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Silva leaves for LMU

UCI pitching coach exits after three seasons. Dietrich elevated to fill vacancy.

July 08, 2010|By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com

The UC Irvine baseball coaching staff has been reshuffled with the departure of pitching coach Ted Silva to Loyola Marymount.

UCI Coach Mike Gillespie said Thursday that, pending administrative approval, Jason Dietrich, the Anteaters director of baseball operations the last three seasons, would replace Silva as pitching coach.

Eric Deragisch, a former Anteater standout who was the student volunteer coach last season, will assume the role of director of baseball operations, pending approval, Gillespie said.

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Gillespie said Silva left on good terms and was lured to LMU by Lions Coach Jason Gill, a former UCI assistant. The two are good friends, said Gillespie, who estimated that Silva will make an estimated 25% more at LMU than he did at UCI. Silva's involvement with camps at LMU will add some of the additional income, Gillespie said.

"After [Gill] let go his assistants about three weeks ago, he called me to ask for my blessing to talk to Ted," Gillespie said. "They have been friends since the early 1990s. Ted and I got along great. I liked him. I think this was just a good career move for him. I was surprised that Loyola was able to do what it did financially for him."

Gillespie said he has full confidence in Dietrich, who was the pitching coach and recruiting cooordinator at Cal State Los Angeles under UCI associate head coach Pat Shine in 2007. Dietrich, who pitched five seasons professionally, four in the Colorado Rockies organization, was also the pitching coach at Irvine Valley Community College from 2002 through 2006.

He pitched collegiately at Pepperdine after transferring from Santa Ana College. He played at Mater Dei High.

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