Jason Gill enters his eighth year at the helm of the LMU baseball program with the 2016 season. Under Gill's guidance, LMU has accumulated 39 All-WCC selections, four Freshmen All-Americans, two WCC Defensive Players of the Year, an ABCA All-West Region selection, two WCC Freshmen of the Year, 24 Academic All-Conference selections, an Academic All-District selection, 22 players drafted in the MLB Draft, and has played for the WCC Championship three times.
Consistently bringing top talent into his program, Gill's 2011 recruiting class was ranked #23 in the nation according to Baseball America, marking the first top-25 class for LMU in 15 years. He then posted a #22 recruiting class in 2013, giving the Lions two Top-25 classes in three years. LMU was one of only six private schools that had a Top-25 recruiting class from 2011 to 2014, and one of only two Non-BCS schools to have had a Top-25 recruiting class over that span (Cal State Fullerton). In addition, LMU was the only non-BCS private school to have a Top-25 recruiting class during those years, and was the only WCC school to twice have a Top-25 recruiting class. Gill's incoming class for the 2014 season was tabbed as the 34th-best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. LMU was just one of four non-BCS schools to make the list, and just one of five private schools lauded. The class was also tied for the best in the West Coast Conference.
The 2015 season saw the Lions go 33-21-1, reaching the WCC Championship Game for the second straight year. The 33 victories were the most for a Lion team since recording 40 in 2000 (40-19). Seven Lion players garnered All-WCC honors, including David Fletcher earning a spot on the first team for the second straight year. David Edwards, Austin Miller and Colin Welmon found themselves on the second team, while J.D. Busfield, Trevor Megill and Sean Watkins took home honorable mention honors. Watkins would also receive Freshman All-American accolades as a two-way player. In the June Amateur Draft, LMU had a player selected in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds, marking the first time since 2005 that LMU has had three players selected in the top-10 rounds.
Ronnie Prettyman begins his first season as an assistant coach with the LMU baseball program in 2016. Prettyman comes to LMU after most recently serving at his alma mater as a coach within the Cal State Fullerton baseball program.
Prettyman helped guide the Titans to a 39-25 overall record in 2015, including a berth in the NCAA College World Series for the 17th time in program history. The run to Omaha was the first since 2009, ending Fullerton's five-year drought without a trip to Omaha - the longest in school history. Cal State Fullerton also claimed its 20th Big West Conference title by way of a 16-5 record.
Prior to his stint with the Titans, Prettyman coached three seasons at Indiana State, including guiding the Sycamores to a pair of NCAA Tournament bids.
Dan Ricabal, who spent six years serving as a pitching coach at various levels in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization prior to coming to LMU, will begin his fourth season as LMU's pitching coach during the 2015 campaign. Ricabal, who was teammates with LMU head coach Jason Gill at Cal State Fullerton in 1994, helped guide LMU to a 32-24 overall record (best since 2004) and a 17-10 mark in the WCC to claim second place and a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament in 2014.
Over the three years as LMU's pitching coach, Ricabal has guided his staff to a 3.80 ERA, including posting Top-10 LMU season ERAs in each year. Ricabal is also responsible for developing three of LMU's Top-10 best individual season ERAs, including Colin Welmon's 2.30 ERA in 2013 - good for fourth overall on the list and the best mark since 1971. Training under Ricabal in his first three seasons, Welmon enters 2015 with the third-best ERA in LMU history (2.86).
The 2013 season saw the Lions finish with a 24-27 overall record in 2013, including a 12-12 mark in the WCC. Ricabal's pitching staff finished the year with an LMU record 3.17 ERA, led by a trio of All-WCC selections in right-handers Welmon, Aaron Griffin and Patrick McGrath (honorable mention).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bobby Andrews begins his third year at LMU with the 2015 season, serving his second season as the volunteer assistant coach after a year as a Director of Baseball Operations. Andrews came to the bluff after a successful four-year playing career in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two years in Independent League baseball.
Andrews helped guide LMU to a 32-24 overall record (best since 2004) and a 17-10 mark in the WCC to claim second place and a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament in 2014.
Like he has virtually throughout his tenure, head coach Jason Gill dipped into the former players of Cal State Fullerton file to find a coach in Andrews. Andrews was drafted out of Cal State Fullerton in 2005, going in the seventh round to the Orioles. 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.
Director of Baseball Operations
Matt Florer begins his second season on the LMU coaching staff in 2016, serving as the Director of Baseball Operations. Florer, who finished his playing career as a Lion in 2013, appeared in more than 70 games over his tenure and threw only the second no-hitter in LMU history on April 23, 2013 against Cal State Northridge.
Florer's 2011 sophomore campaign might have been his strongest, as the left-hander went 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA over a team-high 26 appearances. Florer's duties on the coaching staff consist of orchestrating all of the High School Elite Prospect and Team Camps, while also assisting with scheduling, traveling and other off-campus outreach programs.
In just his first year at LMU, Florer founded the LMU Baseball Academy that brought in more than 200 local attendees within the Los Angeles community. Florer hosted events such as little league outreach camps, hitting, pitching, and defensive youth clinics as well as creating the Marina Lions youth teams that practice and compete in local tournaments and national events. Along with founding LMU's youth academy, Florer hosted more than 18 High School Elite Prospect/Team Camps over the course of his first year. These High School camps helped expose more than 350 High School athletes, from more than 80 plus schools, to the beautiful Loyola Marymount University campus and facilities.