GEORGE HORTON Now entering his third season at the helm of the Oregon baseball program, two-time National Coach of the Year George Horton continues his effort to rebuild a competitive baseball legacy at the University of Oregon.
Year Player Draft, and a fifth sign a free agent contract. The Ducks were also ranked in four out of five final national polls, as Oregon heads toward 2011 ranked in the top-15 of five preseason national polls.
Under Horton’s watch in 2010, Oregon improved its record from 14-42 (2009) to 40-24. The 22game improvement was the second-best turnaround in the country since the NCAA began tracking the stat in 1998. Horton also recorded his eighth 40-win season, and made his 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking the Ducks to the Norwich Regional as the No. 3 seed and reaching final game against 10th-ranked Florida State.
In order to reach the postseason in just their second year since reinstatement, the Ducks made massive improvements following Horton’s lead; improving their batting average from .227 to .292, improving a 5.07 ERA to 3.29, more than doubling its run total from 158 to 376, and nearly doubling extra-base hits from 84 to 164.
Following the season, Oregon had four players taken in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-
In just three years building the program, Horton and his staff have brought in three consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including two in the top five.
Horton has also had 11 players earn all-conference or honorable mention honors over the past two years, while three were named to the 2010 Norwich All-Regional Team. During his current two-year tenure at Oregon, six of Horton’s players have been drafted, and a seventh signed a free-agent contract. Most recently, two of Horton’s pitchers - Tyler Anderson and Scott McGough - were selected to play with Collegiate national team in the summer of 2010. The Ducks finished 2010 with a 9-6 record against ranked teams, a 3-3 record against the nation’s No. 1-ranked clubs, and won five Pac-10 series, finishing the year with a 13-14 league record that tied for fifth in the conference. In addition,
Friday-night starter Tyler Anderson was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team while seven more student-athletes received honorable mention accolades. Off the field, three UO student-athletes were named Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention. Horton and his staff have brought in three consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, with the graduating classes of 2008 , 2009 and 2010. Most recently, the 2010 class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America’s annual evaluation, and third in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. In 2009, the Ducks 14-42 record reflected a firstyear program, but with top-rate facilities such as PK Park and the John E. Jaqua Academic Center, along with a highly-respected coaching staff, improvement for 2010 was apparent. Oregon did have monumental wins in 2009 with a 5-3 season-opening victory at Saint Mary’s, and an electrifying 1-0 victory over defending 2008 College World Series champion Fresno State to christen to PK Park. The Ducks also defeated 2006 & 2007 national champion Oregon State, 3-2, in a 10-inning thriller at PGE Park in Portland.
THE HORTON FILE PERSONAL Year at Oregon: Third Date of Birth: Oct. 5, 1953 Hometown: Downey, Calif. Wife: Francie Children: Michele, Heather, Loyal and Rebecca Grandchildren: Angelica (11), Alyssa (9), Kailey (8), Kendall (7), Samantha (2) and Calise (born Nov. 4, 2010)
EDUCATION Master’s: Cal Lutheran, ‘80 Bachelor’s: Cal State Fullerton,1978
COACHING EXPERIENCE Oregon Head Coach ................................ 2009-current
Enthusiasm around the program’s rebirth as Horton ran the show was lofty in 2009. A total of 57,704 fans came to PK Park as the Ducks had three official sellouts and averaged 2,404 fans per game. The Ducks also drew 29,249 fans through the gates of PGE Park last season or two Civil War games.- including a single-game Pac-10 record crowd of 15,540. As the 2009 season concluded, Oregon had three players named Pac-10 honorable mention led by the staff ’s ace, right-hander Erik Stavert along with closer Drew Gagnier and outfielder Curtis Raulinaitis. Stavert then became the first Oregon player of the new era drafted when he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. When then Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny announced the reinstatement of the University of Oregon’s baseball program in July 2007, the reaction among Duck supporters and baseball fans in the community was one of resounding excitement and anticipation. That level of emotion shot through the roof when Horton, a former College World Series championship skipper and two-time National Coach of the Year, was announced as OrN egon’s new head coach on Sept. 1, 2007. e Horton, who spent 11 seasons at the helm of naH tional power Cal State Fullerton and led the Titans t to t the 2004 National Championship, is the Ducks’ 12th baseball coach in school history and it’s first 1 since the program was discontinued following the s 1981 season. 1 “This is a tremendous day for the University of Ore“ gon, g ” Kilkenny said upon Horton’s hiring. “Baseball coaches of George Horton’s distinction and ability c don’t come along very often, and his decision to d come to Eugene speaks volumes about our comc mitment for Oregon baseball to become successm ful f on a national level.”
Cerritos College Head Coach .....................................1985-1990 Asst. Coach.............................1977 & 1981-84
During his tenure with the Titans, Horton comD piled an overall record of 490-212-1 (.698) and p oversaw six appearances in the College World o Series, including back-to-back berths in 2006 and S 2007 as well as 2003 and 2004. He was named 2 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America in N 2003, and garnered the ABCA and Collegiate Base2 ball b National awards following his squad’s title run in i 2004.
