Jason Gill, who has College World Series experience as both a player and coach, and guided Loyola Marymount to the brink of a 2019 NCAA Super Regional appearance, was named USC baseball’s head coach on June 14, 2019.
Gill comes to USC after 11 seasons at Loyola Marymount, where he posted a 322-286-1 (.530) overall record. This past year, he led the Lions to a 34-25 record and into the NCAA postseason, with LMU reaching the final of the Los Angeles Regional after wins over Baylor and UCLA, before narrowly falling to the top-seeded Bruins.
Gill’s LMU teams have made the West Coast Conference Tournament (top four teams in the conference) five of the last six years, with the Lions winning the tournament title this past season and a regular season title in 2017.
He has made a total of four trips to Omaha as a player and coach, reaching the College World Series as a player with Cal State Fullerton in 1994 and then returning as an undergraduate assistant under legendary coach Augie Garrido with the Titans’ 1995 National Championship squad. Gill later served under George Horton as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping to lead the Titans to CWS appearances in 2006 and 2007. In total, Gill has been to the postseason nine times as a coach.
Known as an outstanding recruiter and developer of talent, Gill has seen 31 Lions selected in the MLB Draft during his tenure at LMU and three of them have reached the big leagues, including David Fletcher with the Angels. Over the entirety of his coaching career, both as an assistant and head coach, Gill has worked with 24 players who went on to make it to the majors. Notable names on that list include Khris Davis, Justin Turner, Lyle Overbay, Aaron Rowand, Mike Lamb, Mark Kotsay and Jeremy Giambi.
Gill brought in a pair of Top 25 recruiting classes while at LMU, something that hadn’t been done in 15 years at the school. In total during his time as an assistant, Gill served as a collegiate recruiting coordinator for seven seasons, recording six recruiting classes in the Top 30 and two in the Top 10 over that span to solidify his place as one of the top recruiters in the country. In his 11 years as a head coach at LMU, Gill helped develop 62 All-WCC players, four WCC Defensive Players of the Year, two WCC Pitchers of the Year and five All-Americans.
Prior to his time at LMU, he was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator under Horton at both Cal State Fullerton and Oregon, bringing in a Top 10 recruiting class in 2007 at Fullerton. He was Horton's first hire as both men left Cal State Fullerton to begin the reconstruction of the Oregon baseball program in 2007.
Gill spent the three years (2001-04) preceding his time with the Titans at UC Irvine, where he brought in the No. 8 class in the country for the Anteaters in 2002 and had a pair of Top 30 classes following that. At UC Irvine, he helped guide the program back from extinction and worked alongside then UCI head coach John Savage to get the Anteaters back to the postseason in 2004.
Gill was an assistant at LMU in 1999 and 2000, helping to lead the Lions to WCC titles in both seasons, and prior to that worked as an assistant at Nevada (1997-98), helping to lead the Wolfpack to the program’s second ever postseason appearance.
He also comes to the Trojans with Team USA experience, serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Collegiate National Team in both 2012 and 2016.
A local product who prepped at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Gill received his bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton in kinesiology in 1996. Gill, who was born on April 7, 1970, lives with his wife, Kacey, and his son, Shane.
Silva comes to USC after serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska under Darin Erstad, helping the Huskers to three NCAA Tournament appearances and six appearances in the Big 10 Tournament since 2012.
Silva’s pitching staffs at Nebraska were ranked in the top 100 nationally in ERA four times during his tenure, including the 24th best ERA (3.12) in the country in 2015. On the recruiting side, Silva’s 2019 class was ranked as high as No. 16 in the country and his 2013 class was the highest ranked in school history, coming in at No. 11 nationally that year. The Huskers’ 2014 class was also ranked in the top 25 as well.
During Silva’s time as the Nebraska pitching coach, nine Husker arms were selected in the MLB Draft, including Aaron Bummer, who made his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2017.
