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Baseball Camp Testimonials
Matteo had a blast - he had never laughed so hard playing the sport he loves. He had his first pickle and stolen bases. He loved hugging all of his favorite USD players who encouraged him to very much. It was an amazing day for him and me. My 12 year old son has had many baseball clinics, but Matteo has never been able to do them - too hard, not accessible, and too competitive. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I would love to give them back a bit of our family and go root them on during one of their games. Let us know". Miracle League Parent
" Another awesome weekend at The Miracle League enabled my son to feel special, successful at playing baseball (his favorite sport), and give many high fives to an amazing group of young men. The 2 stations set up allowed for all players to strengthen their skills in batting (and running the bases - Matteo had his first pickle and we had so many home run hitters!!), in-fielding (getting the USD baseball players out was a hit!!), pitching (balls, and strikes were practiced - even some curves), and out-fielding (pop fly practices were fun). I want to thank the USD baseball team for all coming out and supporting our players, teaching them valuable skills for them to be better baseball players, and incredible role models to emulate. There were tons of smiles, thousands of high fives, slides, home runs, and most of all, many, many happy faces. Thank you from a mom and player who really appreciate your time, commitment, and passion for baseball. Thank you as well to The Miracle League for sponsoring this event, where our players could feel spectacular!!". Miracle League Parent
Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2011 spring season will be Hill's 23rd year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 13th at USD, having enjoyed 20 winning seasons in 22 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 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.
In 2007 Hill directed the Toreros to the program's first 40-win season, a program-best No. 4 national ranking and a No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Regionals, becoming the first school in the history of the conference to receive this honor. The Toreros also hosted the NCAA Regionals, bringing this event to the city of San Diego for the first time ever. The Toreros posted an impressive 18-3 record in the WCC including five consecutive series sweeps, a first at USD as well. Hill also eclipsed the 600 career win mark and moved over 300 wins as the USD skipper. For his efforts, he was awarded the WCC Coach of the Year distinction.
In the 2006 season, not only did Hill lead USD back to the postseason, but he also helped guide the Toreros to a, then program-best No. 8 national ranking in the Collegiate Baseball top-25 poll on Feb. 2, 2006. Other milestones that Hill achieved during this historic season was the team recorded its first win over a No. 1 ranked opponent as they swept the defending national champion Texas Longhorns in the opening weekend. Hill became the third coach in the history of the WCC to eclipse the 200 conference wins mark has an overall coaching record of 715-481-3.
Under his leadership San Diego has averaged 33 wins per season, including winning a school record 44 games in 2008, a year in which Hill was honored by his peers as the WCC Coach of the Year. Hill became one of the youngest coaches in collegiate history to reach 500 career victories in 2003, taking USD into postseason play and a second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.
Scheduling the nation's top competition, Hill owns a 419-283-3 overall record as San Diego's manager. In turn, Hill has brought the school national notoriety, earning a No. 4 national ranking by Collegiate Baseball, its highest in school history during the 2007 season.
Following a 35-21 season in 2004, seven of Hill's eight graduating seniors signed professional contracts. That same season a record 10 USD players were recognized as All-WCC performers, with five players being selected in the `04 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Hill is a proven winner. He has a record of success in each of his three head coaching stops - first at his alma mater Cal Lutheran. In his first head coaching job as the manager at Cal Lu, he won 83% of his games during his final three seasons (1991-93). Hill led Cal Lutheran to a record of 194-76 (.719) over six seasons, including two World Series appearances. His 1990 team won the first-ever district championship in school history. His 1992 squad posted a 43-6 record before falling a couple of outs shy of the NCAA Division III title, while the 1993 team finished first in the Western Region with a 32-7 record. Under Hill's guidance, the Kingsmen knocked off Division I opponents such as USC, Pepperdine, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge. During his six seasons at Cal Lutheran, 92 percent of his players received their degrees Hill was hired by The University of San Francisco in 1994, taking the Dons from the WCC cellar to a 34-win season in his final year in 1998. During a five-year coaching stint at San Francisco (1994-1998), Hill posted three consecutive winning seasons, including a school best 18 wins in the West Coast Conference in 1998 as the Dons finished tied with USD for third place in the WCC. Over his final three seasons there, Hill guided USF to upper division finishes in the WCC; and posted three straight winning seasons, including two campaigns of 30 or more victories. Hill's track record boasts record-breaking seasons for wins in a single season at Cal Lu (43), USD (44) and Chatham in Cape League (35).