Los Angeles Valley College Asst. Coach............................................1978-80
Horton was also a five-time Big West Conference H Coach of the Year, most recently earning the hardC
Cal State Fullerton Head Coach .....................................1997-2007 Asst. Coach.......................................1991-1996
Horton vs. Opponents School Alabama Arizona Arizona St. Baylor Biola BYU California Cal Poly CS Northridge CS Fullerton Clemson Connecticut East Carolina East Tennessee St. Florida St. Fresno St. Georgia Tech Gonzaga Harvard Hawai’i Houston Long Beach St. LMU LSU Miami Michigan Minnesota Mississippi St. Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Mexico St. North Carolina Northeastern Notre Dame Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon St. Pacific Pepperdine Portland Rice Sacramento St. Saint Louis Saint Mary’s Sam Houston St. San Diego San Diego St. San Jose St. Santa Clara Seattle South Carolina Southern Utah Stanford Temple Tennessee Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Tulane UC Davis UC Irvine UCLA UC Riverside UC Santa Barbara UNLV USC Vanguard Virginia Tech Washington Washington St. Wichita State
Overall Record 3-3 14-10 11-10 4-2 1-0 2-1 5-7 36-6 24-7 1-0 1-0 2-0 3-3 3-0 1-5 26-5 2-0 2-0 3-0 1-4 8-2 41-31 15-7 1-2 4-1 2-0 5-3 3-0 3-0 1-0 26-5 15-0 0-2 1-0 3-0 2-1 1-2 2-9 33-4 14-12 1-4 3-3 16-6 1-0 1-2 1-0 11-2-1 6-2 1-0 3-2 3-1 2-1 1-0 17-28 1-0 1-0 3-2 1-0 1-1 7-1 8-0 14-10 24-8 10-11 30-9 22-4 17-16 1-0 1-0 3-9 2-4 4-4
BWC Tourn. 1-0 2-1 2-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 -
Reg. 2-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 4-1 3-0 1-0 1-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 3-0 2-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-0 -
Super Reg. 3-3 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 -
CWS 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-2 0-1 2-1 1-5 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 -
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ware in 2006 on the heels of his third 50-win season at the Division I level. “To see what he has built and accomplished at Cal State Fullerton is incredible,” Kilkenny said. “Coach Horton has put together an elite program and posted an outstanding record on the playing field, but he also develops student-athletes as both players and people.” The Cal State Fullerton graduate spent six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater under legendary college baseball coach Augie Garrido before succeeding him in 1997. Horton was the current Texas skipper’s associate head coach, helping CSF to the 1995 National Championship. Prior to joining Garrido’s staff, Horton spent six years as the head coach at Cerritos College, compiling a junior college record of 226-53 (.810) from 1985-90. Horton’s teams have reached a No. 1 ranking in national polls in part(s) of the 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. Entering the 2010 season, Horton’s .665 winning percentage ranked in the top 20 among active Division I coaches (minimum five years). Horton, who is one of nine men to have appeared in Omaha as a player (1975) and a head coach, has seen 82 players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft, including 11 in 2003 and 14 in 2005. From 1997-2007, 10 of the MLB draft classes contained at least five of Horton’s players. In addition, 26 former Titans ascended to the Major Leagues during Horton’s 17 years at Cal State Fullerton. Southpaw Ricky Romero (Toronto, 2005) became the third first-round pick taken under Horton’s reign, joining Chad Cordero (Montreal, 2003) and Adam Johnson (Minnesota, 2000) on the list of players taken in the opening round of the Major League Amateur Draft. Other standouts taken in the draft include Aaron Rowand, who was a “sandwich” pick going between the first and second rounds in 1998; Shane Costa, a second-rounder in 2003; and battery mates Kurt Suzuki and Jason Windsor, who were taken in the second and third rounds, respectively, on the first day of the 2004 draft. In 2007, Horton’s Cal State Fullerton team recovered from an up-anddown regular season to sweep through the NCAA regional and super regional rounds and land a spot in the CWS. The Titans drew eventual champion Oregon State and runner-up UC Irvine in Omaha, falling by one run in each contest, including a 13-inning crusher to the Anteaters. No team in baseball had a better pitching staff than the Titans in 2006, as they led the nation with a 2.73 ERA en route to a 50-15 ledger. The Titans’ success in 2006 featured an 18-3 league record to give CSF its third straight conference crown. Horton’s streak of coaching consecutive conference Players of the Year reached four as Justin Turner joined Sergio Pedroza (2005), Kurt Suzuki (2004) and Shane Costa (2003). He also looked after three straight Conference Pitchers of the Year in Wes Roemer (2006), Ricky Romero (2005) and Jason Windsor (2004); and had two players in four years (Roemer in 2006
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GEORGE HORTON’S coaching record Year School 1985 Cerritos College 1986 Cerritos College 1987 Cerritos College 1988 Cerritos College 1989 Cerritos College 1990 Cerritos College Cerritos Totals (Six Years)
Record 39-5 24-14 39-5 39-5 39-5 39-5 226-53
Pct. .886 .632 .902 .745 .827 .837 .810
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
39-24-1 47-17 50-14 38-21 48-18 37-22 50-16 47-22 46-18 50-15 38-25
.617 .734 .781 .644 .727 .627 .758 .681 .719 .769 .603
C South C/R/SR* C C/R/SR*
Fullerton Totals (11 Years)
2009 Oregon 2010 Oregon Oregon Totals (2 Years) Division I Totals (13 Years) Collegiate Record (19 Years)
13-40 40-24 53-64 543-276-1 769-329-1
.245 .625 .453 .663 .700
Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton
C/S C C/S C
R/SR* C/R/SR/N* C/R C/R/SR* C/R/SR*
Legend: (C) Conference; (S) State; (R) Regional; (SR) Super Regional; (N) National; (*) College World Series appearance
and Suzuki in 2004) earn National Player of the Year recognition. In 2005, Horton narrowly missed a fifth trip to Omaha as Arizona State defeated his squad, 9-8, in the third and final game of the Fullerton Super Regional. 2005 marked the year Horton molded the largest Major League draft class of his coaching tenure, as 14 players were selected in the first-year amateur draft. The 2005 draft class included No. 1 draft pick in Ricky Romero. Horton added the most impressive credential to his resume in 2004, bringing home a national title. In his eighth year as a Division I head coach, Horton led CSF past the Texas Longhorns and his mentor Garrido,
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3-2, in Omaha. After a mediocre 15-16 start in 2004, Horton enlisted Sports Psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza to clear the heads of the slumping troops. In storybook fashion, the team went on to finish an all-time best 19-2 in the Big West and win 27 of their next 32 games to reach the Series.
GEORGE HORTON’S coaching honors 1985
Horton scripted a brilliant season in 2003, guiding Fullerton to a 15-1 start and leading the team to a program-best record of 31-3 at home. After sweeping through the home Regional, the Titans beat Arizona State - the top offensive team in the country - in a Super Regional to advance to Omaha. Fullerton got off to a 2-0 record in Omaha before to losses against Stanford, which headed on to the championship series.
