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USC hires Andy Stankiewicz to rebuild its baseball program



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USC has employed Andy Stankiewicz to be the Trojans’ new baseball coach, turning to a well-respected veteran to rebuild a fractured program that has probably the most nationwide titles on the Division I degree however hasn’t reached the postseason since 2015.

Stankiewicz, an Inglewood native, former Main League Baseball infielder and four-time Western Athletic Convention coach of the yr, is leaving Division I Grand Canyon College in Arizona to steer the Trojans, a supply not licensed to remark publicly forward of a staff assembly Sunday morning advised The Instances. The information was first reported by D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers.

USC fired coach Jason Gill on June 6 after three turbulent seasons main the Trojans. The staff completed final within the Pac-12 Convention, and Gill closed with a 60-59 document. His tenure was marred not solely by two shedding seasons, but additionally two university investigations first reported by The Times — one into his conduct and one other into potential NCAA guidelines violations. USC’s compliance investigation discovered just one secondary violation.

Sources advised The Instances a number of gamers have been poised to depart this system if a training change wasn’t made.

USC athletic director Mike Bohn attributed a few of Gill’s struggles to distinctive stress utilized by COVID-19 and vowed to discover a coach able to serving to the Trojans compete for nationwide championships.

Excessive-profile candidates have been linked to the job, together with former MLB shortstop and Texas volunteer assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki, however all reportedly handed on the chance. The challenges rebuilding the roster and adapting to disruptions brought on by building forward of the 2028 Olympics sophisticated the search.

USC has gained 12 NCAA titles, however Stankiewicz is its fifth coach in 16 years. USC made only one NCAA regional (2015) look throughout that stretch whereas biking via coaches who mixed to provide simply two successful seasons.

Stankiewicz has a 341-239-2 profession teaching document and led Grand Canyon College to regular-season Western Athletic Convention titles in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021.