You knew there had to be something special about Dedeaux Field from the day it first opened its gates on March 30, 1974.
Dan Hubbs enters his sixth season as head coach for the Trojans in 2017-18.Hubbs holds a career head coaching record of 137-143 in five seasons at the helm for the Trojans. He coached the Trojans to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 seasons.
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.
After taking over the position on Feb. 13, 2013, just days before the start of the 2013 season, Hubbs’ inherited one of the youngest squads in program history. The team finished with a record of 20-36 overall, 10-20 in Pac-12 play, good for ninth in the conference, gaining experience for the upcoming seasons. That squad, a year older in 2014 was on a mission, going 29-24 overall, 16-14 in conference play, tying for fifth overall. That year the team was announced as one of the first four out of the NCAA Tournament.
Under his watch those Trojans righted the wrong of 2014, and were a force to be reckoned with in 2015, finishing an impressive 18-12 in Pac-12 play (tied for third) and were 39-21 overall, after advancing to the NCAA Regional Final of the Lake Elsinore regional. Under his watch that season the offense thrived, leading the Pac-12 in runs (377), hits (614), RBIs (347), stolen bases (94) and was second in batting average.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 46-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.
Before going to Cal, Hubbs was the pitching coach of the Yakima Bears (a short-season single A minor league Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate in Yakima, Wash.) and assisted Pepperdine during the 1999 season.
After seeing action in just four games asa 1990 freshman, he had a 7-2 record with a 3.60 ERA as a relief pitcher in 1991 as the Trojans won the Pac-10 title. He went 7-6 in 1992 with a 3.97 ERA as a starter. He returned to the bullpen in 1993, setting the since-broken USC season saves record (a national-best 18) while going 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA and a team-high 90 strikeouts as he earned All-American first team and All-Pac-10 first team honors. The Trojans advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 1990, 1991 and 1993.
He had a seven-year (1993-99) minor league career with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. He finished second in the Dodgers’ organization with 126 strikeouts in 1994. In 1996, he went a combined 16-1 between AAA Albuquerque (7-1) and La Romana (9-0) of the Dominican winter league, and was named to Baseball America’s Winter League All-Star Team. He led the Pacific Coast League in appearances in 1997, taking the mound 62 times in a 144-game season. He finished his career with a 27-16 record with nine saves and a 3.75 ERA. In 427 innings, he struck out 436 while walking only 172.Hubbs earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from USC in 1993.
Associate Head Coach
Matt Curtis begins his fifth season with the Trojans in 2017-2018 and his third as the program’s associate head coach.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.In 2011 and again in 2013, Curtis’ squads set school records in fielding percentage. He coached one All-American, one Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, nine All-Conference honorees, four MLB draft picks to go with 12 student-athletes signing professional contracts under his watch. He finished his tenure with a 77-89 overall record.
Prior to his time at CSUN, Curtis was a major contributor in one of the West Coast’s most successful college programs, Fresno State, where he served as assistant coach for a program that won five consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won the 2008 College World Series. During his ten seasons in Fresno, the Bulldogs compiled a 362-272 record.
Curtis first joined the Fresno State coaching staff as a student assistant for one season in 1998 before returning to the Bulldog bench two years later. From 2000-02, he served as volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with the catchers and hitters in conjunction with his duties as first base coach. With his catchers earning All-American honors during his two seasons as a volunteer, Fresno State wasted no time in recognizing his efforts and naming the team’s assistant coach in July of 2002 under two-time National Coach of the Year Mike Batesole.The last eight recruiting classes Curtis was responsible for assembling and developing featured 79 All-WAC honorees, nine WAC Pitchers or Players of the Year, 15 All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, 62 overall draft selections and five first round draft picks. In addition, four of his recruiting classes gained top 20 national rankings, and the 2010 class contained four recruits drafted by professional organizations that ended up on campus at Fresno State.
During his last three seasons at Fresno, Curtis also served as the team’s pitching coach, third base coach, and defensive instructor of catchers, helping produce three All-WAC pitchers, and one WAC Pitcher of the Year. Five of Curtis’ pitchers were drafted by professional organizations with another six signing professional contracts during his three-year tenure as pitching coach.
As the primary individual responsible for maintaining and monitoring the eligibility of his student-athletes at Fresno State, Curtis has seen one of his players receive Academic All-American honors, another 41 named to the Academic All-WAC Team, with numerous players each season receiving academic recognition from the university.
A four-year letterwinner at Fresno State, Curtis started 155 games for former head coach Bob Bennett. Curtis can be found on numerous program Top-ten lists including games played (215), at-bats (761), hits (235), runs (144), doubles (52), walks (116), and RBIs (127). Curtis ranks fourth all-time with 52 career doubles, 22 of which were earned in 1995 when he finished atop the WAC statistics in that category.
During his time as a Bulldog student-athlete, his baseball team competed in four NCAA Regionals and won two WAC Championships in 1993 and 1995. A two-time WAC Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (1994-95), Curtis also earned WAC Academic-All Conference and WAC All-Conference Catcher accolades shortly after the 1995 season concluded.
After his stellar career with the Bulldogs, Curtis was drafted in the 28th round of the 1996 MLB First Year Players Draft by the then California Angels. In his inaugural season as a professional, Curtis set a single season Midwest League record for doubles and was named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team. During his five seasons of professional baseball, he received the Ray Perry Award – given to Northern California’s most outstanding first year minor league player – and reached the Double-A level as a member of both the Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians organizations.
Curtis graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1998 and earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2001 from Fresno State.For his accomplishments and successes earned as a student-athlete and coach at Fresno State, Curtis was selected in the 2003 class of inductees into the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
USC baseball great and former major leaguer Gabe Alvarez is set to enter his eight season as an assistant coach at USC in 2017-18 season.
Alvarez’s work with the Trojan infielders paid off during the 2017 season. The Trojans finished with a .971 fielding percentage, good for 17th in the nation. In addition to his work with infielders, Alvarez has earned a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the country. Alvarez has helped bring in multiple classes ranked in the top 25 nationally. In 2016, he was ranked 21st in recruiting in the nation according to D1 Baseball, receiving the most first place votes of any coach in the Pac-12.
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 8 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 7 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.
He was a second-round selection in the 1995 major league baseball draft by the San Diego Padres and played three seasons in the major leagues (1998-2000). He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. He made his debut in 1998 with the Tigers, batting .231 with 5 home runs and 29 RBI. He was eventually traded to the San Diego Padres in 2000, where he finished his career by playing 92 total major league games.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bob Batesole, a USC great as a player from 1980-83, is set to enter his second season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach.
He returns to USC after being on staff at Chapman University in 2016. Prior to his time at Chapman, he coached at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he helped the Warriors to an 80-36 record from 2014-15.
Prior to his stop at Westmont, Batesole coached at nearby Orange Coast College from 2009-13, helping OCC to a 110-50-1 record.