Mountaineers Hire New Pitching Coach
West Virginia’s baseball program has a new pitching coach, as Dave Serrano has been hired to oversee the Mountaineer hurlers.
Serrano, who has won 446 games and taken two different teams to the College World Series as a head coach, will serve as pitching coach at WVU.
“I am extremely excited that Dave is joining our coaching staff,” West Virginia head baseball coach Randy Mazey said. “He is considered one of the best pitching coaches in all of college baseball, and his track record of developing pitchers at a very high level certainly proves that, having coached 19 pitchers that have pitched in the major leagues. The success that he has had in his career on a national stage, with seven trips to the College World Series, a national championship and earning National Coach of the Year honors, will certainly continue to elevate our baseball program to national prominence.”
A 13-year head coaching veteran, Serrano is one of just 12 coaches all-time to lead two different teams to the College World Series. He led UC Irvine from 2005-07, Cal State Fullerton from 2008-11 and Tennessee from 2012-17. Serrano owns a career record of 446-302-1.
“I am excited to join the West Virginia University baseball program,” Serrano said. “I would like to thank coach Mazey for the opportunity to come to WVU and join the Mountaineer family. There is a lot of momentum and excitement around this program, and I look forward to being a part of it and helping to continue to build on that. I would like to thank Shane Lyons, Keli Zinn and Matt Wells for their hard work and commitment during the process. I am excited to get to work and see where we can continue to take this program.”
Serrano has helped guide his teams to seven College World Series appearances, including the 2004 national title at Cal State Fullerton as an assistant coach. As a head coach, he led UC Irvine to the World Series in 2007 and Cal State Fullerton to Omaha in 2009.
Since Serrano’s coaching career began in 1988 as an assistant at Cerritos College, his teams have won 15 conference titles and made the NCAA Tournament 16 times. He has coached 183 draft picks, including 11 first-round selections, and 37 have reached the Major Leagues.
Serrano comes to Morgantown after spending the last six seasons as the head coach at Tennessee, where his recruiting classes were ranked in the top 20 each season.
Following the 2012 season, Serrano served as the head coach of the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which he guided to a 12-5 record and a bronze medal at Honkbal Week in the Netherlands.
Serrano came to Tennessee after four years as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he compiled a 175-73 record from 2008-11. He led the Titans to the NCAA Tournament each year, including the College World Series in 2009 and the Super Regionals in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was named the Big West Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and won the conference in three of his four seasons.
Serrano’s Division I head coaching career began at UC Irvine, where he went 114-66-1 from 2005-07. He guided the Anteaters to two postseason appearances, including their first College World Series in 2007. Serrano was named the Baseball America National Coach of the Year in 2007.
From 1997-2004, Serrano served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal State Fullerton, where his teams went 356-154-1 and made the NCAA Tournament every season. The Titans won a national title in 2004 and made four trips to Omaha.
From 1995-96, Serrano was an assistant coach at Tennessee, helping the Volunteers to a pair of NCAA Regionals and a World Series berth in 1995.
Serrano’s coaching career began at Cerritos College, from 1988-94. He compiled a 221-88-1 record in seven seasons, including one year as the head coach, in 1991, when he was named the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year. His teams won five conference titles and a state title in his time at Cerritos College.
Serrano played two seasons at Cerritos College. In 1985, he went 12-1 and earned Junior College All-America accolades while leading the Falcons to a state title. He played at Cal State Fullerton in 1986, where he earned a 3-4 record with one save in 15 appearances.
Serrano earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and University in 2003. He has three sons: Kyle, Zach and Parker.