Cruz Gets the Nod

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USC baseball interim head coach Frank Cruz was officially given the keys to the program today on a fulltime basis. 

Frank-Cruz.jpgCruz inherited a last place ball club and turned them into a fundamentally sound unit that has fought to the last out consistently this season.  Coming off a 7-20 conference campaign, the Trojans sit at 10-11 with six Pac-10 games to play.

"I believe Frank is the right fit to lead our baseball program," said athletic director Pat Haden.  "He has the character and integrity that we seek, he knows USC and the landscape of college baseball and he has shown that he can put together winning teams.  I have seen marked progress with our team throughout this season and I like how competitive it has been."

The former Mike Gillespie assistant has embraced the proud USC baseball tradition, which includes 12 College World Series titles, twice as many as any other school.

"USC is the most successful college baseball program in the country and we need to get back to that championship level," Haden continued.  "Having been a part of our success in the past, Frank has a vision on how to return USC to national prominence and to do so by winning in the right way.  He knows he has his work cut out for him next year because we lose the nucleus of this team, but I have been impressed with his ability as a coach, teacher, leader and recruiter."

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Cruz has helped restore the pride to the program.
(Photo by Pierson Clair)

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Congrats coach..... the team loves ya and works hard for ya too. Bring home a Championship, soon!

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