Prior to his time in Lincoln, Silva served as Gill’s pitching coach in his inaugural season at LMU in 2011, helping the Lions’ pitchers cut their ERA nearly in half from the previous season to 3.25, which was good for 30th in the country. Three LMU pitchers were eventually selected in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Silva served the three preceding seasons (2008-10) at UC Irvine under legendary skipper Mike Gillespie, helping the Anteater pitchers to 19 combined All-America awards and some of the best numbers in program history. Silva’s UCI staffs had the nation’s third-best ERA (3.27) in 2008, a program-record 503 strikeouts in 2008, tied the program record with 20 saves in 2009 and led the Big West in ERA (3.98) and strikeouts (483) in 2010.
He spent the 2007 season at Fresno State, working under Head Coach Mike Batesole, and helping to lead the Bulldogs to an NCAA Regional appearance and the second best ERA (4.54) in the WAC.
Silva started his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Cal State Fullerton (2005-06), working for Head Coach George Horton and alongside Gill to get the Titans to Omaha in 2006.
As a player for the Titans, Silva pitched three seasons (1993-95), posting a 26-7 overall record and 2.92 ERA. As a teammate of Gill, he helped lead the 1994 team to Omaha and then played a central role on the 1995 National Championship squad, earning the win in the title game against USC.
Silva was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round of the 1995 MLB Draft and spent five seasons in the Rangers organization. He also spent a year pitching overseas in Taiwan and played one year of independent ball in the Atlantic League.
A Southern California native, Silva attended Redondo Union High School, where he graduated in 1992. He and his wife Tiffany have one son, Andrew.
USC baseball great and former major leaguer Gabe Alvarez is set to enter his 10th season as an assistant coach at USC in the 2020 season. Alvarez also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Trojans.
The team’s official recruiting coordinator since 2015, Alvarez has helped produce multiple Top 25 recruiting classes and was named one of the nation’s Top 30 recruiters by D1Baseball.com in 2016. The Trojans’ 2018 class was ranked No. 14 in the country by Baseball America and was the top ranked class in the west by Perfect Game. The 2017 class was ranked 17th nationally.
A standout infielder himself, Alvarez has helped the Trojans develop one of the best defensive infields in the nation during his tenure. As a team, USC has had at least a .973 fielding percentage seven of the last nine seasons and the infield has turned at least 40 double plays seven of the last eight years as well. Alvarez has helped develop four All-Pac-12 first team infielders during his tenure and coached third baseman Brandon Perez to Gold Glove honors in 2018.
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 and 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 one daughter, Madison.
Bobby Andrews enters his first season as a volunteer assistant at USC in 2020. Andrews previously served as an assistant under Head Coach Jason Gill at LMU, and prior to that had a successful four-year playing career in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two years in Independent League baseball.
Andrews helped guide the Lions to their first postseason appearance since 2000 in 2019, when LMU won the WCC and finished with a 34-25 record. The Lions made the final of the UCLA regional, taking the host Bruins to the brink of elimination before falling. Andrews also helped guide the 2017 LMU team to a 38-win season in 2017, the sixth most wins in program history. Andrews was an assistant with the Lions for the past three years (2017-19), a volunteer assistant for three season prior to that (2014-16) and was LMU’s Director of Baseball Operations in 2013.
Andrews was drafted out of Cal State Fullerton in 2005, going in the seventh round to the Orioles. He appeared in 327 games as a professional, reaching the double-A level, posting a total of 254 hits, 170 runs scored, 91 RBI, 84 stolen bases, 34 doubles, 10 triples and seven homers as a pro.
While at Fullerton, the speedy outfielder helped guide the Titans to a 2004 National Championship serving as its starting right fielder. Andrews hit .325 for the Titans in that championship year, collecting 21 runs scored and 15 RBI as a sophomore. In his final campaign, Andrews hit .297 with 13 stolen bases and 23 RBI.
Prior to heading to Fullerton, Andrews was a standout player at Rancho Buena Vista High School, in Vista, Calif. There, he helped his team to a Division I CIF Championship in 2002 and was named High School Male Athlete of the Year.
Andrews earned his degree in communications with an emphasis in entertainment studies from Cal State Fullerton in 2010. Andrews has a fiancé, Cristine, and two sons, Ryder and Tucker.