USC Trojans baseball
|University||University of Southern California|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Head Coach||Dan Hubbs (1st year)|
|Home Stadium||Dedeaux Field
|1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1998|
|College World Series Runner-up|
|College World Series Appearances|
|1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005|
The USC Trojans baseball program represents the University of Southern California in college baseball. Established in 1888, the team is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Pacific-12 Conference. The head coach of the Trojans is Dan Hubbs, who has held the position since the start of the 2013 season. USC home's field is Dedeaux Field, which is named in honor of former coach Rod Dedeaux.
The USC Trojans are arguably the most dominant program in the history of college baseball. With 12 baseball national championships, USC is far and away the leader in that category; no other school has more than six. Since 1924, the Trojans have compiled a record of 2,221-1,093-15 (.669) against college opponents, and have captured outright or tied for 38 conference championships. USC's most notable baseball coach was Rod Dedeaux, who coached from 1942 from 1986 and led the school to 11 of its NCAA crowns, including five straight from 1970 to 1974. The first Trojan national championship came in 1948. The 12th and most recent title came in 1998.
- 1 History
- 1.1 The early years
- 1.2 Sam Crawford era
- 1.3 Sam Barry era
- 1.4 Barry-Dedeaux years
- 1.5 Rod Dedeaux era
- 1.5.1 1958 National Championship
- 1.5.2 1961 National Championship
- 1.5.3 1963 National Championship
- 1.5.4 1968 National Championship
- 1.5.5 1970 National Championship
- 1.5.6 1971 National Championship
- 1.5.7 1972 National Championship
- 1.5.8 1973 National Championship
- 1.5.9 1974 National Championship
- 1.5.10 1978 National Championship
- 1.5.11 Retirement and Legacy
- 1.6 Post Rod Dedeaux
- 2 Dedeaux Field
- 3 Head coaches
- 4 Year-by-Year Results
- 5 National Championships
- 6 USC in the NCAA Tournament
- 7 NCAA records
- 8 Player awards
- 9 See also
- 10 References
The early years
The Trojans began recognizing baseball as a school sport in 1889. As with many programs during the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Trojans lacked a consistent head coach, when they even had one at all. It wasn't until 1908 that the Trojans had an official head coach, Harvey Holmes, but Holmes only coached the team for 1 year. Holmes also coached other sports at USC including football and track. The team would get another coach during the 1911 season, Curtiss Bernard. Bernard also only coached for a year, and in 1912 the Trojans once again had a one-year coach in Len Burrell.
During the World War I years, the USC baseball team was made up mostly of law school students, but opened the team up to all students for the 1916 and 1917 season. Following the conclusion of the war, the baseball team was coached by "Gloomy Gus" Henderson in 1920. Henderson would join forces with Willis Hunter as co-coaches for the 1921 season, but the team was left without a coach for the 1922 season. In 1923 the team was coached by George Wheeler, who also coached the law students during the 1914 season. Wheeler coached the team for a year, and would mark the last time the Trojan baseball team has lacked consistency at the coaching position.
Sam Crawford era
Sam Crawford took over as head coach of USC baseball in 1924. Crawford would mark the end of inconsistency at the coaching ranks for the baseball program. During his tenure, the program slowly began to rise to national prominence, and Crawford helped to create the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association in 1927. Crawford coached the Trojans for 6 years before turning the reigns over to Sam Barry. All in all, Crawford compiled a record of 59-46-3, including a second place finish during the initial campaign for the CIBA.
Sam Barry era
In 1930, Sam Barry took over the USC baseball program and immediately built off the success his predecessor had. On his arrival at USC in 1929, he was named head basketball coach, and was made an assistant for the USC football team under his friend and colleague, Howard Jones. When Jones died suddenly in 1941, Barry was named his successor, and served as head coach for all three major USC sports teams simultaneously. Barry won the CIBA title in his first year finishing 11-2 and 25-5-1 overall. During the next decade, Barry would claim four more CIBA titles. Barry coached the Trojans from 1930-1941 before joining the Navy during World War II. As he left, he recommended that Jeff Cravath become the head football coach, Julie Bescos become the head basketball coach, and Rod Dedeaux, the captain of his 1935 team, become the head baseball coach. Upon his return, Barry would resume coaching the Trojans alongside Dedeaux. Barry finished with a career mark of 219-89-3. He remains only one of three coaches to coach a Final Four game and in a College World Series. Barry was elected to the inaugural class of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1966.
When Sam Barry returned from World War II in 1946, Barry and Dedeaux served as co-coaches, with Dedeaux running the team each year until Barry finished the basketball season. The arrangement was so successful that USC won the College World Series in 1948.
