John Savage (baseball)
|Record||49-17 (21-9 Conference)|
|Born||February 27, 1965|
|1987||Salt Lake City Trappers|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Reno High School (assistant coach)
Nevada (assistant coach)
USC (pitching coach)
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||410-305-1 (166-134 Conference)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2013 CWS National Championship
2013 National Coach of the Year (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper)
2013 West Region Coach of the Year (ABCA)
2010 National Coach of the Year (CollegeBaseballInsider.com)
1998 Assist. Coach of Year (Collegiate Baseball)
Prior to becoming a coach, Savage played two years with the Cincinnati Reds organization, after three years playing at Santa Clara University. In 1987, he then helped the Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record of 29 consecutive victories.
In 1991, Savage received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Nevada.
Savage's coaching career started at his alma mater Reno (NV) High School as a pitching coach in 1988. Between 1992 and 2000, Savage was an assistant coach at Nevada and USC. During this period, his teams won one National Championship, and played in 5 Regionals and 2 Super-Regionals.
Head coaching career
Savage was the head baseball coach of the UC Irvine Anteaters baseball program from 2002 to 2004. Under Savage, UC Irvine had a record of 88-84-1 (32-34 Conference) and participated in the South Bend Regional in 2004.
UCLA went 15-41 in 2005, its first season under Savage. In 2006, the program qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where it went 1-2 in the Malibu Regional. In 2007, the team advanced to the Super Regional round.
The 2008 team became UCLA's first to appear in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. In the regular season, UCLA played 18 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's weekly top-25 poll. Savage helped lead the Bruins to series victories in three of the team's four Pac-10 road series.
In 2010, Savage's team advanced to the College World Series by defeating the defending National Champion LSU Tigers in the Los Angeles Regional and the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the Los Angeles Super Regional. The Bruins finished the season in second place, losing two games to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Championship Series. He was named the national Coach of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2010. He was also named 2010 NCAA Division I Western Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
In 2012, he led UCLA to the College World Series by defeating TCU in the Los Angeles Super Regional. The Bruins finished the season in 5th place, losing to Arizona and Florida State in the second round.
In 2013, he guided UCLA to the College World Series by defeating Cal State Fullerton. This was the team's third appearance in the College World Series in four years. The team defeated No. 1-seed North Carolina (4–1) to advance to the Championship series where they beat Mississippi State to win the NCAA national title. He was named the National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America, and the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year. After winning the first national CWS championship, Savage agreed to extend his contract with UCLA to 2025 with an increase in salary.
|UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2002–2004)|
|2004||UC Irvine||34–23–1||10–11||T–4th||NCAA Regional|
|UCLA Bruins (Pac-12 Conference) (2005–present)|
|2007||UCLA||33–28||14–10||3rd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2010||UCLA||51–17||18–9||2nd||College World Series Runner-up|
|2012||UCLA||47–14||20–10||T–1st||College World Series|
|2013||UCLA||49–17||21–9||3rd||NCAA CWS Championship|
Savage and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Julia, Jack, Ryan and Gabrielle.
- #22 John Savage, UCLABruins.com, 2010
- Savage Named CBI Coach of the Year, CollegeBaseballInsider.com, June 28, 2010
- Olson, Eric (2013-06-25). "UCLA finally adds baseball to record title haul". Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- UCLA’s Savage Named Coach Of The Year, Baseballnews.com, June 27, 2013
- Hiserman, Mike (July 3, 2013). "John Savage to stay as UCLA's baseball coach". LA Times. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
- Erickson, Andrew (September 25, 2013). "UCLA extends John Savage’s contract with $1.125 million max compensation". Daily Bruin. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
- "John Savage Biography". Retrieved March 19, 2014.
- Yoon, Peter (May 31, 2012). "With Savage, UCLA baseball has arrived". ESPN. Retrieved March 19, 2014.