Horton’s team finished as the consensus No. 3 team in the nation for the second time in three years. For his efforts, Horton was named the National Coach of the Year by Baseball America, the highest reputed baseball publication. He was honored in December at the 2003 Baseball Winter Meetings in New Orleans.
Horton’s CSF squad also made the trip to Omaha in 2001, when they carried the national No. 1 seed to Rosenblatt Stadium. After holding off local favorite Nebraska in the opener, the Titans lost a pair to Stanford with a win over Tulane in between. His team still finished No. 3 in all three national polls. Under Horton’s eye, the 2001 squad became the first team ever to sweep a threegame series against Miami (the eventual national champions) on the ‘Canes’ home field. His 2000 team, the unanimous preseason pick to win the conference and the consensus No. 2 team in the country, was the Big West co-champion and hosted a Regional for the first time. In 1999, the Horton’s Titans went 25-5 to win conference crown by four games. They swept three games at the Notre Dame Regional and then triumphed in three games in the Super Regional at Ohio State to qualify for the College World Series, where they went 1-2.
1998 1999 2003 2004
National Junior College Coach of the Year South Coast Conference Coach of the Year National Junior College Coach of the Year South Coast Conference Coach of the Year National Junior College Coach of the Year South Coast Conference Coach of the Year CCCBCA Coach of the Year South Coast Conference Coach of the Year Inducted into California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Big West Conference Coach of the Year Big West Conference Coach of the Year Baseball America National Coach of the Year Inducted into Downey High School Hall of Fame Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year ABCA National Coach of the Year Big West Conference Coach of the Year Big West Conference Coach of the Year Big West Conference Coach of the Year
In 1998, the Titans posted the best record in the conference at 25-5. They placed second at the LSU Regional, going 3-2 with a pair of losses to the host Tigers. In Horton’s debut season in 1997, Fullerton struggled to a 2319-1 start, but then rattled off 15 victories in their final 18 regular season games. They lost the opener of the Big West Conference tournament at home to Pacific ace Dan Reichert, but came back to win four games in a row. They swept a doubleheader on the final day against host Long Beach State to capture the automatic NCAA tournament bid. Horton’s Division I head coaching career began when he was promoted to replace Garrido, who left to take over the program at the University of Texas. A 1978 CSF graduate, Horton had returned to the campus in 1991 and over the next six seasons helped lead the Titans to a 264-99 record and three trips to the CWS, where they won the 1995 crown with a 57-9 season. During the years Horton was responsible for the pitching staff, nine pitchers received All-America honors and James Popoff (1992), Matt Wagner (1994) and Ted Silva (1995) won Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Dan Naulty became the first pitcher under Horton’s guidance to reach the major leagues when he made the 1996 opening-day roster for the Minnesota Twins. He later earned a World Series ring with the 1999 New York Yankees. Another Horton product, Brent Billingsley, made two appearances for the Florida Marlins early in the 1999 season.
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Twenty-nine former players, both pitchers and position players, have ascended to the Major Leagues during Horton’s 19-year NCAA coaching career. Those players include; Ricky Romero (Toronto, 2009), Justin Turner (Baltimore, 2009), Kurt Suzuki (Oakland, 2007) and Jordan DeJong (Toronto, 2007). Also in that group includes three players that made their big league debuts in 2006; Reed Johnson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Kotsay (Chicago White Sox) and Aaron Rowand (San Francisco). Nevin and Kotsay were both Golden Spikes Award winners, national players of the year, No. 1 draft picks, College World Series MVPs and U.S. Olympians. Brian Loyd and Jason Moler - also tutored in part by Horton - were Olympians while Kotsay was chosen as the college player of the decade (1990’s) by Baseball America. Sixteen U.S. National Team members have also been pupils of Horton’s, with Nevin (1991) being the first, and Wes Roemer (2006) becoming the latest to don the red, white and blue. Horton began his head coaching career at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., where he guided the Falcons to three junior college state championships in six years. He compiled a 226-53 record and won the California titles in 1985, 1987 and 1989. Each of those years he was selected
National Junior College Coach of the Year. His best season was 1987 when the Falcons went 46-5. He had a South Coast Conference record of 102-28 (.785) and was a four-time South Coast Conference Coach of the Year (1985, 1987, 1989 and 1990). He had many players graduate to the Major Leagues including Brian Hunter, who played for the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 World Series. Other names include Mike Benjamin, Craig Worthington, Ever Magallanes, Al Osuna, Joel Adamson, Dan Patterson, Luis Medina, Jeff Hearron, Naulty and Olympian Bret Barberie. Horton’s coaching career began as an assistant at Cerritos in 1976-77 and he went to Los Angeles Valley College the following three seasons, where he coached with former Long Beach State Coach Dave Snow. In 1980, he moved back to Cerritos as an assistant to Gordie Douglas before taking the head job in 1985. In addition, he coached during the summer for the Fairbanks (AK) Goldpanners (1981 and 1983) and the Hutchinson (KS) Broncs (1982). Among those who played for him on those summer teams were Shane Mack, Oddibe McDowell, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Phil Stevenson, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
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Horton was a player on the Cerritos College teams in 1972 and 1973. As the Falcons’ team captain in 1973, he won the Dallas Moon Award and was a member of the state championship team. Horton played two seasons for Garrido at Cal State Fullerton in 1975 and 1976 and won All-PCAA honors as both a junior and a senior. He was on the first Fullerton team to go to the College World Series in 1975. He batted .308 as a junior and .290 as a senior while playing first base. In 1994, Horton was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame in May of 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the Orange County Manager of the Year Award, given by the Orange Coast Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management. Horton earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1978 and a master’s from Cal Lutheran in 1980. Born on Oct. 5, 1953, he and his wife, Francie, have four daughters: Michele, Heather, Loyal and Rebecca, and six granddaughters: Angelica (11), Alyssa (9), Kailey (8), Kendall (7), Samantha (2) and Calise, born Nov. 4, 2010.
