Savage Hires Shine as Assistant Baseball Coach

July 2, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - As a first order of business, new UCLA head coach John Savage has hired former UC Irvine assistant Pat Shine as a member of the new Bruin coaching staff. Savage was hired Thursday by UCLA after three seasons as the head coach at UCI.

'We feel very fortunate that Pat has decided to join the UCLA coaching staff,' Savage said. 'Pat has worked very hard to get to where he's at and he's now become one of the top assistants on the West Coast. His passion for the game and his players is evident on and off the field.'

Shine began at UCI the same year as Savage, 2001, and was responsible for overseeing the outfielders and also served as the team's hitting instructor. In Savage and Shine's three years at UCI, the Anteaters compiled an overall mark of 88-84-1 and in 2004 made their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

'I think this is a great opportunity to continue recruiting in Southern California and to compete in the Pac-10,' Shine said. 'I'm very excited to work for a university with such a great baseball tradition.'

Prior to UCI, Shine served as an assistant at the University of New Mexico and a volunteer coach at California. He served as an assistant coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cap Cod Summer League in the summer of 2000 after being named Northwoods League Manager of the Year in 1999 for leading the St. Cloud Riverbats to a league record for wins. Shine was the head assistant at San Francisco Community College in 1997 and was also the head coach at Gonzaga Prep Academy in 1996. His first coaching job was as a head assistant for the Topeka Capitols in the Jayhawk League in the summer 1996.

Shine, 32, earned his degree as a double major in speech communications and business management from Gonzaga University in 1995. The native of Spokane, Washington, played shortstop for the Bulldogs and concluded his playing career upon graduation.

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