In addition to his collegiate coaching positions, Hill was head coach for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League between 1990-93, winning the league title in 1992 with a franchise record of 35-11. He has twice been recognized as the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year (1992, 1993); was the 1992 Cape Cod Baseball League "Manager of the Year"; was twice named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1992, 1993); and twice was the recipient of the California Lutheran Alumni Career Excellence Award (1993, 1994). Hill's assistants have gone on to successful careers in baseball, including five earning head coaching positions, and two with administrative positions with Major League clubs.
Hill has made his mark off the field as well. He has been an advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He started an innovative peer-mentoring program with his USF team. Dons players and coaching staff volunteered at the nearby Hamilton Community Center, reading stories and playing games with homeless children. Furthermore, Hill is a speaker and clinician at various conventions and camps throughout the region.
Hill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (Physical Education) in 1985 from California Lutheran University. After playing one season with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1985 (Single A affiliate in Savannah, Georgia), he returned to his alma mater where he earned his Master of Science degree in Education in 1988. Rich and his wife, Lori, live in San Diego with their two children, Robbie (18) and Lindsey (15).
Associate Head Coach
Johnson is entering his sixth season with the Toreros. During his first five seasons at USD, he has been instrumental in helping guide USD to four trips to the NCAA Postseason (2006-08 and 2010) and three WCC Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2010 while assisting head coach Rich Hill with all aspects of the game.
Johnson serves as USD's Associate Head Coach and hitting coach, while also taking on the roll of recruiting coordinator. He helped recruit USD's 2008 class, which was ranked number one in the nation by Baseball America. The Toreros 2010 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the nation. In three of his first five seasons, the Toreros ranked first in the WCC in team hitting (2006, 2007, and 2009).
Under his guidance, the Toreros have produces three of the last four WCC Player's of the Year with Shane Buschini taking home the honor is 2007 and James Meador taking home the award in 2009 and again in 2010. Johnson also helped guide Josh Romanski to the WCC Freshman of the Year award in 2006 and he has also helped guide 32 Toreros to All-WCC honors in his four seasons.
In 2008, Johnson was instrumental in helping lead the Toreros to their second consecutive 40-win season, as the Toreros set a program-record with a 44 wins. Johnson helped lead USD to the championship game of the Long Beach Regional, and he helped lead six position players to All-WCC accolades.
Johnson helped guide the Toreros to the programs first 40-win season in 2007 with a 43-18 overall record, as well as a program-best No. 4 national ranking and a No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. With his guidance, the Toreros had eight players earn first-team All-WCC honors. Also under his guidance, the team defeated 10 pitchers on the Roger Clemens Award watch list.
In 2006, Johnson helped guide the Toreros to the 2006 Fullerton regional; facing one of the toughest schedules in the country; the Toreros compiled wins against five first round draft picks including current Major Leaguers Tim Linsecum, David Price, and Justin Masterson.
Johnson, the head coach at nearby Point Loma Nazarene prior to coming to USD, did a remarkable job at PLNU, leading the NAIA Sea Lions to a national ranking as high as No.6 and a 2005 Golden State Athletic Conference-Southern Division Championship. During four seasons at Point Loma Nazarene, three as an assistant before becoming the head coach in 2005, Johnson and the Sea Lions made four consecutive trips to the NAIA Region II Championships and established a Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) record with 47 wins in 2004 while claiming the GSAC championship, as well as finishing third in the NAIA College World Series. The 2004 team was also awarded the Hank Burbridge NAIA team Champions of Character award. In the spring of 2005 Johnson guided Point Loma Nazarene to a 37-16 overall mark, winning the 2005 GSAC-Southern Division Championship and finishing the season ranked No. 19 nationally. Seven of Jay's players at PLNU moved on to play professional baseball.
