Dec. 3, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton baseball head coach Dave Serrano is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, to receive his 2007 Baseball America National Coach of the Year Award at the publication's Seventh Annual Awards Gala to be held during Major League Baseball's winter meetings Dec. 4.
The Gala is an all-encompassing awards show that honors individual and organizational baseball achievements from the high school level to the major leagues. Last year's list of honorees included Ken Griffey, Jr. (Lifetime Achievement), Justin Verlander (Rookie of the Year), The Los Angeles Dodgers (Organization of the Year) and Peter Gammons (Lifetime Achievement).
Serrano earned his first Coach of the Year Award following the 2007 season that saw him lead his former UC Irvine squad to its first-ever College World Series appearance with a 47-17 overall record. With an at-large bid to the postseason following a second-place Big West Conference finish, the Anteaters swept through the Round Rock (Texas) Regional and the Wichita State Super Regional to advance to Omaha as one of the nation's final eight teams.
It was Serrano's sixth trip to Omaha, Nebraska as a coach (Once with Tennessee, four times at Fullerton), but first as a head coach.
Serrano attributes much of his success to his assistant coaches, and will be taking with him former Irvine and current Fullerton coaches Sergio Brown and Greg Bergeron. The trio will be in Nashville from Nov. 3-5.
This is the second national award the first-year Titan skipper has garnered from the long-time baseball publication. In 2004 Serrano won Baseball America's Assistant Coach of the Year honors as assistant to former head coach George Horton on the heels of the Titans' fourth National Championship.