the other day.
6/11/2011 6:54:53 AM
Topic:
UC Santa Barbara coaching update (5/30)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
From a column in today's SB paper.....

Andrew Checketts, the pitching coach at Oregon, was interviewed this week for the Gauchos' head coaching job. He and another, unnamed assistant from a major program are considered to be the leading candidates to succeed Bob Brontsema, according to university sources.Checketts, 35, knows what he'd face at UCSB, having walked the unkempt field at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium when he was the pitching coach at its Big West Conference rival, UC Riverside.

Brontsema was a lame-duck head coach in the final weeks of his 18th season, unable to even talk facilities management into mowing the grass at Uyesaka Stadium for the Gauchos' final series against the University of Pacific.

But that won't fly with this Duck. UCSB will need to give Checketts more tools than just a lawn mower if they want to lure him to Santa Barbara.

Bathrooms at the stadium would be nice, too. That isn't the type of relief this pitching coach expects to worry about.
Checketts doesn't let his pitchers check their statistics until the end of the season, but you can bet he's been researching UCSB's numbers. One is the pay, which for Brontsema was just under $90,000 per year. Checketts started at Oregon in the fall of 2007 with a base salary of $120,000, along with an expense stipend of $25,000.

That goes a lot farther in Eugene, or wherever else you find yourself on a 30-day road trip, than it does in Santa Barbara.

Brontsema had also been coaching with 1.7 arms tied behind his back, claiming to have only 10 scholarships in a conference where the others offer the NCAA maximum of 11.7.

That could've made a difference in a program that treaded water this season at 26-26, much like it had throughout most of Brontsema's 485-479 career.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 6/11/2011
6/16/2011 9:37:41 AM
Topic:
Tennessee hires Dave Serrano

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Serrano is going to make about twice as much to coach someplace where the cost of living is about half of where he was coaching.
6/21/2011 10:36:42 AM
Topic:
UC Santa Barbara coaching update (5/30)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
By MARK PATTON NEWS-PRESS SENIOR WRITER
June 21, 2011 6:00 AM

Andrew Checketts, the pitching coach at the University of Oregon, has accepted an offer to become the new head baseball coach at UCSB, sources said on Monday.

The university had no formal announcement, although a press conference was being arranged for as early as Wednesday.

Gauchos athletic director Mark Massari reportedly made a contract offer to Checketts last week in Las Vegas, where a baseball recruiting tournament is being held. The other finalist for the job was Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Greg Bergeron, who was reportedly interviewed in Santa Ynez two weeks ago.

Checketts, 35, was hired by head coach George Horton in the fall of 2007 to help resurrect Oregon's long-dormant program for the spring of 2009.

His first recruiting class at Oregon was ranked second in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and 10th by Baseball America. Last year's recruiting class came in at third and fifth, respectively.

The Ducks advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 with a record of 40-24, with Checketts' pitching staff ranking third nationally with an earned run average of 3.29.

Oregon was 33-26-1 this season. Earlier this year, Checketts came in at No. 4 ranking in a survey of head coaches to rank college baseball's best pitching coaches.

He previously served as the pitching coach at UC Riverside, helping guide the Highlanders to a Big West Conference championship in 2007 with a team ERA of 3.68.

Checketts was an All-America pitcher at Oregon State and was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 21st round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.

Checketts will take over from Bob Brontsema, who had an 18-year record of 485-427 - a school record for wins. The Gauchos went 26-26 this last season.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 6/21/2011
6/21/2011 8:39:35 PM
Topic:
rumers about Pat Casey-->Fullerton

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Wahoo, $errano left Fullerton for Tenn because he got a 300K pay raise from 300K to 600K.

Casey is making about the same in total comp - 300K - as $errano was at Fullerton. Casey probably won't leave OSU but it's not because of going down in level of conf.
6/22/2011 10:37:35 AM
Topic:
Tenn Assistants?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Bergeron is going to Tenn with Serrano. The other assistant is going to be Bill Mosiello.
6/22/2011 12:38:43 PM
Topic:
Greatest Coaches Ever

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Jerry Kindall - three national titles at Arizona

Bobby Winkles - three national titles at ASU
6/22/2011 12:42:24 PM
Topic:
Greatest Coaches Ever

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Here are the coaches currently in the College H.O.F. There will obviously be others added along the way.

Name University Year Inducted Skip Bertman Louisiana State 2006 Rod Dedeaux Southern California 2006 Ron Fraser Miami 2006 Cliff Gustafson Texas 2006 Bobby Winkles Arizona State 2006 Chuck Brayton Washington State 2007 Jim Brock Arizona State 2007 Bibb Falk Texas 2007 Jerry Kindall Arizona 2007 Dick Siebert Minnesota 2007 Bob Todd Ohio State 2008 Gary Ward Oklahoma State, New Mexico State 2008 Gordie Gillespie University of St. Francis 2009 Ron Polk Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, Georgia 2009 Bob Bennett Fresno State 2010 Wally Kincaid Cerritos College 2010
6/24/2011 8:20:30 AM
Topic:
Quick Cal State Fullerton update (6/23) UPDATED

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
You're on top of things. Kernen knew he wasn't going to get the job so in "coach speak" he withdrew his name from consideration.
6/24/2011 8:22:13 AM
Topic:
UCSB's hire of Andrew Checketts

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Solid hire for UCSB. Checketts was one of the better assistants on the west coast.

Murphy should a very viable candidate for a major conf job after the 2012 season when he no longer has the show cause ban hanging over his head.
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