1948 National Championship
After finishing the season 40-12-1, USC met Yale for 1948 NCAA Division I baseball championship at the second College World Series. The CWS in 1948 was a best 2-out-of-3 format. The games were played on June 25 and June 26, with June 26 being a doubleheader if necessary. USC won the first game, 3-1 to take a 1-0 series lead, but lost game 2 by a score of 8-3. The third and final game immediately followed game 2. USC scored a run in the first inning and never looked back. USC claimed their first National Championship with a game 3 victory, 9-2. Although USC won, they were unable to prevent future President of the United States of America, George Bush, from collecting a double in the final game.
Rod Dedeaux era
After being co-head coach in 1942 with his former college coach Sam Barry, Dedeaux took over the USC program in 1943. Barry recommended Dedeaux to coach the team when Sam Barry joined the Navy. Dedeaux coached the Trojans by himself for the next three years, until once again joining forces with Barry as co-head coaches. After Barry's death in September 1950, Dedeaux became the sole coach of USC baseball.
After taking over in 1951, Dedeaux became the sole coach and proceeded to build on the early success to establish the strongest program in collegiate baseball. The Trojans claimed 11 straight CIBA titles in Dedeaux first 11 years. The Trojans claimed 9 outright titles and tied for 1st in 1953 and 1957. Following the 1957 campaign, Dedeaux's team finished the season 36-8 overall and earned the first of his 10 national titles as sole coach.
1958 National Championship
1961 National Championship
1963 National Championship
1968 National Championship
1970 National Championship
1971 National Championship
1972 National Championship
1973 National Championship
1974 National Championship
1978 National Championship
Retirement and Legacy
After a total of 45 years as head coach of USC, Dedeaux decided to retire following the 1986 campaign. Dedeaux drastically changed college baseball and left historic marks on the sport that might never be touched. All in all, Dedeaux won a total of 11 national championships, 10 by himself and 1 with Sam Barry, compiled a record of 1,332-571-11, and completed and unbelievable stretch of 37 years without a losing season. He retired as the winningest coach in college baseball history and held that distinction until 1994 when Texas head coach Cliff Gustafson broke it.
While he was at USC, Dedeaux also served as coach of the United States team at both the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with baseball being a demonstration sport prior to its elevation to full medal status in 1988.
Following his retirement, Dedeaux became the Director of Baseball for USC, and for the rest of his life remained a beloved annual presence at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The field the Trojans currently play their games at is named after him. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1970, and in 1999 was named the Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Dedeaux died at age 91 in Glendale, California, of complications from a December 2, 2005, stroke. He was survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Helen Jones, and their four children. On July 4, 2006, he was a member of the first class of inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Post Rod Dedeaux
Following a legend is never an easy task, but USC reached out to one of Rod Dedeaux's former players to replace the recently retired coach. Gillespie played under Dedeaux from 1960–1962, and after a successful coaching stint at the College of the Canyons, Gillespie was named just the 4th Head Coach of USC since 1924.
1998 National Championship
Gillespie was named National Coach of the year in 1998.
Retirement and legacy
After 20 years as the head coach of the Trojans, Gillespie decided to step down following the 2006 season. During his career, Gillespie kept Trojan baseball in the spotlight, especially in the years leading up to and following the 1998 championship. He finished with an overall record of 763-471-2 during his tenure as coach of the Trojans. As a result of his success, Gillespie earned the honor to coach the 2000 USA National Team. During his tenure he was named Pac-10 coach of the year 4 times, while his teams produced 44 All-America selections 94 draft picks, and 25 major league players.
After sitting out the 2007 season, Gillespie was named coach of the UC Irvine Anteaters in September 2007. Gillespie replaced Dave Serrano, who had just guided the Anteaters to their first CWS appearance but left to take over at Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, after George Horton left Fullerton to head the new program at Oregon.
In June 2006, Chad Kreuter became only the fourth man to earn the title of Head Baseball Coach at USC. Kreuter replaced his father-in-law, Mike Gillespie, after Gillespie retired. Kreuter was charged with restoring USC baseball into a national powerhouse once again, and stated his two main goals were to get to Omaha and prepare his players for the Major Leagues.
Kreuter failed to make the post-season in each of his four years. He had a combined record of 111-117 during his four years as head coach, never posting a winning record. During his tenure, the Trojans twice finished in last place in the Pac-10, and never higher than 5th in the conference. Although his players flourished in the classroom, he came under heavy criticism late in his tenure. He was relieved of his duties in August 2010 and replaced by assistant coach and former Loyola Marymount head coach Frank Cruz.
Dedeaux field is a baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California. it is the home field for the University of Southern California Trojans college baseball team. It is named after the former USC legendary coach Rod Dedeaux, who coached from 1942 to 1986. The Trojans moved into the ballpark in 1974, the same year they won their fifth consecutive College World Series title. After many renovations, the current capacity is 2,500 people.
- Records are through the end of the 2013 Season
Through the end of the 2013 season.