Cal Hires Hall of Famer Jon Zuber to Baseball Coaching Staff
July 12, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California has hired former major league baseball player and 2003 Cal Hall of Fame inductee Jon Zuber as an assistant baseball coach, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach David Esquer. Zuber will be the Bear's chief hitting instructor and will handle the third base coaching duties. He replaces Ron Witmeyer, who decided to spend more time with his family. Witmeyer coached at Cal from 2001-04, helping the team to the 2001 NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
One of the greatest players in Cal baseball history, Zuber was named Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year and NCAA East Regional MVP in 1992. He remains Cal's career leader in hits (291), doubles (61) and putouts (1,299), and ranks among all-time school leaders in runs scored (3rd, 187), walks (4th, 137), batting average (6th, .364) and RBI (6th, 148). Zuber, who led the Bears to the 1991 NCAA Midwest Regional finals and the 1992 College World Series, was also an outstanding pitcher who still ranks seventh in career saves (13) in school history. A three-time first team All-Pac-10 selection, Zuber was Cal's batting leader with a .386 average in 1990. He played first base and outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1996-99 and also played for the New York Yankees, the Yokahama Baystars in Japan, and the Milwaukee Brewers before retiring from professional baseball in 2002.
Most recently, Zuber was the head coach of the Acalanes High School baseball team in Lafayette. In his first season at Acalanes, Zuber turned around a program that had gone 11-12-1 in 2003 to a 21-7 record, the school's first Diablo Foothill Athletic League title, and a berth in the North Coast Section 2A East Bay championship game. He was named the 2004 Contra Costa Times high school Coach of the Year.
'Cal is the only place I would have come back to coach college baseball,' said Zuber, who kept close contact with the Bears' baseball program since being drafted in the 12th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1992. 'I was shocked and honored when coach Esquer called me with the coaching offer.'
'We are excited to have Jon join our staff,' said Esquer. 'He is a Cal Hall of Famer, a world series participant and a former major leaguer. He will definitely be a great addition to our program.'
Zuber earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Cal in 1993. He and his wife, Shannon, reside in Danville with their three-year-old daughter Madison.