John Savage (baseball)

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John Savage
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Biographical details
Born (1965-02-27) February 27, 1965 (age 52)
Playing career
1987 Salt Lake City Trappers
Position(s) Pitcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988 Reno High School (assistant coach)
1992–1996 Nevada (assistant coach)
1996–2000 USC (pitching coach)
2002–2004 UC-Irvine
2005–present UCLA
Head coaching record
Overall 505–382–2
Accomplishments and honors
2013 CWS National Championship
2015 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2013 National Coach of the Year (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper)
2013 West Region Coach of the Year (ABCA)
2010 National Coach of the Year (
1998 Assist. Coach of Year (Collegiate Baseball)

John Savage (born February 27, 1965) is currently the head baseball coach at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Early career[edit]

Before becoming a coach, Savage played two years with the Cincinnati Reds organization, after three years playing at Santa Clara University. In 1987, he 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[edit]

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 in 2010.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] After winning the first national CWS championship, Savage agreed to extend his contract with UCLA to 2025 with an increase in salary.[5][6]


UCLA vs. Florida at the 2010 CWS
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2002–2004)
2002 UC Irvine 33–26 14–10 T–4th
2003 UC Irvine 21–35 8–13 T–5th
2004 UC Irvine 34–23–1 10–11 T–4th NCAA Regional
UC Irvine: 88–84–1 30–34
UCLA Bruins (Pac-12 Conference) (2005–present)
2005 UCLA 15–41 4–20 8th
2006 UCLA 33–25 13–10 3rd NCAA Regional
2007 UCLA 33–28 14–10 3rd NCAA Super Regional
2008 UCLA 33–27 13–11 3rd NCAA Regional
2009 UCLA 27–29 15–12 T–3rd
2010 UCLA 51–17 18–9 2nd College World Series Runner-up
2011 UCLA 35–24 18–9 1st NCAA Regional
2012 UCLA 48–16 20–10 T–1st College World Series
2013 UCLA 49–17 21–9 3rd College World Series Champions
2014 UCLA 25–30–1 12–18 9th
2015 UCLA 45–16 22–8 1st NCAA Regional
2016 UCLA 25–31 12–18 10th
UCLA: 419–301–1[7] 182–144
Total: 505–382–2

      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


John Savage is from Reno, Nevada where he grew up with two brothers Len and Pete. He went to school at Reno High School where he was a record setting pitcher. Savage and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Julia, Jack, Ryan and Gabrielle.[8]

He is also the son-in-law of former Nevada Wolf Pack football coach Chris Ault.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1],, 2014 (archived webpage)
  2. ^ Savage Named CBI Coach of the Year,, June 28, 2010
  3. ^ Olson, Eric (2013-06-25). "UCLA finally adds baseball to record title haul". Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ UCLA’s Savage Named Coach Of The Year,, June 27, 2013
  5. ^ Hiserman, Mike (July 3, 2013). "John Savage to stay as UCLA's baseball coach". LA Times. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Erickson, Andrew (September 25, 2013). "UCLA extends John Savage’s contract with $1.125 million max compensation". Daily Bruin. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2017 UCLA Baseball Information Guide: Results And Records" (PDF). UCLA Athletics. 
  8. ^ "John Savage Biography". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Yoon, Peter (May 31, 2012). "With Savage, UCLA baseball has arrived". ESPN. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 

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