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September 13, 2007
Former UC Irvine baseball coach Dave Serrano said Wednesday he regrets some of the circumstances surrounding his leaving UCI to become coach at Cal State Fullerton last week. In an e-mail, Serrano responded to a column by Barry Faulkner that appeared in Tuesday’s edition. The column was critical of Serrano for taking the Fullerton job a week after stating he had no interest in the position and would remain at UCI. The following is an e-mail from Serrano: “I absolutely do regret and apologize for misleading anyone associated with UCI, first and foremost my players.
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January 29, 2007
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February 3, 2005
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October 3, 2007
Mike Gillespie is still awaiting approval of his contract terms before officially beginning his term as UC Irvine baseball coach. Gillespie, who last week accepted the school’s offer to replace Dave Serrano, who left for Cal State Fullerton, still hopes to be cleared in time to oversee the start of practice Thursday. But as of Tuesday, the school had not received word from University of California headquarters in Oakland, where officials are required to approve contracts that exceed a certain monetary threshold.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 6, 2009
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie, who signed a three-year contract when taking the job before the 2008 season, has received a two-year extension through the 2012 season, UCI Athletic Director Mike Izzi said. Gillespie, who guided USC to the 1998 national championship and 15 postseason appearances in 20 season as the Trojans head coach, led the Anteaters to the program’s first Big West Conference crown and its first No. 1 national ranking in 2009. The Anteaters were 45-15, including a 22-2 conference record.
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By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2012
Danny Bibona's mastery of the changeup helped him twice earn Big West Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors as a pitcher for UC Irvine. So it was no surprise that very soon after his pitching career ended in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, he has quickly shifted career paths to another passion: college coaching. Bibona, 24, was named pitching coach at UCI on Thursday, though his position on the staff is volunteer assistant. He replaces Jason Dietrich, who left last month to become pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton.
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December 23, 2004
The UC Irvine baseball team reached territory it hadn't seen in 27 years when Collegiate Baseball tabbed the squad 36th among the publication's "Fabulous 40" preseason poll. It is the first time the Anteaters have been ranked in a preseason poll since UCI joined Division I for the 1977-78 season. UCI relief pitcher Blair Erickson earned individual recognition when he was tabbed "Louisville Slugger" preseason third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.
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May 31, 2005
Barry Faulkner As expected, UC Irvine failed to earn a berth in the NCAA Division I baseball regionals, an occurrence first-year coach Dave Serrano vows will be the exception to the rule for the Anteaters. "This program has everything it needs to be in the regionals and we should be in the regionals," said Serrano, whose squad went 31-25, 10-11 in the Big West Conference, where it finished fifth. "I will feel like a failure in my coaching career unless I have this program in the regionals each and every year.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 13, 2012
Though the rivalry could never be completely dampened, rain washed out the schedule opener of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series between UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton on Friday night. The two teams plan to resume their rivalry Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark. The second game, scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. will honor tickets for Friday's game. The park will be cleared after Saturday's first game, so separate admissions will be charged.
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December 17, 2013
George Kuntz, who guided the UC Irvine men's soccer program to the NCAA Tournament four of the last six years, winning four Big West Conference regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the process, announced Monday he had accepted the same job at Cal State Fullerton. Chris Volk, Kuntz's lead assistant and goalkeeper coach the last 17 seasons who was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, has expressed interest in the UCI head-coaching job, a source close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
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December 17, 2013
George Kuntz, who guided the UC Irvine men's soccer program to the NCAA Tournament four of the last six years, winning four Big West Conference regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the process, announced Monday he had accepted the same job at Cal State Fullerton. Chris Volk, Kuntz's lead assistant and goalkeeper coach the last 17 seasons who was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, has expressed interest in the UCI head-coaching job, a source close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
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By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2013
Former UC Irvine baseball coach Dave Serrano said the one move that proved most catalytic in the Anteaters' evolution as a national power occurred when then-freshman walk-on Ben Orloff was inserted into the lineup as the everyday shortstop in 2006. Serrano, now the coach at Tennessee, believes the recent hiring of Orloff as an assistant coach may once again propel the Anteaters back toward the top. "They've probably hired their next head coach," Serrano said of Orloff, who could replace Mike Gillespie at the helm as soon as the 2015 season.
