After just 16 days, USC’s search for a new baseball coach is over.
The Trojans have hired longtime Loyola Marymount head coach Jason Gill to be their new skipper, USC athletic director Lynn Swann announced in a statement Friday. In the announcement, Swann made clear he expects Gill to return the most decorated program in college baseball history back to its place of historical relevance.
“Our desire was to get someone who can elevate USC baseball back into the postseason and help the team once again compete for a College World Series title,” Swann stated. “We also wanted someone with a history of putting together a staff that can consistently prepare players to not only succeed in the college game, but at the next level as well.”
Gill spent 11 years at LMU, leading the Lions to a 322-286-1 record. This past year, LMU went 34-25 and reached the finals of the College World Series’ Los Angeles regional bracket before losing to top-ranked UCLA.
A former Cal State Fullerton infielder, Gill’s coaching career dates to 1995, when he got his start as a graduate assistant for the Titans. He got his first full-time assistant job in 1997 at Nevada before spending time in the same role at LMU, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Oregon.
In 2009, Gill returned to LMU as the Lions’ head coach. Through his career, he’s worked with future MLB players like Khris Davis, Justin Turner and Mark Kotsay.
Gill replaces Dan Hubbs, whose contract was not renewed last month following seven seasons as USC’s head coach. The Trojans went 188-200-1 in that span and made the postseason only once – in 2015 after finishing third in the Pac-12.
USC’s statement announcing the hiring touted Gill’s experience as a recruiter, pointing out he spent seven years as a recruiting coordinator during his career.
Now, Gill is ready to take over the head job at the program that’s won more national championships (12) than any other Division I baseball team.
“I am looking forward to building on the traditions established by the great players and coaches from the most storied college baseball program in the country,” Gill said in a statement after thanking Swann for the opportunity. “USC’s commitment to winning championships while providing a top tier education is unmatched. I am extremely excited and can’t wait to get started.”
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