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HORTONâ€™S drafted players list CERRITOS COLLEGE HEAD COACH 1985 (1)
Kirk Irvine P, Chicago White Sox, 46th round #1349, A Mark Chavez P, Arizona, 60th round #1600, Rookie
Scott Wilkinson OF, Minnesota Twins, 18th round #457
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Craig Wilson C, Boston, 3rd round #84, AA Brian Hunter 1B, Atlanta, 8th round #194, MLB Bret Barberie INF, Kansas City, 65th round #1246, MLB
1989 (8) Javier Fimbres 1B, Minnesota, 20th round #527, Rookie Joe Arredondo 3B, New York Mets, 37th round #967, Low A John Corona P, St. Louis, 39th round #1002, AAA L.V. Powell OF, Seattle, 45th round #1150, High A Tommy Boudreau OF, Seattle, 47th round #1195, Low A Bobby Magallanes SS, Seattle, 50th round #1258, AA Tony Muser 2B, Detroit, 54th round #1343 Craig Fairbrother OF, Houston, 66th round #1449
1990 (3) Joel Adamson P, Philadelphia, 7th round #180, MLB C.J. Kerr P, Los Angeles Dodgers, 8th round #212, High A Scott Mowl P, Houston, 93rd round #1464
CAL STATE FULLERTON ASST. COACH 1991 (2) Frank Charles C-OF, San Francisco 17th round #454, MLB Matt Hattabaugh OF, Chicago White Sox, 21st round #567, A
1992 (4) Phil Nevin 3B, Houston, 1st round #1, MLB Jason Moler C, Philadelphia, 4th round #109, AAA Dan Naulty P, Minnesota, 14th round #402, MLB Yusef Ford P, Chicago White Sox, 31st round #876, Rookie
1993 (4) Nate Rodriquez SS, Philadelphia, 21st round #580 Tony Banks OF, Oakland, 21st round #601, High A Jeremy Carr 2B, Kansas City, 23rd round #637, AAA Bret Hemphill C, Milwaukee, 56th round #1505, MLB
1994 (5) Dante Powell OF, San Francisco, 1st round #22, MLB Mike Parisi P, Florida, 6th round #152, AA Jeff Ferguson 2B, Minnesota, 9th round #239, AAA Jim Betzsold OF, Cleveland, 20th round #549, AA Adan Millan C, Philadelphia, 28th round #786, AAA
1995 (6) Jon Ward P, St. Louis, 8th round #211, Low A Tim Dixon P, Montreal, 14th round #395, AAA D.C. Olsen 1B, Montreal, 15th round #423, A Tony Miranda OF, Kansas City, 24th round #666, AA John Mitchet P, Toronto, 25th round #692 Joe Fraser 2B, Minnesota, 27th round #744, Low A
1996 (9) Mark Kotsay OF, Florida, 1st round #9, MLB Brent Billingsley P, Florida, 5th round #134, MLB Brian Loyd C, San Diego, 5th round #140, MLB Jeremy Giambi OF, Kansas City, 6th round #169, MLB Jack Jones SS, Los Angeles, 6th round #178, AAA Luis Estrella P, San Francisco, 20th round #582, AAA Skip Kill OF, Philadelphia, 27th round #796, AA
Matt Wise P, Anaheim, 6th round #177, MLB Mike Lamb C, Texas, 7th round #227, MLB Brian Tokarse P, Anaheim, 11th round #327, AA John Alkire P, Detroit Tigers, 13th round #385, Low A C.J. Ankrum 1B, San Francisco, 13th round #388, Low A Jerome Alviso SS, Colorado, 17th round #522, AAA Scott Seal 1B, San Diego 23rd round #710, AA
1998 (5) Aaron Rowand OF, Chicago White Sox, 1st round #35, MLB Erasmo Ramirez P, San Francisco, 11th round #338, MLB Greg Jacobs H, Anaheim, 13th round #391, AAA Benito Flores P, Boston, 17th round #505, High A Kevin Duck 1B, Colorado Rockies, 25th round #750, A
1999 (6) Spencer Oborn OF, Chicago White Sox, 14th round #429, High A Reed Johnson OF, Toronto, 17th round #523, MLB Christopher Beck CF, St. Louis, 19th round #582 Shane Waroff P, Baltimore, 21st round #637, Low A Craig Patterson C, Minnesota, 25th round #749 Jeff Cruz P, St. Louis, 36th round #1092.** , A
2000 (6) Adam Johnson P, Minnesota, 1st round #2, MLB Ronnie Corona P, Minnesota, 6th round #162, AA Mike Nunez P, New York Mets, 17th round #515 Steve Woodward OF, Arizona, 34th round #1029, High A Jeff Gates, C New York Yankees, 36th round #1088, Low A Matt Sorensen P, Toronto Blue Jays, 42nd round #1255
2004 (6) Kurt Suzuki C, Oakland, 2nd round, #67, MLB Jason Windsor P, Oakland, 3rd round #97, MLB Mike Martinez P, New York Yankees, 8th round #249, High A P.J. Pilittere C, New York Yankees, 13th round #399, AAA Ronnie Prettyman 3B, Milwaukee, 28th round #826, AAA Felipe Garcia C/1B, Bosto, 48th round #1437, A
2005 (14) Ricky Romero P, Toronto, 1st round #6, MLB Sergio Pedroza OF, Los Angeles, 3rd round #106, AA Bobby Andrews OF, Baltimore, 7th rounds #213, AA Ryan Schrepped P, Arizona, 8th round #231, A Ronnie Prettyman 3B, Seattle, 10th round #293, AAA Neil Walton SS, Tampa Bay, 16th round #478, AA Scott Sarver P, Houston, 21st round #644, A Danny Dorn OF, Tampa Bay, 23rd round #688, AA John Curtis C, Cleveland, 29th round #874, AAA Justin Turner 2B, New York Yankees, 29th round #889, MLB Trevor Mortensen OF, Cleveland, 33rd round #994, High A Felipe Garcia 1B, New York Yankees, 34th round #1039, A Brett Pill 1B, New York Yankees, 45th round #1362, AAA Blake Davis SS, Cleveland, 46th round #1377, AAA
2006 (9) Blake Davis SS, Baltimore, 4th round #115, AAA Justin Turner 2B, Cincinnati, 7th round #204, MLB Brett Pill 1B, San Francisco, 7th round #206, AAA Lauren Gagnier P, Detroit, 10th round #292, AAA Ryan Paul P, San Francisco, 10th round #296, High A Brandon Tripp OF, Baltimore, 12th round #355, AA Vinnie Pestano P, Cleveland, 20th round #611, MLB John Curtis C, Anaheim, 24th round #732, AAA Danny Dorn LF, Cincinnati, 32nd round #954, AA
2007 (10) 2001 (9) Kirk Saaloos P, Houston, 3rd round #86, MLB Aaron Rifkin IF, New York Yankees, 4th round #125, AAA Mike Rouse IF, Toronto, 5th Round #151, MLB Brett Kay C, New York Mets, 8th Round #252, High A Shawn Norris 3B, Montreal, 9th round #262, AA Brandon Warriax SS, Arizona, 13th round #398, AA Jon Smith P, Pittsburg, 16th round #474, College Robert Guzman OF, Minnesota, 18th round #527, A David Bacani 2B, New York Mets, 22nd round #672, AAA
