USA Baseball Chooses Savage To Lead CNT

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Long-time UCLA head coach John Savage will serve as the manager for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team next summer, the organization announced Thursday morning.

The 51-year-old Savage is no stranger to the USA Baseball organization. He served as an assistant for the Collegiate National Team back in 2000. That team, which was managed by UC Irvine head coach (then USC head coach) Mike Gillespie, included coaches such as Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin, former Louisville and South Florida head coach Lelo Prado and former Loyola Marymount and USC head coach Frank Cruz. That squad went an impressive 27-3-1 and won the gold medal at the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.

Savage has earned a stellar reputation as the Bruins’ head coach. He got UC Irvine going when its baseball program was brought back and ultimately transformed UCLA into a national power. The Bruins had long struggled to create an identity until Savage arrived. In addition to establishing himself as one of the premier pitching minds in college baseball, tutoring arms such as Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole, among others, Savage has completed 12 seasons with the program – guiding them to eight NCAA tournament appearances and three College World Series appearances.

The most important CWS appearance of all came in 2013 as the Bruins defeated Mississippi State to capture the program’s first national title. The Bruins also were close to winning a national title in 2010 as they fell just short of South Carolina with Bauer and Cole highlighting the weekend rotation.

Savage’s coaching career has been filled with success and he now gets to live out another dream by coaching Team USA.

While Savage will manage the team next summer, USA Baseball must now fill the rest of the coaching staff. Sources told D1Baseball.com on Thursday that no decision has been made about assistants and that the process was still in the infant stage.

USA Baseball made a wise decision with the hiring of Savage. Now the preparations for next summer begin.

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