Dave Lawn Named Pitching Coach For 2004 U.S. National Team
April 27, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- USC assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator Dave Lawn has been named pitching coach for the 2004 United States National Team.
This is the first national team assignment for Lawn, who is currently in his fourth season with the Trojans.
This summer, the United States will compete at the II FISU World University Baseball Championships in Chinese Taipei on July 22-31. Team USA will first travel to Japan for the annual five-game series against the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars -- the 33rd annual meeting of the two countries -- and then return to the United States to play approximately 10 more domestic games before traveling to the FISU World University Championships.
Lawn, 40, is in his fourth season at USC. He was instrumental with the outstanding performance by National Player of the Year Mark Prior and the rest of the pitching staff in 2001, his first season at USC. Prior set a school and Pac-10 Conference record with 202 strikeouts for the season. The pitching staff also set a school record and tied a Pac-10 record with 605 strikeouts. The staff's 3.46 ERA was the lowest at USC since 1978 (2.63).
This season, Lawn has guided Ian Kennedy, who is the first USC freshman to be the team's No. 1 starter since Randy Flores in 1994. Kennedy is 6-2 this season with a 2.26 ERA (67 2/3 IP, 57 H, 17 ER, 24 BB, 93 SO, .227 opponents' batting average) and was named to Baseball America's Midseason Freshman All-America team.
Lawn served in similar duties as assistant coach for 10 years (1991-2000) at California prior to his tenure with USC. He helped recruit classes that were ranked in the Top 30 nationally from 1991 to 1998, including 1998 National Freshman of the Year Xavier Nady, a 2000 first round draft pick and member of the 2000 USA National Team. He also coached Brian Oliver, who was the first-ever Freshman All-American in school history in 1996. At California, 28 players signed professional contracts as Lawn coached seven All-Americans, 10 All-Pac-10 and seven Pac-10 All-Academic players. Seven players that Lawn recruited or coached have gone on to play in the major leagues.
In the summer of 2000, Lawn served as manager for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League. The Whitecaps won the league championship and set the franchise record with 28 wins during the regular season.
Prior to his stint at California, Lawn was the pitching coach and top recruiter at Nevada for two seasons (1989-90) as the Wolf Pack recorded back-to-back 30-win seasons. He was also the pitching coach at Contra Costa College in 1987 and 1988. Contra Costa won back-to-back Bay Valley Conference championships and played in the 1987 state tournament.
He graduated from San Francisco State in 1986 and pitched one year at UC Santa Barbara before suffering a career-ending arm injury. He was the team captain of the 1986 team at UCSB that won the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship. He was also drafted twice professionally in 1984 by the Minnesota Twins in the second round and by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the secondary draft.
Lawn and his wife, Stacey, have three children: Mackenzie (14), Michael (9) and Matthew (7).
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