California head baseball coach David Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year, represents the best in college baseball - first as a player, then as an assistant coach, and now as the leader of the Golden Bears.
As a player, Esquer was the starting shortstop on Stanford's 1987 national championship squad. As an assistant coach, he helped produce six NCAA postseason teams and one World Series participant at Stanford and Pepperdine. Now as head coach of Cal, Esquer led the Bears to the 2011 College World Series, was named the 2011 National Coach of the Year, has had four players selected in the first round of the professional draft and has produced 11 All-Americans.
Esquer, 47, has compiled a 383-338-2 (.531) career mark with the Bears that includes four NCAA regional appearances (2001, 2008, 2010, 2011) and a 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor. In 2011, he guided Cal to a 38-23 record and the team's third postseason appearance in the last five years. The Bears captured the Houston Regional with a thrilling, 9-8, victory over Baylor with four runs in the bottom of the ninth, and swept through a best-of-three series with Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional, to advance to the College World Series.
Mike Neu, former head baseball coach at Diablo Valley College and former standout at Miami and a Major Leaguer with the Oakland A's, will be entering his second season as the pitching coach for the University of California in 2013.
Coming to the Golden Bears with impressive credentials, both as a player and a coach, Neu, 34, was head coach at Diablo Valley College from 2009-11, leading his team to a 87-41 mark (.680) with two Big 8 Conference titles in three years. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California for four weeks this past spring, and his pitching staff led all the California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA.
Additionally, Neu has been an associate scout for both the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves, and was the pitching coach for DVC in 2007 and 2008. His professional baseball career included playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds organizations. Neu was called up to the Major Leagues with the Athletics on April 9, 2003 and proceeded to post a 3.64 ERA in 32.0 relief appearances (42.0 innings) that season.