The University of San Diego baseball program has had six West Coast Conference Championships and eight NCAA regional appearances since 2002, and a piece of the credit belongs to Cal Lutheran.
Former CLU baseball coach and Hall-of-Famer Rich Hill ’85, M.S. ’88, has been head coach of the NCAA Division I program since 1999. Former Kingsmen Ramon Orozco ’99 and Brad Marcelino ’07 are members of his coaching staff.
Under Hill’s leadership, USD is coming off another season in which it reached the NCAA regionals. The team has been ranked in the nation’s top 40 for nine consecutive seasons.
Coach Hill credits his assistants with contributing to the “unparalleled success” of USD baseball and, specifically, the development of third baseman and slugger Kris Bryant, the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy winner (the Heisman of college baseball) and No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft.
As head baseball coach at Cal Lutheran from l988 to 1993, Hill led the Kingsmen to their first-ever district championship and two World Series appearances while compiling a record of 194-76. He was inducted into the Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.