Feb. 22, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- LMU baseball head coach Jason Gill was named to USA Baseball's 2012 Collegiate National Team coaching staff on Tuesday. Gill and Grand Canyon head coach Andy Stankiewicz join Oregon head coach George Horton as assistants under current Tennessee head coach and USA Collegiate skipper Dave Serrano. Although Gill previously served as an auxiliary coach during the 2000 collegiate trials process, he and Stankiewicz will be making their debut as official coaching staff members in 2012.
"I am thrilled to have been asked to be a part of Team USA Baseball by Dave Serrano and Eric Campbell," Gill said. "To wear the Red, White and Blue and compete against the world¹s best is a dream come true. Dave Serrano is not only a great coach, but a great competitor as well, and he has assembled an unbelievable group to work with. It is an honor and a privilege to be able represent the United States of America and work with our nation¹s best amateur baseball players."
Gill joins former head coach Frank Cruz on the list of Lion head coaches that have been affiliated with USA Baseball. Cruz served as an assistant coach on the 2000 USA Baseball National Team before serving as head coach in 2004.
"We are pleased to announce the completion of our 2012 Collegiate National Team coaching staff as the college baseball season gets underway," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams. "Jason Gill, Andy Stankiewicz and the rest of our administration staff will be excellent additions to the collegiate program, and we look forward to this summer when they will represent our country in competition."
Gill is in his fourth year at the helm of the LMU baseball program, having posted 30-win seasons in two of his first three years as head coach. He most recently guided the LMU baseball program to its best overall record since 2004, posting a mark of 30-25 in 2011. The Lions finished 11-10 in the West Coast Conference, earning a tie for third overall. Gill and his coaching staff also guided the LMU pitching staff to a 3.25 team ERA in 2011 -- the best for LMU since 1968 when season stats were first recorded. The Lions placed five players on All-Conference teams, while four were taken in the MLB draft, including three in the first 12 rounds. For the four years preceding his start as LMU's seventh skipper in program history, Gill worked under Horton at Oregon and Cal State Fullerton, serving as the head coach's recruiting coordinator, infield coach and as a primary hitting instructor.
Stankiewicz begins his first season as Grand Canyon University's head baseball coach in 2012 and becomes the fourth skipper in the history of the school's baseball program. Most recently, he held the position of minor league field coordinator for the Seattle Mariners. Prior to his stint with the Mariners, Stankiewicz was a member of the Arizona State University baseball coaching staff from 2007-09, where he helped guide the Sun Devils to three Pac-10 championships and two appearances in the College World Series. Stankiewicz also brings to GCU a professional coaching background, having served as manager for the New York Yankees' NY-Penn League team in Staten Island. While there, he guided Staten Island to the NY-Penn League Championship in 2005.
Also announced Tuesday were the remaining members of the 2012 collegiate team's administration staff. Danny Wheat of Texas Christian will serve as the team's certified athletic trainer, Oregon's Mitch Karraker has been named the club's bullpen coach and auxiliary administrator, and Tennessee's Cameron Harris will serve as the team press officer.
Wheat enters his eighth year as an ATC for the Horned Frogs, and 2012 will mark his fourth appearance in the red, white and blue. Karraker is in his first season as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Ducks, while Harris enters his second year as an assistant media relations director for the Vols. Both men will be making their debut on a Team USA administration staff.
The 2012 Collegiate National Team season kicks off on June 24 with a practice in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The team will then embark on a four-game tour through the Coastal Plain League, June 25-27, and July 1, against the Fayetteville Swampdogs, Wilmington Sharks, Morehead City Marlins, and the Forest City Owls.
Remaining schedule dates and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks on USABaseball.com. LMU returns to action on Friday when it welcomes Cal Poly to Page Stadium to open a four-game series at 2 p.m.