Andy Rojo returns for his third season with the Dirtbags as an assistant coach. Rojo will serve as the team's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach while working with the outfielders and serving as the team's first base coach.
Formerly the associate head coach to Dennis Rogers at Riverside Community College, RCC won the 2007 state championship behind a 37-18 record, after reaching the Super Regionals behind a 36-14 record in 2006.
In six combined seasons at his alma mater, RCC went 189-85 (.690). The Tigers went 115-61 (.653) over the last four seasons, as Rojo served as the program's first full-time recruiting coordinator. He previously was an assistant at RCC in 1997 and 1998, helping the Tigers win league in 1998, as the team went 37-22 both years. One of his former recruits during the 1998 season was current Dirtbag single-season HR record holder Jaeme Leal.
Two of the last three recruiting classes were ranked No. 1 in California, with the eventual 2007 state championship class receiving a No. 2 national ranking. In four years, 18 players were named all-conference for the Tigers, as the program also produced the Orange Empire Conference's MVP (2007) and Pitcher of the Year (2006). One of his former recruits, pitcher Tommy Hanson enjoyed a breakout rookie season for the Atlanta Braves in 2009. Another former recruit outfielder Thomas Neal is currently the fourth-rated prospect for the San Francisco Giants.
Rojo finished up his playing career at Cal Poly Pomona in 1996 as an all-conference performer, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in History, after spending the 1995 season at the University of Florida as a reserve infielder. As a starter during his sophomore season at RCC in 1994, he earned second-team all-OEC honors and earned the team's Golden Glove Award. He was also named the school's Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He made the Dean's List all four semesters. A 1992 graduate of Etiwanda High School, he was a two-year letterwinner and team MVP as a senior.
Off the field, Rojo was a featured speaker at the 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association's National Convention in Philadelphia. He teamed up with his former college coach Dennis Rogers and presented on infield development.
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