Wes Roemer P, Arizona, 1st round #50, AAA Clark Hardman OF, Chicago Cubs, 9th round #277, A Evan Mcarthur 3B, San Francisco, 11th round #344, Low A John Curtis C, Chicago White Sox, 14th round #449, AAA Nick Mahin OF, Chicago White Sox, 16th round #509, A Jared Clark OF/P, Cleveland, 21st round #647, A Bryan Harris P, Seattle, 22nd round #675, AA Matt Wallach C, Los Angeles, 22nd round #686, AA Justin Klipp, P, Chicago White Sox, 22nd round #689 Joe Scott SS, Milwaukee, 39th round #1170, Low A
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Jordan De Jong P, Toronto, 18th round #536, MLB Travis Ingle P, Tampa Bay, 22nd round #644 Jeff Housman P, Milwaukee, 33rd round #979, AAA
2009 (3) Erik Stavert RHP, Colorado, 7th round #214, Low A Drew Gagnier RHP, Oakland, 14th round #423, Low A Bennett Whitmore LHP, Seattle, 32nd round #953, Low A
2003 (11) Chad Cordero P, Montreal, 1st round, #20, MLB Shane Costa OF, Kansas City, 2nd round, #42, MLB Wes Littleton P, Texas, 4th round, #106, MLB Kyle Boyer OF, Chicago Cubs, 7th round, #193, High A Darric Merrel P, Colorado, 8th round, #227, High A Justin Symres SS, San Diego, 11th round, #311, High A Sean Martin P, San Francisco, 14th round #423, High A Richie Burgos 1B, Detroit, 22nd round #423, A Jason Corapci 2B, Houston, 29th round #869, Rookie Nicholas Lovato P, Florida, 37th round #1103, A Mike Martinez P, New York Yankees, 44th round #1318, High A
2010 (4) Justin LaTempa RHP, Los Angeles Angels, 12th round #384 Drew Gagnier RHP, Detroit, 17th round #523, Low A Zack Thornton RHP, Oakland, 23rd round #695, Low A Eddie Rodriguez C, Florida, 32nd round #977, High A First Round Selections (9) Phil Nevin, Mark Kotsay, Dante Powell, Mark Kotsay, Aaron Rowand, Adam Johnson, Chad Cordero, Ricky Romero, Wes Roemer. 29 players in the MLB; 127 total players drafted
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ANDREW CHECKETTS Oregon’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Andrew Checketts, is regarded as one of the best pitching coaches not only on the west coast, but also the nation. Known as a diligent worker with an attention for detail, Checketts work with his young pitching staff during the 2009 and 2010 seasons has been a major reason the Ducks have been immediately competitive on the diamond after a 27-season layoff. In 2010, Checketts managed one of the nation’s premier pitching staffs in the program’s second year back from reinstatement. The staff managed a 3.29 ERA which ranked second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation. In addition, Oregon’s 2.41 walks allowed per nine innings ranked third in the country as well, while his staff ’s 8.76 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 14th in the nation. Oregon finished the 2010 season with a record of 40-24 and advanced to the NCAA Norwich Regional elimination game as a No. 3 seed. The Ducks finished the year ranked in four out of five national polls, and ended the Pac-10 season tied for fifth in the league standings. Approaching the 2011 season, Friday-night starter Tyler Anderson has been named to four preseason AllAmerica teams, and was also ranked by Baseball America as the No. 16 college prospect in 2011. Fellow 2010 Collegiate National Team member Scott McGough was named to the NCBWA 2011 Stopper of the Year Watch List, and as also ranked by Baseball America as the No. 47 college prospect in 2011. The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft also rewarded Oregon’s pitching staff as weekend starters Justin LaTempa (12th round, Los Angeles Angels) and Zack Thornton (23rd round, Oakland) were selected as well as closer Drew Gagnier (17th round, Detroit). A fourth pitcher, southpaw Ryan Fleckenstein, signed a free agent contract following the 2010 season. Anderson was named to the 2010 Pac-10 All-Conference Team, while Thornton and McGough received honorable mention accolades. In addition, Anderson and McGough were selected to pitch for the 2010 Collegiate National Team. Checketts has also played a large role in the recruiting scene for Oregon. For three consecutive years (20082010) UO’s recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. Most recently, the 2010 freshman class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America’s annual evaluation, and third in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Ducks’ 2008 freshman class, brought in for the program’s first season in 27 years, was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation, and was also ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation. The Ducks’ second class received the No. 24 ranking in the nation from Baseball America in the fall of 2009. In 2009, Checketts had three pitchers from his staff selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and two were elected as Pac-10 Conference honorable mention picks. One of those all-conference selections was the staff ’s ace, right-hander Erik Stavert. The junior earned a third of the team’s wins on the mound, and finished his year with a 3.04 ERA and 82 strikeouts, before being drafted in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies. After taking over in a closer role for Oregon, Drew Gagnier finished 2009 with seven saves, a 1-0 record and a 2.70 ERA. He was also selected in the 14th round (423 overall) by the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 MLB Draft, but chose to return to Oregon to further improve his stock while working with Checketts.
