One of America's best amateur baseball facilities!
One of America's best amateur baseball facilities, Blair Field in Long Beach will once again be the home site for 49er games. Blair Field is by Long Beach State under an extended lease from the City of Long Beach and is in Recreation Park at the corner of 10th Street and Park Avenue. Blair Field has been honored by Baseball America as one of the top 15 collegiate ballparks in the nation.read more
One of the most respected pitching coaches in the nation, Troy Buckley enters his eighth season as the head coach of Long Beach State in 2018. In his first seven seasons, Buckley has led the Dirtbags to a winning record in every season, three NCAA Regional appearances in 2014, 2016 and 2017, plus an NCAA Super Regional appearance during the 2017 season.
Buckley won Big West Coach of the Year honors in 2017 after leading Long Beach State to a ninth Big West Conference title. The Dirtbags dominated the conference, winning all eight series and finishing with a 20-4 record. LBSU would be selected as hosts of an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2008, and won the Long Beach Regional over Texas, UCLA and San Diego State. The Dirtbags then had hosting rights for the NCAA Super Regional against rivals Cal State Fullerton. It was LBSU’s third Super Regional appearance, and the first since hosting in 2004.
Buckley earned his 200th career win during the 2017 season with a 3-1 win at Cal, becoming the fourth consecutive Dirtbags head coach to reach that mark in his career. The Dirtbags finished the season at 42-20-1, posting the most wins in a season since 1998. A total of 11 players received All-Big West recognition, including Pitcher of the Year (Darren McCaughan) and Defensive Player of the Year (David Banuelos). Eight players from the 2017 team would go on to be selected in the MLB Draft.
Associate Head Coach
Greg Bergeron returns for his third season as a member of the Long Beach State coaching staff, tasked with overseeing the Dirtbags’ offense. Following the 2017 season, Bergeron was promoted to Associate Head Coach after serving two seasons as an assistant coach under Troy Buckley.
With two decades of coaching experience, primarily in Southern California, Greg Bergeron brings valuable experience to the Dirtbags coaching staff. Bergeron spent the previous decade as the hitting coach on Dave Serrano’s staff, which most recently landed him at the University of Tennessee as Serrano’s Associate Head Coach.
During his first two years at the Beach, Bergeron has helped guide the Dirtbags to highly successful seasons at the plate. Long Beach State scored 310 runs in 2016 and 312 in 2017, resulting in the highest two-year total since 2009-10. The Dirtbags also hit 60 home runs in Bergeron’s first two seasons, more than the previous five seasons combined (55 home runs). LBSU saw improvements in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and stolen bases during the 2017 season, which culminated in a Big West Championship and NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Dan Ricabal returns for his second season as the Dirtbags pitching coach in 2018. Ricabal comes to the Beach from Loyola Marymount University, where he had been the pitching coach for five seasons.
In his first season at the Beach, Ricabal guided a successful Dirtbags pitching staff that had a team ERA of 3.07 and produced a pair of All-Americans in starters Darren McCaughan and Dave Smith. LBSU ranked second in the country in shutouts with 12, third in WHIP with a mark of 1.12, and seventh in the country in ERA in 2017. McCaughan was named Big West Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Smith and closer Chris Rivera were tabbed second team All-Big West selections.
Ricabal brings coaching experience at multiple levels of baseball, having coached in the junior college ranks, at multiple Division I programs along the West Coast, and within the minor league system of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Miller is back for his third season as volunteer assistant coach in 2018, after helping the Dirtbags to an NCAA Regional appearance in each of his first two seasons. The former catcher played two seasons with the Dirtbags, appearing five times in 2012 and making 24 appearances (including 21 starts) as a senior in 2013. Miller works extensively with the Dirtbags catchers, and helped David Banuelos earn first team All-Big West honors in 2017. Banuelos was also a finalist for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the top catcher in college baseball. Miller accompanied Banuelos for the awards ceremony in Wichita, Kan. as his coach.
Before donning the black and gold, Miller played two seasons at his hometown Sacramento City College, making a pair of super regional appearances. He is a product of Elk Grove High School where he was a two-year letter winner in football and a four-year letter winner in baseball, helping Elk Grove to two section championships while setting the school record in doubles.
Director of Baseball Operations
A recent graduate of Long Beach State, earning an MPA in Public Policy and Administration, DeAngelis moved up from his position as graduate assistant coach to director of baseball operations in 2015. This is his fifth season working with the Dirtbags, and the third in his current position, after gaining previous coaching experience with summer baseball leagues and at the junior college level with LA Harbor College.
As a player, DeAngelis attended Los Alamitos High School, where he was an all-Sunset League performer and team captain for the Griffins. He then went on to Golden West College where he held down the hot corner for the Rustlers and was again named team captain in 2009. He then moved on to Northwest Missouri State where he was a two-year captain following a medical redshirt season in 2010. DeAngelis graduated in December of 2012 with a BS in Physical Education.