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|Team||University of Tennessee|
June 28, 1964 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Cerritos College (AC)
Cerritos College (AC)
CSUF Titans (PC)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2008 Big West Conference
2010 Big West Conference
2011 Big West Conference
2007 Baseball America National Coach of the Year
2010 Big West Coach of the Year
Dave Serrano is an American college baseball coach, who has been the head baseball coach of the Tennessee Volunteers since the start of the 2012 season. Serrano formerly served as head coach for the CSUF Titans from 2008 to 2011 and UC Irvine from 2005 to 2007.
Serrano graduated from Cerritos High School in 1982 and pitched two seasons at Cerritos College. He went 12-1 and earned JC All-American honors in 1985 while leading the Falcons to a 39-5 record and a state championship. Serrano then pitched for Fullerton State in 1986, recording a 3-4 mark with one save in 15 appearances. He earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity College and University.
He began his coaching career as an assistant to George Horton at Cerritos College in 1988. He succeeded Horton for the 1991 season after Horton left to become associate head coach to Augie Garrido at Cal State Fullerton. Serrano returned to assistant coaching duties for 1992-94 for the Falcons before going to Tennessee, where he served two seasons as pitching coach for Rod Delmonico. The Volunteers went 97-36 and made their first trip to Omaha in 44 years in 1995, when they were twice routed by Fullerton's third national championship team.
Serrano would become the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for former Titan head coach Horton and the Titans for the 1997 through 2004 seasons. During Serrano's 8-year tenure at Fullerton, the Titans went 356-154-1 (.698) and were in the NCAA Tournament every season. They won six Big West Conference championships, four NCAA Regionals and four NCAA Super Regionals to earn four trips to Omaha.
Every one of Serrano's Fullerton recruiting classes was ranked in the nation's Top 20. He also has nurtured a long list of pitchers who went on to play professionally, including Chad Cordero. He tutored six conference pitchers of the year and of the 25 All-American players at Fullerton during his tenure, 15 were pitchers.
He left after the Titans' fourth national championship to become head coach at UC Irvine, where he compiled a 114-66-1 (.633) record over three seasons and took the Anteaters to their first College World Series appearance in 2007. Their 47-17-1 season earned Serrano national coach of the year honors from Baseball America, which had ranked him as the nation's top assistant coach in 2004 with the Titans. He developed three more All-American pitchers at UCI.
Serrano took over the Fullerton State Titans baseball team in 2008. He led the Titans to the NCAA tournament every year that he served as head coach. He also helped guide the Titans to the College World Series in 2009. Serrano's teams went on to play in Super Regionals in each of his first three seasons with Fullerton. The 2008, 2010, and 2011 Titans teams won the Big West Conference Championships. He has compiled an overall record of 175-73 in his four seasons with the Titans.
Head coaching record
|UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2005–2007)|
|2006||UC Irvine||36–24||11–10||3rd||NCAA Regional|
|2007||UC Irvine||47–17–1||15–6||T–2nd||College World Series|
|Cal State Fullerton Titans (Big West Conference) (2008–2011)|
|2008||Cal State Fullerton||41–22||16–8||T–1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2009||Cal State Fullerton||47–16||17–7||2nd||College World Series|
|2010||Cal State Fullerton||46–18||21–3||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2011||Cal State Fullerton||41–17||19–5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|Cal State Fullerton:||175–73||73–23|
|Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
He and his second wife, Tracy, have three sons: Kyle (19), Zachary(17), and Parker(11).