Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2015 spring season will be Hill's 27th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 17th at USD, having enjoyed 24 winning seasons in 27 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in re-writing the school record book en route to claiming back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002 2003 and also claiming the WCC crown in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
In 2012, Hill led the Toreros to the third best record in program history at 40-17. This Torero squad became the second San Diego team to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Regionals, as USD competed in the UCLA Regional. Under Hill's tutelage, USD had 12 players earn All-WCC accolades, and the Toreros produced four All-Americans in Kris Bryant, Michael Wagner, while both Andrew Daniel and Austin Bailey took home Freshman All-American honors.
In 2010, Hill helped lead USD to a WCC record-setting 19-2 record in league play en rout to the WCC championship. Hill also helped guide 10 Toreros to All-WCC honors including the WCC Player of the Year James Meador and the WCC Pitcher of the Year Kyle Blair. USD made its sixth appearance in the NCAA Regionals as they received the No. 2 seed in the Tempe Regional and the Toreros also had a program record 10 players drafted in the Major League Baseball draft.
In 2008, Hill led the Toreros to a second consecutive WCC title and his freshman class was rated the No. 1 recruiting class in America according to Baseball America. USD posted the program's second 40-win season by setting the program record with a 44-17 mark. The Toreros received a program-best No. 5 preseason national ranking by Rivals.com and USD remained in the top-25 all season long and ended the regular-season ranked No. 6 Hill helped guide Brian Matusz to the WCC Pitcher of the Year award and the No. 4 overall pick in the MLB draft. Hill also guided 10 Toreros to All-WCC honors. Hill was also tabbed as the WC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
\Tyler Kincaid is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Toreros. Kincaid serves as USD's pitching coach and helps assist head coach Rich Hill with all aspects of the game.
Kincaid's work with the pitchers has been evident with the development of their staff. In his time on "The Hill", the Toreros have:
· Advanced to 3 NCAA Regionals - 2010, 2012, 2013
· Advanced to Los Angeles Regional Final - 2013
· 2010 West Coast Conference Champions
· 2013 West Coast Conference Tournament Champions
· 18 Pitchers selected in MLB amateur draft (11 had never previously been drafted; 5 improved previous slot)
· 3 Louisville Slugger All-Americans - One 2nd Team, Two 3rd Team
· 2 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans
· 10 All WCC selections (Entire Weekend Rotation in 2010)
· 1 Unanimous WCC Pitcher of the Year - Kyle Blair
Ramon Orozco enters his ninth season overall at the University of San Diego and sixth as an assistant coach. Orozco will work primarily with the team's offense and catchers as well as the infielders.
In addition, Orozco also assists with recruiting and develops scouting reports. He has also been effective in developing players who have moved on to professional baseball. Orozco has been involved with 38 players drafted with 5 playing Major League Baseball. In his 15 years of coaching experience, 45 of his student-athletes have signed MLB contracts.
During Orozco's eight seasons on the Torero staff, the Toreros have compiled a 286-175 record (.612), while advancing to the NCAA Tournament five times.
Brad Marcelino is entering his fourth year with the Toreros baseball program, during his 3 seasons the Toreros have compiled a 111-62 record. Marcelino will primarily be responsible for working with the hitterâ€TMs and outfielders. He also runs USDâ€TMs team camps and north county camps. During the team camps he has brought in 75+ high school/travel teams from Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and California to experience the USD environment. Over Marcelinoâ€TMs 10 year coaching career he has helped 32 of his players sign professional contracts.
2014 - Helped lead USD to an overall record of 36-20. Senior LHP/OF and 2-way standout Louie Lechich, Andrew Daniel and Connor Joe earned 3rd Team All-American honors as well as 1st Team All WCC. Seven players were selected in the MLB Draft including three position players : Joe (1st Rd - Pirates) Lechich (6th Rd - White Sox), Daniel (11th Rd - Angels). The Toreros were tops in the NCAA - ranked 3rd in team batting average, 7th in slugging percentage, 8th in on base percentage, 9th in doubles, 10th in scoring, 22nd in runs, 23rd in homeruns and 26th in hits.
2013 - USD earned a berth to the inaugural WCC Tournament, and helped them to the championship out of the losers bracket. With the championship, the Toreros earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Regional. At UCLA, they advanced to the Regional Championship game after defeating both SDSU and Cal Poly, but losing to UCLA - the eventual National Champion. Junior Kris Bryant earned the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Award as well as 1st team All-American and WCC Co-Player of the year as well as 1st Team All WCC. AJ Robinson, Austin Green and Connor Joe also earned 1st team All WCC. Eight players were selected in the MLB draft including three position players: Kris Bryant (1st Rd - Cubs), Austin Green (13th Rd - Tigers), and Dillion Haupt (20th Rd - White Sox).