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THE CHECKETTS’ FILE
Third Season Pitching Coach Recruiting Coordinator
In Checketts’ coaching career he has had a total of 31 pitchers drafted or sign pro contracts, and in 2007 had seven pitchers drafted or sign pro contracts, including three drafted in the top 10 rounds. Upon his arrival at UC Riverside, the West Linn High School product made an immediate impact as the staff earned run average improved by almost three runs and the team broke the school record for strikeouts in his first year. During his first three seasons at UCR, the team ERA improved every year.
Year at Oregon: Third Date of Birth: Oct. 8, 1975 Hometown: West Linn, Ore. Wife: Michelle Childen: Amelia Anne (1 yr.)
Checketts also played a key role in recruiting for the Highlanders. UCR’s 2007 class received national recognition with a top-25 ranking from Baseball America.
In his final season, UCR’s pitching staff ranked among the nation’s best in ERA (3.68) and strikeouts per game (8.0).
Bachelor’s: Oregon State, 2000
COACHING EXPERIENCE: OREGON Asst. Coach.................................. 2009-current UC RIVERSIDE Asst. Coach............................................2002-07 RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Asst. Coach.................................................. 2001
Checketts had an additional pitcher selected in the 2009 draft when left-hander Bennett Whitmore was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 32nd round. In his coaching career at UC Riverside and Oregon, Checketts has had 21 pitchers selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, with five making it to the Major Leagues. Most recently, former UC Riverside Highlander Dan Runzler - a 2007 draft pick of San Francisco - won a World Series championship with the San Francisco Giants. Checketts began his campaign with the Ducks when he was hired on Sept. 5, 2007, by University of Oregon coach George Horton to complete the inaugural staff.
Horton’s former home - Cal State Fullerton. In 2007, UC Riverside was the Big West Champion and was ranked as high as 13th in the country during the season. It marked the first time in 20 years that a Division I program in the UC system won its outright conference championship.
Checketts began his coaching career at Riverside Community College, where he served as pitching coach under Dennis Rodgers and helped the team to their second consecutive California State Championship in 2001. While he was at RCC, the pitching staff set the school record for ERA. A former draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, Checketts played one season at Florida and three at Oregon State. As a senior in 1998, he posted an 11-1 record and 3.77 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 73 batters in 86 innings, earning Pac-10 North Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Second Team All-American, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-American and All-West Region Second Team honors. He was also named Pac-10 North AllConference in 1997 and 1998, finishing his collegiate career with a 30-12 record. Checketts graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Business Administration, Finance. He was drafted by Boston in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft.
drafted pitchers list OOREGON ASST. COACH 22010 (3) Ju LaTempa RHP, Los Angeles Angels, 12th round #384 Justin Drew Gagnier RHP, Detroit, 17th round #523, Low A D ZZack Thornton RHP, Oakland, 23rd round #695, Low A R Ryan Fleckenstein LHP, Tampa Bay, FA, Rookie
22009 (3) E Stavert RHP, Colorado, 7th round #214, Low A Erik Drew Gagnier RHP, Oakland, 14th round #423, Low A D BBennett Whitmore, LHP Seattle, 32nd round #953, Low A
UUC RIVERSIDE ASST. COACH 22007 (6) D Donald Simmons RHP, Oakland, 1st round #26, AAA M Marc Rzepczynski LHP, Toronto, 5th round #175, MLB Dan Runzler LHP, San Francisco, 9th round #284, MLB D Jeff Dunbar RHP/C, Seattle, 11th round #345, A Je Adam Reifer RHP, St. Louis, 11th round #352, AAA A SStephen Penny RHP, Seattle, 20th round #615, High A TTaylor Bills, RHP, Seattle, FA, Rookie Pat Cassa, LHP, Kansas City, FA, Rookie P
22006 (4) D Daniel Stange RHP, Arizona, 7th round #207, MLB Dan Runzler LHP, Seattle, 17th round #501, MLB D Jeff Dunbar RHP/C, Chicago WS, 19th round #585, A Je Haley Winter RHP, Seattle, 40th round #1191, Rookie H
22005 (2) A Anthony Claggett RHP, Detroit, 11th round #330, MLB Chad Decker LHP, San Diego, 20th round #518, Rookie C
22004 (2) A Austin Shappi RHP, Arizona, 9th round #266, AAA Brian Hoff RHP, Florida, 27th round #818, High A B Jaymie Torres, RHP, St. Louis, FA, High A Ja
22002 (1) Chris Smith P, Boston, 4th round #118, MLB C
RRIVERSIDE CC ASST. COACH 22001 (6) R Ryan Wing LHP, Chicago White Sox, 2nd round, #71, AAA Jason Waddell LHP, San Francisco, 8th round #256, MLB Ja Juan Serrato RHP, San Francisco, 13th round #406, High A Ju David Nolasco RHP, Milwaukee, 23rd round #688, AA D Jeremy Zick RHP, Texas, 39th round #1161, High A Je Oscar Serrato RHP, Baltimore, 49th round #1443 O
Checketts graduated from West Linn High School in 1994, and that season was named the Oregon High School State Player of the Year. He and his wife Michelle have one daughter, 1-yearold Amelia Anne.
Checketts, was an Oregon native, but was also wellknown to Horton as a young and up-and-coming coach at UC Riverside, a Big West Conference rival of
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Mike Kirby helped usher in a brand new era of Oregon baseball in 2009. Responsible for Oregon’s small game and the catching corps as well as assisting in recruiting, Kirby’s effort was a big part of the Ducks’ successful season in 2010. Oregon finished 2010 with a 40-24 record, and reached the Norwich Regional elimination game as the No. 3 seed. The season was much different than the 2009 campaign (14-42), and UO’s magnificent turnaround was the second-best in NCAA history since 1998. Coaching first base and positioning the outfield defense were among Kirby’s in-game responsibilities, but his effort in teaching Oregon its small-ball offense reaped rewards. The Ducks executed 78 sacrifices to lead the country, and while it maybe not a power stat, it surely helped UO double its 2009 run total from 158 to 376 in 2010. Senior catcher Eddie Rodriguez had a breakout season, earning Pac-10 honorable mention honors. At the plate, Rodriguez led the Ducks with 45 RBIs and seven home runs, while batting .329 on the season. Behind the plate, Rodriguez managed a .988 fielding percentage, while helping to manage a pitching staff that sported a 3.29 ERA – third in the country. Rodriguez’s senior season was culminated after he was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Florida Marlins. Kirby also plays a large role in what has proven to be successful recruiting classes for the Ducks. For three consecutive years (2008-2010) UO’s recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. Most recently, the 2010 freshman class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America’s annual evaluation, and third in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. In 2009, Kirby coached at third base and worked with the team’s young group of catchers. Kirby helped prepare Rodriguez and Mitch Karraker to share the starting catching role, but when injuries hampered both their respective seasons, Kirby aided true freshman Paul Eshleman to take over the assignment.
