After receiving a long-term contract extension in July 2013, Dan Hubbs enters his third season as head coach for the Trojans in 2014-15. He was elevated to head coach from associate head coach on February 13, 2013, when he was named the sixth head baseball coach at USC since 1930. Hubbs spent the 2012 season as the associate head coach of Troy, and prior to that he spent 12 seasons as the pitching coach at California.
Hubbs was a three-year (1991-93) letterman at USC and currently ranks fourth on the Trojans career saves list (22) and eighth on the career strikeouts per inning chart (9.19). He posted a career record of 19-13 with a 3.58 ERA in 81 appearances (64 in relief).
In his 12-year (2000-11) tenure at Cal, the 42-year-old Hubbs regularly produced team ERAs among the lowest in the Pac-10. Three times, his pitching staff set a school record for season strikeouts, including 475 in 2011 when the Golden Bears--a program that was slated to be discontinued after 2011 due to budget cuts but was saved through fundraising efforts--advanced to the College World Series for the first time since 1992. His 2011 staff was second in the Pac-10 with a 2.90 team ERA, posted 11 shutouts and at one point went 47 innings without allowing an earned run.
Besides being a top recruiter, he helped develop some of the greatest pitchers in Cal history, including current major leaguers Brandon Morrow, who became the school's highest draft pick ever (fifth in 2006), and Tyson Ross, Freshman All-Americans Kevin Miller (2008), Justin Jones (2010) and Kyle Porter (2011) and 2011 All-Pac-10 first teamer Erik Johnson. He produced Pac-10 save leaders in 2001 (Matt Brown) and 2004 (Jesse Ingram) and the school's career strikeout leader (Trevor Hutchinson). He had four pitchers drafted in 2011 and three in 2008. Between his time at Cal and USC, 28 of his pitchers sign professional baseball contracts.
USC baseball great and former major leaguer Gabe Alvarez is set to enter his fourth season as an assistant coach at USC in the 2013-14 season.
Alvarez played at USC as a shortstop from 1993-95 and had a career .338 batting average for the Trojans with 28 home runs and 163 RBI. He earned Baseball America All-America second team honors in his 1993 freshman season after batting .326 with eight home runs and 53 RBI. In 1994, he was a first team All-America pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after batting .326 with seven home runs and 51 RBI.
In 1995, he was part of the Trojan squad that made its first trip to the College World Series since 1978 as USC reached the national title game. After batting .361 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI, Alvarez earned ABCA and NCBWA All-America first team, Collegiate Baseball All-America second team and Baseball America All-America third team honors.
Matt Curtis begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Trojans in 2013-14.
Prior to coming to Troy, Curtis was the head coach at Cal State Northridge from 2011-13, where he helped turn around the Matador program, leading them to a fourth place finish in the Big West. With a record of 15-12 and an overall record of 31-26, 2013 marked the program's best record since 2002. That mark was achieved on a non-conference schedule that was ranked the eighth-toughest in the country. The team's conference finish last season was the program's second-highest finish since joining the Big West.
In 2012, Northridge improved its win percentage from the year before and also reached 10 wins in the Big West Conference for the first time since 2002 (later matched by the 2013 finish of 15 wins). In his first season at Northridge, Curtis led the Matadors to a 23-33 season and saw a number of players receive postseason accolades, including two that were selected in the 2011 MLB?Amateur Draft.
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