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Crumlich, Slaught Honored at UC Irvine's Salute To Scholar-Athletes Banquet
Seniors D.J. Crumlich (Irvine/HS) and Crosby Slaught (Santa Barbara/HS) were among 113 student-athletes honored by UC Irvine Athletics at the annual Salute To Scholar-Athletes banquet on Wednesday night at the Bren Events Center.
Head Coach: UC Irvine
Mike Gillespie's re-entry into the Division I college baseball coaching ranks can only be deemed a success. After managing the Staten Island Yankees in 2006-07, Gillespie returned to the collegiate game to take over the reins of the UCI program in the fall of 2007 and promptly led the team to its fourth NCAA postseason appearance in five years. The Anteaters went 3-0 at the Nebraska regional to advance to the Baton Rouge Super Regional in Louisiana. Ending the season ranked 11th (Baseball America), the team recorded the second-highest number of wins in their Division I history at 42-18 while the pitchers set record marks in strikeouts with 503 as well as posting a 3.27 ERA, the lowest since 1974 and also the third-best in the country. Pitchers Scott Gorgen and Eric Pettis picked up a combined eight All-America Awards while six Anteaters were named All-Big West. Highlighting the group was Gorgen, who became UCI's first-ever Big West Pitcher of the Year.
Gillespie became UC Irvine's eighth head coach and third since the program was reinstated in 2002. Currently ranked in the top 40 among the winningnest active coaches, Gillespie managed the Staten Island Yankees in 2006-07 prior to joining the UC Irvine staff in October of 2007. Gillespie's coaching fame includes a 15-year career at USC, where he guided his teams to 15 postseason appearances, four College World Series appearances (1995, 1998, 2000 and 2001) and a national title in 1998 for which Gillespie was named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Assistant Coach: UC Irvine
Pat Shine begins his fifth season as a member of the UC Irvine Baseball coaching staff. Shine, who was a member of the inital staff when the program was reinstated in 2002, was the head coach at Cal State L.A. in 2007, where he led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Division II West Region championship and was named American Baseball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year. Cal State L.A. posted a record 45 victories (45-17-1) and advanced to the NCAA Division II semi-finals for the first time in school history last season.
Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at Cal State L.A, Shine was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at UCLA, where his first incoming class was tabbed No. 5 by Baseball America. At UCLA, Shine helped the Bruins to an NCAA regional berth in 2006 as UCLA finished the season 33-25 overall.
Assistant Coach: UC Irvine
Bob Macaluso is in his second season as an assistant coach with the UC Irvine Baseball program. Macaluso joined the UCI staff after serving in a similar capacity at Cal State L.A., where he helped the Golden Eagles win the 2007 Division II West Regional title and advance to the College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. Macaluso served as the team's third-base coach and worked with the infielders.
From 1998-2006, Macaluso was the head baseball coach at Muhlenberg College. Taking over a program that had never finished higher than ninth in the Centennial Conference, Macaluso led Muhlenberg to a fourth-place finish in his first season. In 2002, the Mules recorded a school-record 23 wins en route to an appearance in the conference championship series. The following season, the team posted a 21-14-1 record and advanced to the championship series for the second consecutive year. Under Macaluso's tenure, Muhlenberg had its first conference Player of the Year, its first all-regional honoree and saw the school's first no-hitter.
Macaluso has coached in the Cape Cod Baseball League, managing the Brewster Whitecaps for the last five years and was named Manager of the Year in 2003. He served as an assistant coach for the club from 2000 - 2002, helping the team win the league title in 2000.