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THE KIRBY FILE
Third Season Hitting Catchers Third Base
Before making the move to Eugene, Kirby spent the 2008 season with the UNLV baseball program, serving as the team’s third base coach while also working with catchers, hitters and baserunners. During which time Kirby helped first baseman Xavier Scruggs regain his power stroke, resulting in the Mountain West Conference Triple Crown by leading the league in batting average (.379), home runs (20) and RBI (65). Scruggs is also just the second player in MWC history to earn the Triple Crown. In addition, Kirby directed the Rebel baseball camps. Kirby spent nine years prior to his time at UNLV working with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
PERSONAL Year at Oregon: Third Date of Birth: Oct. 9, 1965 Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif. Wife: Melissa Childen: Lauren (5)
EDUCATION Bachelor’s: Cal State Fullerton, ‘94
COACHING EXPERIENCE: OREGON Asst. Coach.................................. 2009-current UNLV Asst. Coach.................................................. 2008 CAL STATE FULLERTON Asst. Coach............................................1991-99
• has coached 23 All-Americans
A veteran of the collegiate game, Kirby was an assistant at Cal State Fullerton for eight years from 1991-99, working under George Horton and the legendary Augie Garrido. Kirby was a coach on the 1995 College World Championship squad, and made four College World Series appearances (1992, ‘94, ‘95, ‘99) while with the Titans. During his time at both UNLV and Cal State Fullerton, Kirby coached 23 student-athletes who earned All-American honors during their collegiate careers. Including, three first round draft choices and US Olympians. Kirby earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiological sciences from Cal State Fullerton in 1994. He and his wife Melissa reside in Eugene with their daughter Lauren (5).
drafted players list CCAL STATE FULLERTON ASST. COACH 11991 (2) F Frank Charles C-OF, San Francisco 17th round #454, MLB Matt Hattabaugh OF, Chicago White Sox, 21st round #567, A M
11992 (3) P Nevin 3B, Houston, 1st round #1, MLB Phil JJason Moler C, Philadelphia, 4th round #109, AAA YYusef Ford P, Chicago White Sox, 31st round #876, Rookie
11993 (4) N Rodriquez SS, Philadelphia, 21st round #580 Nate TTony Banks OF, Oakland, 21st round #601, High A JJeremy Carr 2B, Kansas City, 23rd round #637, AAA Bret Hemphill C, Milwaukee, 56th round #1505, MLB B
11994 (4) D Dante Powell OF, San Francisco, 1st round #22, MLB JJeff Ferguson 2B, Minnesota, 9th round #239, AAA Jim Betzsold OF, Cleveland, 20th round #549, AA Ji Adan Millan C, Philadelphia, 28th round #786, AAA A
11995 (3) D Olsen 1B, Montreal, 15th round #423, A D.C. TTony Miranda OF, Kansas City, 24th round #666, AA JJoe Fraser 2B, Minnesota, 27th round #744, Low A
11996 (5) M Kotsay OF, Florida, 1st round #9, MLB Mark Brian Loyd C, San Diego, 5th round #140, MLB B JJeremy Giambi OF, Kansas City, 6th round #169, MLB JJack Jones SS, Los Angeles, 6th round #178, AAA SSkip Kill OF, Philadelphia, 27th round #796, AA
11997 (4) M Lamb C, Texas, 7th round #227, MLB Mike C.J. Ankrum 1B, San Francisco, 13th round #388, Low A C JJerome Alviso SS, Colorado, 17th round #522, AAA SScott Seal 1B, San Diego 23rd round #710, AA
11998 (3) On the bases, Kirby helped a young team through its offensive struggles to utilize some of his players’ best talents. A young team not lacking for speed, the Ducks stole 60 bases in 2009 to rank fourth in the Pac-10, and consistently worked on advancing runners executing 49 sacrifices.
A Aaron Rowand OF, Chicago White Sox, 1st round #35, MLB Greg Jacobs H, Anaheim, 13th round #391, AAA G Kevin Duck 1B, Colorado Rockies, 25th round #750, A K
11999 (4) S Spencer Oborn OF, Chicago White Sox, 14th round #429, High A H Reed Johnson OF, Toronto, 17th round #523, MLB R Christopher Beck CF, St. Louis, 19th round #582 C Craig Patterson C, Minnesota, 25th round #749 C
During Kirby’s coaching stops at Cal State Fullerton, UNLV and Oregon 35 of his players have been drafted, while 10 have advanced to the major leagues.
UUNLV ASST. COACH
Kirby joined the Oregon baseball program in September of 2008 to complete the coaching staff that would usher in the first Ducks’ baseball season in 28 years.
