Construction Begins On The Rod Dedeaux Research For Baseball Institute|
Oct. 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- Construction has begun on the Rod Dedeaux Research for Baseball Institute (RDRBI) at Dedeaux Field, USC baseball head coach Chad Kreuter announced today.
The million-dollar facility will replace the existing batting cages on the third base side and increase capacity to nearly 9,000 square feet when the project is completed in December.
The baseball program has joined into a partnership with the USC Medical School, as well as the university kinesiology and sports medicine departments for a state-of-the-art facility. The RDRBI will research injury rehabilitation and prevention as its main goal.
High-definition cameras will be installed around Dedeaux Field as the heart of the project will consist of a three-dimensional analysis system that features many of the concepts created and developed by current USC pitching coach Tom House. The RDRBI also will feature a baseball-specific weight room.
"No other professional or college team will have this type of facility," said Kreuter. "The RDRBI represents cutting-edge technology for our players and future recruits. We understand that technology is prevalent in our society and we are more than happy to utilize it as a tool for training this generation of athletes."
"This will allow the USC program to match the best of coaching science with medical science to minimize the risk of injury for our players and maximize the playing potential of each individual," said House. The program is thrilled to add another tribute to the memory of Rod Dedeaux.
"We feel honored to put Rod's name on this facility because he is the man that built this program," said Kreuter.
Dedeaux, considered by many as the greatest college baseball coach ever, guided USC to 11 national championships, including an unprecedented five straight titles from 1970-74. He coached 59 players who went on to play in the major leagues.