California's Esquer Named National Coach of the Year
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After leading the Golden Bears to their first College World Series appearance since 1992, CALIFORNIA head coach Dave Esquer earned the National Coach of the Year Award presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Esquer received the honor Tuesday morning at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
This year's award winner, which was voted on by the NCBWA Board of Directors, was selected from a list that included all Division I Conference Coaches of the Year and the coaches of the 16 NCAA Super Regional teams.
Esquer led Cal out of the loser's bracket in the Houston Regional and beat Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional to advance to Omaha. The Golden Bears are 37-22 heading into Tuesday's game against Texas A&M. Cal lost its opening round game to No. 1 seed Virginia, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon.
Cal's 37 wins this season is the most victories since the 1991 squad went 37-27 and advanced to the final of the 1991 NCAA Wichita State Regional.
The Bears face Texas A&M at 1 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on ESPNHD and ESPN3.com.