Frank Cruz Named Volunteer Assistant Coach

Sept. 23, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Frank Cruz has been named volunteer assistant coach for the USC baseball program, head coach Chad Kreuter announced today.

Cruz spent four seasons at Troy as an assistant coach (1993-96) under former head coach Mike Gillespie prior to his 12-year tenure as head coach at Loyola Marymount (1997-2008).

During his four years as an assistant coach at USC, the Trojans compiled a 169-86-1 record and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1995, USC made its first College World Series appearance in 17 years, reaching the championship game and finishing with a 49-21 record.

As LMU's head coach, he had a 329-356-3 record. He finished ranked eighth in West Coast Conference history for overall victories and sixth in conference wins (170). The Lions won three straight WCC titles from 1998-2000 as well as making three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Cruz was named assistant coach for the 2000 United States National Team as the squad compiled a 27-3-1 record, finishing the season with a 21-game unbeaten streak. Team USA beat Cuba twice to win the 2000 IBAF Tournament in the Netherlands.

USA Baseball invited Cruz back to the program again in 2004, this time as the head coach for Team USA. The team won the program's first gold medal at the FISU World University Championships in Taiwan, winning 12 of its final 14 games. He was named 2004 IBF International Coach of the Year and U.S. National Development Coach of the Year.

Before USC, he was the head coach at University High School in Los Angeles, posting a 152-68 career record. He led University to the 1988 L.A. City baseball title, four Western League crowns (1988-90-91-92) and six trips to the city baseball playoffs.

He attended Santa Monica College and transferred to Pepperdine, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 in physical education and master's degree in 1989 in education. He is a graduate of St. Monica High School and resides in West Los Angeles.

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