After receiving a long-term contract extension in July 2013, Dan Hubbs enters his second season as head coach for the Trojans in 2013-14. He was elevated to head coach from associate head coach on February 13, 2013, when he was named the sixth head baseball coach at USC since 1930. Hubbs spent the 2012 season as the associate head coach of Troy, and prior to that he spent 12 seasons as the pitching coach at California.
Hubbs was a three-year (1991-93) letterman at USC and currently ranks fourth on the Trojans' career saves list (22) and eighth on the career strikeouts per inning chart (9.19). He posted a career record of 19-13 with a 3.58 ERA in 81 appearances (64 in relief).
In his 12-year (2000-11) tenure at Cal, the 42-year-old Hubbs regularly produced team ERAs among the lowest in the Pac-10. Three times, his pitching staff set a school record for season strikeouts, including 475 in 2011 when the Golden Bears--a program that was slated to be discontinued after 2011 due to budget cuts but was saved through fundraising efforts--advanced to the College World Series for the first time since 1992. His 2011 staff was second in the Pac-10 with a 2.90 team ERA, posted 11 shutouts and at one point went 47 innings without allowing an earned run.
Besides being a top recruiter, he helped develop some of the greatest pitchers in Cal history, including current major leaguers Brandon Morrow, who became the school's highest draft pick ever (fifth in 2006), and Tyson Ross, Freshman All-Americans Kevin Miller (2008), Justin Jones (2010) and Kyle Porter (2011) and 2011 All-Pac-10 first teamer Erik Johnson. He produced Pac-10 save leaders in 2001 (Matt Brown) and 2004 (Jesse Ingram) and the school's career strikeout leader (Trevor Hutchinson). He had four pitchers drafted in 2011 and three in 2008. Between his time at Cal and USC, 28 of his pitchers sign professional baseball contracts.
Before going to Cal, Hubbs was the pitching coach of the Yakima Bears (a short-season single A minor league Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate in Yakima, Wash.) and assisted Pepperdine during the 1999 season.
After seeing action in just four games as a 1990 freshman, he had a 7-2 record with a 3.60 ERA as a relief pitcher in 1991 as the Trojans won the Pac-10 title. He went 7-6 in 1992 with a 3.97 ERA as a starter. He returned to the bullpen in 1993, setting the since-broken USC season saves record (a national-best 18) while going 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA and a team-high 90 strikeouts as he earned All-American first team and All-Pac-10 first team honors. The Trojans advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 1990, 1991 and 1993.
He had a seven-year (1993-99) minor league career with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. He finished second in the Dodgers' organization with 126 strikeouts in 1994. In 1996, he went a combined 16-1 between AAA Albuquerque (7-1) and La Romana (9-0) of the Dominican winter league, and was named to Baseball America's Winter League All-Star Team. He led the Pacific Coast League in appearances in 1997, taking the mound 62 times in a 144-game season. He finished his career with a 27-16 record with nine saves and a 3.75 ERA. In 427 innings, he struck out 436 while walking only 172.
Hubbs earned a bachelor's degree in finance from USC in 1993.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1971. He and his wife, Alison, a USC graduate, have 2 sons, Patrick and Charlie.
USC baseball great and former major leaguer Gabe Alvarez is set to enter his fourth season as an assistant coach at USC in the 2013-14 season.
Alvarez played at USC as a shortstop from 1993-95 and had a career .338 batting average for the Trojans with 28 home runs and 163 RBI. He earned Baseball America All-America second team honors in his 1993 freshman season after batting .326 with eight home runs and 53 RBI. In 1994, he was a first team All-America pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after batting .326 with seven home runs and 51 RBI.
In 1995, he was part of the Trojan squad that made its first trip to the College World Series since 1978 as USC reached the national title game. After batting .361 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI, Alvarez earned ABCA and NCBWA All-America first team, Collegiate Baseball All-America second team and Baseball America All-America third team honors.
He was a second-round selection in the 1995 major league baseball draft by the San Diego Padres and played three seasons in the major leagues (1998-2000). He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. He made his debut in 1998 with the Tigers, batting .231 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was eventually traded to the San Diego Padres in 2000, where he finished his career by playing 92 total major league games.
The El Monte native and graduate from Bishop Amat High has an 12-year-old daughter, Madison.
Matt Curtis begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Trojans in 2013-14.
Prior to coming to Troy, Curtis was the head coach at Cal State Northridge from 2011-13, where he helped turn around the Matador program, leading them to a fourth place finish in the Big West. With a record of 15-12 and an overall record of 31-26, 2013 marked the program's best record since 2002. That mark was achieved on a non-conference schedule that was ranked the eighth-toughest in the country. The team's conference finish last season was the program's second-highest finish since joining the Big West.
In 2012, Northridge improved its win percentage from the year before and also reached 10 wins in the Big West Conference for the first time since 2002 (later matched by the 2013 finish of 15 wins). In his first season at Northridge, Curtis led the Matadors to a 23-33 season and saw a number of players receive postseason accolades, including two that were selected in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
In 2011 and again in 2013, Curtis' squads set school records in fielding percentage. He coached one All-American, one Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, nine All-Conference honorees, four MLB draft picks to go with 12 student-athletes signing professional contracts under his watch. He finished his tenure with a 77-89 overall record.
Prior to his time at CSUN, Curtis was a major contributor in one of the West Coast's most successful college programs, Fresno State, where he served as assistant coach for a program that won five consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won the 2008 College World Series. During his ten seasons in Fresno, the Bulldogs compiled a 362-272 record.
Curtis first joined the Fresno State coaching staff as a student assistant for one season in 1998 before returning to the Bulldog bench two years later. From 2000-02, he served as volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with the catchers and hitters in conjunction with his duties as first base coach. With his catchers earning All-American honors during his two seasons as a volunteer, Fresno State wasted no time in recognizing his efforts and naming the team's assistant coach in July of 2002 under two-time National Coach of the Year Mike Batesole.