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By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2012
Danny Bibona's mastery of the changeup helped him twice earn Big West Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors as a pitcher for UC Irvine. So it was no surprise that very soon after his pitching career ended in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, he has quickly shifted career paths to another passion: college coaching. Bibona, 24, was named pitching coach at UCI on Thursday, though his position on the staff is volunteer assistant. He replaces Jason Dietrich, who left last month to become pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 13, 2012
Though the rivalry could never be completely dampened, rain washed out the schedule opener of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series between UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton on Friday night. The two teams plan to resume their rivalry Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark. The second game, scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. will honor tickets for Friday's game. The park will be cleared after Saturday's first game, so separate admissions will be charged.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 6, 2009
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie, who signed a three-year contract when taking the job before the 2008 season, has received a two-year extension through the 2012 season, UCI Athletic Director Mike Izzi said. Gillespie, who guided USC to the 1998 national championship and 15 postseason appearances in 20 season as the Trojans head coach, led the Anteaters to the program’s first Big West Conference crown and its first No. 1 national ranking in 2009. The Anteaters were 45-15, including a 22-2 conference record.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 29, 2009
The folks at Rosenblatt Stadium like to call the College World Series the Greatest Show on Dirt. The NCAA baseball regional being contested this weekend at UC Irvine’s Anteater Ballpark, may have a claim as the Show on the Greatest Dirt. The playing surface at the 3,200-seat home of the nation’s No. 1-ranked team has also earned elite status, according to those who know it best, the UCI players and coaches. “Our surface is better than any field we play on,” UCI senior shortstop Ben Orloff said.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 19, 2009
The veteran core of the UC Irvine baseball team knows what it’s like to get to Omaha and experience the College World Series. Just as importantly, they also know what it’s like to come up tantalizingly short of their game’s ultimate destination. “Three outs away” is a mantra that consumed many Anteaters fans in the recent off-season, after UCI took a 7-4 lead into the ninth inning of a would-be-clinching Super Regional game at LSU last season, only to see the Tigers rally for a 9-7 win. LSU then sent the ’Eaters packing with a 21-7 trouncing in the decisive third game to advance to Omaha.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 4, 2008
The ink circles on calendars and schedules have long dried, some raw nerves have calmed and some of the emotion expected to carry over into the Big West Conference baseball series between Cal State Fullerton and host UC Irvine has been diffused. But even so, few are denying that the return of Dave Serrano to Anteater Ballpark sets the stage for high drama between the two Orange County and conference rivals, who begin a three-game set tonight. Serrano guided UCI to its first College World Series last season, then accepted the head coaching job with the Titans, for whom he played and was an assistant coach.
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December 31, 2007
1 UC Irvine baseball: Six seasons after resurrecting a program that had been dormant for nine seasons, the Anteaters tied for third at the College World Series in Omaha. Before, the team had not won a Division I postseason game in four tries. They finished the regular season tied for second in the Big West Conference, before winning the Round Rock Regional hosted by the University of Texas, then winning a best-of-three Super Regional at Wichita State. UCI’s four games in Omaha included a 13-inning marathon victory to eliminate Cal State Fullerton — the longest game in CWS history — and another dramatic 10-inning triumph that eliminated Arizona State the next day. The list of heroes read like a lineup card as pitchers Scott Gorgen (third-team All-American)
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By Barry Faulkner | December 30, 2007
The announcement, made by the Cal State Fullerton media relations department Sept. 7, hit the UC Irvine baseball program and its supporters like a fastball to the eye socket. For, like the unprecedented postseason run that had just thrust UCI onto the national sports landscape, nobody saw this one coming. Just seven days prior to being named baseball coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he had both played and coached, former UCI head man Dave Serrano had issued a statement disavowing any interest in replacing his mentor and friend, George Horton, who had left Fullerton for a big paycheck and a blank canvas at the University of Oregon.
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