Dave Serrano

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Dave Serrano
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Tennessee
Conference SEC
Record 130–138 (.485)
Biographical details
Born (1964-06-28) June 28, 1964 (age 52)
Torrance, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988-1990 Cerritos College (AC)
1991 Cerritos College
1992-94 Cerritos College (AC)
1995-1996 Tennessee (AC)
1997-2004 CSUF Titans (PC)
2005-2007 UC Irvine
2007-2011 CSUF Titans
2012-present Tennessee
Head coaching record
Overall 418-277-1 (.602)
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.

Playing career[edit]

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 Cal State Fullerton in 1986, recording a 3-4 mark with one save in 15 appearances. He earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity College and University.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

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,[2] 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.[3]

Serrano was announced as the Tennessee Volunteers baseball head coach on June 15, 2011.[4] He replaced Todd Raleigh.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2005–2007)
2005 UC Irvine 31–25 10–11 5th
2006 UC Irvine 36–24 11–10 3rd NCAA Regional
2007 UC Irvine 47–17–1 15–6 T–2nd College World Series
UC Irvine: 114–66–1 36–27
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)
2012 Tennessee 24–31 8–22 6th (East)
2013 Tennessee 22–30 8–20 6th (East)
2014 Tennessee 31–23 12–18 5th (East)
2015 Tennessee 24–26 11–18 6th (East)
2016 Tennessee 29–28 9–21 T–6th (East)
Tennessee: 130–138 48-99
Total: 418–277–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


He and his second wife, Tracy, have three sons: Kyle (19), Zachary(17), and Parker(11).[citation needed] Kyle plays for Dave at Tennessee.[6]

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