Fowler Park and Cunningham Field ... Home of all Torero Baseball Camps
Fowler Park and Cunningham Field opened its doors on February 15, 2013, and serves as the state-of-the-art home to USD baseball team.read more
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 29th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 18th at USD, having enjoyed 26 winning seasons in 29 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.
Under his watchful leadership, USD has now produced three consecutive first round picks in Kris Bryant, Conner Joe and Kyle Holder. USD has had 40 players sign a pro contract in the last seven years, the Toreros have been ranked at some point during the season for 10 consecutive years, and USD has been tabbed the WCC preseason favorite for eight consecutive years (2007-14).
Hill once again found his team on top of the WCC standings in 2015, as San Diego posted an impressive 19-8 overall league record. Led by the WCC Player of the Year, Kyle Holder, WCC Pitcher of the Year, David Hill, and WCC Freshman of the Year, Bryson Brigman, San Diego was a dominate force to be reckoned with. USD was able to claim the WCC title in a three-game series against the defending champion Pepperdine Waves, which had one-year prior, defeated USD in a three-game series to claim the 2014 title from the Toreros. At season’s end, Holder was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft, marking the third consecutive year, USD had produced a first-round draft pick.
Brad Marcelino is entering his fifth year with the Toreros baseball program, during his 4 seasons the Toreros have compiled a 144-84 record. Marcelino is USD’s hitting coach, outfield and base running coach. He has coached 3 consecutive 1st rounders (all position players): Kris Bryant (#2 pick – Chicago Cubs), Connor Joe (39th pick – Pittsburgh Pirates), Kyle Holder (30th pick – New York Yankees). Two of those 1st rounders were previously un drafted. He also runs the team camps and north county camps. The team camps at USD have garnered a reputation to bring out the best talent on the West Coast to the campus of USD. He has brought in 100+ high school/travel teams from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, to experience the USD environment. Over Marcelino’s 10 year coaching career he has helped 36 of his players sign professional contracts.”
2015 – USD had another 30+ win season highlighted by sweeping No. 8 Texas, winning a series at No. 7 Mississippi State, and beating No. 12 Cal State Fullerton. Kyle Holder a previously un drafted player was a semi-finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award which recognizes the nation’s top shortstop. Holder went on to win WCC player of the year as well as third team All America honors. The New York Yankees drafted Holder in the 1st round. Bryson Brigman won WCC Freshman of the Year and also Freshman All-American. Bryson continued his great year by being named to Team USA for the summer. Jesse Jenner another previously un drafted player was drafted in the 7th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Austin Bailey who was All-WCC honorable mention and also previously un drafted was drafted in the 21st round by the Kansas City Royals.
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.
Assistant Coach / Pitching Coach
Rich Hill, head coach for the USD baseball team, announced the addition of Nathan Choate to his staff where he will serve as the USD pitching coach. Choate has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Grand Canyon University the past five years.
“We are extremely blessed and fortunate to have a person like Nathan Choate represent USD in the position of pitching coach,” Hill said. “He’s highly regarded for his ability to develop pitchers and recruit outstanding student-athletes. We have a lot of great arms coming in next season and he is a perfect fit for where the program is right now.”
Prior to his time at Grand Canyon, Choate spent four years at UC Riverside, where he served as the Highlanders’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, helping 11 pitchers get drafted by MLB clubs, including Joe Kelly (Boston Red Sox) and Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay Rays)
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Mark Viramontes brings a wealth of baseball coaching experience to the Torero coaching staff beginning in 2016. This marks Viramontes’ second stint with Rich Hill and the Torero baseball program, having also been on staff from 2006-09.Viramontes comes to USD after serving as an assistant coach for Saint Mary’s College the past two seasons. Viramontes joined the Gaels staff for the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons at San Diego State. While an Aztec, he served both as the director of player development and volunteer assistant. After his stint at Saint Mary’s, Viramontes spent the fall of 2015 at California, assisting with the baseball program in all facets, prior to coming to USD.
Prior to working at San Diego State, Viramontes coached four seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, he served as the catching coach and helped run the team’s baseball operations office. Viramontes helped lead USD to back-to-back 40-win seasons in 2007 and 2008, and helped guide the Toreros to a No. 9 national seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The 2008 Toreros posted the most wins in program history of 44, and reached the Long Beach Regional championship game, but fell to eventual national champion Fresno State. In 2005, he served as an assistant coach at Cal State Los Angeles, working with outfielders and running the team’s weight training program.