The class includes 15 total newcomers, 13 true freshmen and two graduate transfers.
Andy Nieto, who serves as Troy's hitting coach, is starting his seventh season at USC.
Along with John Savage and Rob Klein, he was named one of the Assistant Coaches of the Year by Collegiate Baseball in 1998.
Nieto, 37, served as the head baseball coach at Glendale (Calif.) Community College in 1996. He was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for East Los Angeles (Calif.) Community College in 1995 and was the head baseball coach at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello (Calif.) for four years (1991-94), where he posted a 62-35 career record and led the Cardinals to three consecutive Camino Real league championships (1991-93).
He also worked as an associate scout for the California Angels (1993-96) and regularly serves as an instructor at several Southern California youth baseball camps. In addition, he was coached the 714 Angels' team in the high school Area Code games in 1993 and 1994.
Nieto was a designated hitter-infielder for two seasons (1985-86) at Cal State Fullerton after starting at second base at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut (Calif.) in 1984. He then played four seasons (1986-89) of professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers organizations.
Following his professional career, Nieto earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from USC in 1991 and a master's degree from Azusa Pacific in 1996.
A 1982 graduate of Schurr High in Montebello, Nieto was a three-year infielder who earned 1982 All-CIF honors.
Andy and his wife, Judy, have a daughter, Samantha (2). His brother, Tony, was a pitcher-utility player at USC from 1991-94.