July 23, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The
A native of West Covina, the 28-yea old Valenzuela no stranger to coaching having served as an assistant coach at St. Mary's College for two seasons (2002 & 2003). While at St. Mary's, Valenzuela coordinated much of the team's community programs, including directing youth camps and clinics. Valenzuela served as the Gaels third base coach, managed recruiting efforts and also directed the team's strength and conditioning program. Valenzuela's background in developing young talent includes managing the pitching staff of the Brewster White Caps of the Cape Code League in 2003.
Valenzuela garnered All-America honors as a prep athlete at
Valenzuela graduated from Pepperdine in 2001 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. His father, Victor, was an assistant boxing coach for the
Below is a list of accomplishments that Valenzuela helped the Toreros achieve this past season.
Under Valenzuela's Guidance USD has...
One Freshman All-American (Closer AJ Griffin)
2008 Recruiting ranked No. 6 nationally by StudentSportsBaseball.com
Team posted a 3.37 ERA, eighth best in the nation
Best Team ERA in the West Coast Conference
Four All-WCC Pitchers
Three WCC Pitcher's of the Month
Three National Pitcher of the Week
Four WCC Pitcher of the Week
Two pitchers named to the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll
One Player named as a quarterfinalist for the Wallace Award
Brian Matusz named Insidepitching.com's West Region Pitcher of the Year
What Others are Saying about Coach Valenzuela...
"Eric Valenzuela is one of the premiere pitching coaches/assistance coaches in the country! There is no way we would have Brian Matusz, Josh Romanski and AJ Griffin here at USD without him (please note team USA & All-American achievements). The development of these guys in particular has been amazing! All of our pitchers have taken it to the next level physically and mentally. Our recruiting class is top ten also".
- Rich Hill, Head Coach University of San Diego
"Eric Valenzuela is one of the bright young coaching minds in college baseball. Not only is he a terrific coach, but an outstanding person and wonderful role model for the young men he coaches. Eric has a great feel for pitching and a tremendous ability to articulate his points and get the most out of a player."
- Pat Murphy,
"Eric Valenzuela is one of the up and coming bright pitching coaches in
- Dave Serrano, Head Coach UC Irvine
"After having two
- Mike Weathers, Head Coach Long Beach State/Team