After two successful seasons as an assistant coach at Long Beach State, Greg Bergeron has been promoted to Associate Head Coach for the Dirtbags.
With two decades of coaching experience, primarily in Southern California, Greg Bergeron brings valuable experience to the Dirtbags coaching staff. Bergeron spent the previous decade as the hitting coach on Dave Serrano's staff, which most recently landed him at the University of Tennessee as Serrano's Associate Head Coach.
During his first two years at the Beach, Bergeron has helped guide the Dirtbags to highly successful seasons at the plate. Long Beach State scored 310 runs in 2016 and 312 in 2017, resulting in the highest two-year total since 2009-10. The Dirtbags also hit 60 home runs in Bergeron's first two seasons, more than the previous five seasons combined (55 home runs). LBSU saw improvements in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and stolen bases during the 2017 season, which culminated in a Big West Championship and NCAA Super Regional appearance.
A Cerritos, Calif. native, all of Bergeron's previous playing and coaching experience came in Southern California, spending the previous seven seasons working with Serrano at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
In Bergeron's four years at Cal State Fullerton, the Titans made postseason in all four years while advancing to the Super Regionals three times and making one trip to the College World Series. Under his direction, the Titans offense had one of its most successful seasons in 2010 with a .337 team batting average that ranked 17th in the country and second in CSUF history.
His success in Fullerton was a continuation of the success that he also found at UC Irvine where he also helped the Anteaters to a College World Series appearance for the first time in school history. After starting as a volunteer assistant for the 2005 season, Bergeron began running the offense in 2006 with UCI topping the Big West in nearly every offensive category.
Prior to UCI, Bergeron spent eight years coaching at the Junior College level with a year at Cerritos College and seven at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. He was the head coach at El Camino in 2004 after serving as an assistant for the previous six seasons. In his seven seasons, he had 52 players continue to play baseball at four-year institutions with 30 going to Division I programs.
His coaching career began at Loyola Marymount as a volunteer assistant in 1996. He finished his playing career at LMU, earning All-WCC honors as a senior in 1994. He played his first season of collegiate baseball at Cerritos College and played his sophomore and junior seasons at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he was the conference batting champion as a junior.
During his 20-year coaching career, Bergeron has worked with over 90 players who have been selected in the MLB Draft, including five first-rounders and 10 who have advanced to the Major Leagues. Bergeron also manages the Dirtbags recruiting efforts and intends to make Long Beach State a long-term home.
"My family and I have been very fortunate throughout my coaching career to be a part of some special universities and baseball programs and we feel the same now. We are very happy to be back in Long Beach and are ready set roots here with Dirtbag Baseball and the Beach."
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