UC Riverside welcomed Troy Percival '91 back to the Highlanders family as its new head baseball coach on July 29, 2014.
Percival was a catcher during his three years with the Highlanders, and was drafted after his junior year by the California Angels in the sixth round of the 1990 Amateur Draft.
Following a year as a catcher in the minors, Percival was converted to a relief pitcher, and during his rookie season of 1995, he finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year balloting, going 3-2 with three saves and a 1.95 ERA, striking out 94 batters in 74.0 innings. The Angels made him their full-time closer in 1996, and he rewarded them by recording 36 saves and striking out 100 batters in 74.0 innings. Percival earned his first of four All-Star nods that season as he finished fourth in the league in saves.
Two years later he would notch 42 saves, the second most in Angels history at the time, en route to his second All-Star selection. Percival recorded 30 or more saves in each of the next six seasons, including the 2002 campaign where he went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA and 40 saves. He also was credited with seven saves during the Angels 2002 postseason run, including Game 7 of the Halos' World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Bryson LeBlanc joined the Highlanders coaching staff in August of 2011 following four years at Oregon where he helped build the PROGRAM from its infancy as the team was brought back for the 2009 season after the school discontinued the sport in 1981.
At various times, LeBlanc served as the team's first base coach, worked with the team's outfielders, assisted with Oregon's hitting and offense, and oversaw Oregon baseball camps and clinics as the director for four years.
He coached Pac-10 All-Conference selection Danny Pulfer, who in 2011 became the first UO position player to earn the honor since the program was reinstated. Following 2011, Oregon also had three position players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft: Jack Marder (16th round), Pulfer (19th round) and KC Serna (42nd round).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Andy Lozano joined the UC Riverside Baseball Coaching Staff as a volunteer assistant in August of 2014. A 1980 graduate of Santiago High School, Lozano excelled in track, football, baseball and basketball. He would go on to play baseball in Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
His coaching career began in 1992 at the University of Redlands where he was charged with working with the team's outfielders. More recently, Lozano was the outfield coach at Poly High School from 2008-10, and at Moreno Valley High School from 2012-13.
Lozano is also a respected businessman in Southern California, having owned and operated a commercial Plumbing Company, Plumbing Masters, with his brother Felipe for 28 years.
In his spare time, Lozano enjoys lifting weights, playing golf, basketball and baseball, and is a third degree black belt in Kempo Karate. He and his wife Lauri have five daughters-Jennifer, Heather, Lauren, Anna and Lola-and a son, Ryan, who serves our country in the Navy. Andy and Lauri have resided in Riverside for the past 30 years.
Director of Baseball Operations
Justin Johnson joined the UC Riverside Baseball Coaching Staff in September of 2014 as the program's director of baseball operations following one year as the head coach at Saint Katherine College.
Prior to his stint with the Firebirds, Johnson spent two seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Cal Tech, where he helped the Beavers to the programs first WIN in ten years. Johnson began his coaching career at Valley View High School where he helped guide the Eagles to two CIF Playoff appearances.
A graduate of Diamond Bar High School, Johnson played at Mt. SAC for legendary coach Art Mazmanian. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, and played a summer as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in extended spring training. Johnson lives in Moreno Valley with his wife, Dana, and their daughter, Hope.