An outstanding high school and collegiate athlete, Johnson was the starting second baseman at Point Loma Nazarene in 1999 and 2000, hitting .326 during his senior season in 2000. Prior to PLNU, Johnson played at Shasta Junior College. As a prep athlete at Oroville High School, Johnson was a First Team All-CIF Northern Section pick in both baseball and football.
Johnson earned a degree in Physical Education at PLNU in 2001 and later acquired a Master's degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University.
Tyler Kincaid enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Toreros. Kincaid will serve as USD's pitching coach and help assist head coach Rich Hill with all aspects of the game.
In only his first season with the program, Kincaid helped guide the Toreros to the WCC championship, as well as guided Kyle Blair to the 2010 WCC Pitcher of the Year award. The Toreros pitching staff flourished under his tutelage, as Kincaid helped his entire weekend rotation and two closers get drafted in the 2010 draft and USD led the WCC in strikeouts with 543.
Kincaid came to the Toreros from nearby Palomar College, where he had served as the pitching coach from 2005-09. In 2009, Palomar finished the season with an overall record of 36-13-1, winning the Pacific Coast Conference Championship and setting a new school record for wins. Kincaid's pitching staff ranked No. 1 in California with a team ERA of 2.60.
During his tenure at Palomar, the Comets twice won the conference title, advanced to the playoffs three times, and led the conference in ERA three times. Kincaid coached two California Community College All-Americans, one first-team All-Southern California selection, one second-team All-State honoree, and six first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference selections. Kincaid helped develop and move on twenty-six pitchers to four year institutions, of which nine moved on to Division I, and three were taken in the MLB amateur draft.
Prior to working at Palomar College, Kincaid had success at San Francisco State as the pitching coach from 2002-2005, where he helped lead the 2004 Gator pitching staff to its first 30-win season since 1995, the lowest team ERA since 1991 at 4.99, and its first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1990-91 seasons.
He has also served as the pitching coach with the Chatham A's baseball team in the prestigious Cape Cod League for five summers. In the summers of 2005 and 2006, he helped guide the A's pitching staff to the second lowest ERA in the league, while also giving up the fewest number of hits. The A's advanced to the Cape Cod playoffs in three of the five years Kincaid coached them and he coached two of the Most Outstanding Pitcher award winners of the CBBL in current Major Leaguer Andrew Miller (2005) from North Carolina and former USC pitcher Tom Milone (2007). Eleven of his pitchers were CCBL All Star selections.
Kincaid earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology - Physical Education from San Francisco State in 2001, and he holds a masters degree in Secondary Education from San Francisco State that he earned in 2005. Kincaid recently married his wife Jennifer, on July 23, 2010 and they two reside in Carlsbad, Calif.
Ramon Orozco is entering his fourth season with the Toreros baseball program, and second as an assistant coach. Orozco is in charge of the catchers, first basemen, and assists Associate Head Coach Jay Johnson with the hitting. He also assists head coach Rich Hill with all aspects of the game, including on-campus recruiting, and serving as camp coordinator for the youth winter camps.
Orozco brings a wealth of coaching experience to the USD coaching staff as he was most recently an assistant coach in Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL). Orozco was in charge of the offense for the HCBL champion Kamuela Paniolos. His team led the league in homeruns and was second in total runs scored. Ramon has also been an assistant under current USD Assistant Coach Mark Viramontes of the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate Summer League. During his first season as a pitching coach, he helped guide them to the regular- season Co-Championship. During the season, Orozco helped the team post a franchise-best 25-19 overall record and the second lowest earned run average in the CICL.
Prior to work with Kamuela Paniolos and the DuPage Dragons, Orozco has served as an assistant coach for Glendale Community College. He served as the Vaqueros infield and first base coach. In addition to his coaching duties, Orozco served as an academic adviser and mentor to his players. Eight of his players moved onto four year universities and one player (Jason Botts) was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Botts debuted with the Texas Rangers in 2005.
Orozco played his college baseball at Los Angeles Mission College and California Lutheran University. While at CLU he was a member of two Division III Western Regional teams. His senior year Orozco helped CLU win a Western Regional Championship and a College World Series appearance. CLU finished eighth in the final polls of 1998.
Orozco earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1999 from California Lutheran University. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Cross-Cultural Education that he earned in 2002 from National University, and the other is a Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of La Verne that he received in 2005.