OOREGON ASST. COACH
22008 (2) X Xavier Scruggs, 1B, St. Louis, 19th round #575, AA Michael Brenly, C, Chicago Cubs, 36th round # 1,091 M Advanced A A
22010 (1) EEddie Rodriguez C, Florida, 32nd round #977, High A
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Oregon head coach George Horton hired Bryson LeBlanc as the program’s volunteer assistant coach on Jan. 26, 2011. LeBlanc, in his third year with the Oregon program, will coach first base for the Ducks, work with the team’s outfielders and assist with Oregon’s offense. “The Duck baseball program is very excited to announce Bryson LeBlanc as our new assistant baseball coach,” Oregon head coach George Horton said. “Bryson will be a great addition to our coaching staff as we move forward toward developing a nationallyprominent baseball program. Since Bryson was a part of our baseball staff and directed camps, most of our athletic department has become acquainted with his excellence as a person and administrator. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience in developing student-athletes will now be a great asset to
our o program and coaching staff.” LeBlanc is in his third year at Oregon, and has L served as the Ducks camp coordinator since s the t reinstatement of the program, developing in Oregon’s camps and clinics from scratch. Most M recently, LeBlanc served as head coach of o the expansion Cowlitz Black Bears of the West W Coast League in the summer of 2010. The T New Orleans native helped usher in a new era of Oregon baseball as a volunteer n assistant coach with the Ducks in 2009, bea fore fo moving to his camp coordinator position full-time. t During 2009, Oregon’s outfield garnered inD dividual awards as Curtis Raulinaitis earned d Pac-10 Honorable Mention, and starting P center fielder Caleb Tommasini was named c to to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.
LeBlanc earned his Master’s in Physical EduL cation/Exercise & Sports Science with an c emphasis in Sports Business Administration e from the University of Central Missouri in fr May M of 2009. A 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri with w a degree in biological sciences, LeBlanc played baseball for Coach Tim Jamieson and p the th Tigers for two seasons after transferring from Delgado Community College in 2004. fr As A a senior, LeBlanc helped Mizzou reach the Super Regionals for the first time in school S history, advancing out of Malibu as a No. 4 h seed se before losing to Coach Horton’s host Cal C State Fullerton squad. That season, he was w named Mizzou Baseball Performance Athlete of the Year. A
THE LEBLANC FILE ASSISTANT COACH
Second Season Hitting Outfielders First Base
Bachelor’s: Missouri, ‘06 Master’s: Central Missouri, ‘09
OREGON Asst. Coach.................2009, 2011
Year at Oregon: Third Date of Birth: Oct. 19, 1981 Hometown: New Orleans, La.
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Luke EMANUEL DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS Third Season
Jim RADCLIFFE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING Third Season • 26th Year
Luke Emanuel is in his third season as director of baseball operations at the University of Oregon.
A strength and conditioning program is essential to any successful athletics department. In order to perform at an optimal level for sustained periods, the athlete must maintain proper nutritional habits and rest patterns and develop effective training routines.
A native of Salem, Ore., Emanuel is responsible for coordinating team travel, budget planning, database management, on-campus recruiting and the dayto-day operations of the baseball program. In addition, Emanuel serves as the liaison between the baseball staff and academic services, media relations, marketing, fund-raising, ticketing and the training room staff.
Head strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe has designed a program that improves the demands needed for optimal baseball and athletic ability.
Emanuel, who spent a year as a compliance intern at Oregon before switching over to baseball, has previously worked as an intern for a sports agency in Washington D.C. and as an athletic director for a youth sports program in Salem, Ore. Emanuel graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York in 2004.
James HARRIS ASSISTANT AD/STUDENT ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT Third Season James Harris began work with the University of Oregon Athletic Department in 2007 after a five-year tenure as coordinator of sports nutrition at the University of Nebraska. He oversees the implementation of nutrition plans for all sports, customizing specific preseason, competition and postseason nutritional programs to help ensure a healthy diet for all of Oregon’s student-athletes. He earned an undergraduate degree in nutritional science and dietetics from Nebraska in 2000, as well as a master’s in nutrition and health sciences in 2004. James has been a member of the American Dietetics Association since 2001, has been active in the International Society of Sports Nutrition since 2003, and has been involved with the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist Association since 2004.
The baseball program’s strength and conditioning philosophy is based on improving long term and short term goals. In the long term, explosive power is the goal by working on functional strength, directional speed and transitional agility. In the short term, the goal is speed endurance, by improving work capacity, recoverability and stamina. At Oregon, the program is set up for year-round training; in-season, postseason, off-season, and pre-season. Each period has different phases where the program attacks all aspects of comprehensive core strength development, speed, mobility, agility, reaction time, and individualized position specifics. Through the use of a variety of exercise modes, the program uses different types of speed/skill endurance where one can improve tremendously as a complete athlete, as well as a baseball player. Radcliffe has served as Oregon’s head strength and conditioning coach for the last 24 seasons and has played a significant role in the ascension of the school’s athletics department as the designer of the year-round development calendar. Radcliffe furnishes the student-athletes with a wide variety of exercise through weight training and lifting systems, and is a noted authority in the field of exercises dealing with the improvement of speed and quickness. The native of McCloud, Calif., became assistant strength coach at Oregon in 1985, a position he held for two years before assuming the duties of head coach in that area. Radcliffe taught and coached a variety of sports and was the athletic trainer for four years at Aloha High School from 1980-83. He then did graduate study at Colorado and worked in private business prior to joining the Ducks’ staff. Graduating from Pacific (Ore.) in Forest Grove, he played four seasons at defensive back and was captain of the special teams. Radcliffe earned his Master’s in biomechanics from Oregon in 1992. Radcliffe is active in national organizations surrounding his profession and is certified by the United States Weightlifting Federation. He also has written books, been published in numerous professional journals and produced videos on plyometrics, one of the most effective exercise techniques.
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Tom EMBREE ATHLETIC TRAINER Third Season • 15th Year
Tom Embree is in his 15th year at the University of Oregon and third year working with the baseball program. He has previously provided athletic training for the wrestling, women’s basketball, women’s soccer and football teams. Embree is a native of Eugene, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1984 and master’s degree in 1986 in sports medicine from the University of Oregon. From 1986 to 1988, he worked for the Spokane Chiefs professional hockey team, then became head athletic trainer and curriculum director of sports medicine at Eastern Washington University from 1988 to 1995. Embree has served on several athletic training committees at the state level in Oregon and Washington as well as nationally with the National Athletic Training Association. Embree also works with the women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf teams.
Administrative Asst. Third Year
Administrative Asst. First Year
Sports Psychologist Third Year
Dir. Services for StudentAthletes/Academic Advisor
Equipment Manager First Year
Student Intern Third Year
He and his wife, Julie, a physical therapist, have two children, Alexandra (16) and Zachary (13).
Emily Williams Student Intern Third Year
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