May 28, 2010
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State will introduce its new head baseball coach, Troy Buckley, at a press conference on campus at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. The announcement will be held in the Ukleja Room in the Walter Pyramid, and will be open to the public.
The announcement will be the first official act for new head coach Troy Buckley, who will assume head coaching duties following the retirement of Mike Weathers, who will be coaching his final game Sunday against UC Irvine in the season finale for the Dirtbags.
Buckley made his return as the team's pitching coach for the 2010 season after spending two years as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator with the Pirates. In that position, Buckley oversaw the overall development of every arm in the Pirates farm system, and also worked in conjunction with the Major League ballclub over spring training development and through the season regarding player movement.
That opportunity came on the heels of the tremendous success that Long Beach State's players have had both at the collegiate and professional levels. Since Buckley came to Long Beach State in 2001, the Dirtbags have earned five Big West Pitcher of the Year awards, and in 2004 Jered Weaver was named the National Player of the Year after posting a 15-1 record with 213 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA.
Buckley was instrumental in the recruiting of Weaver, Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, and many of the other nine former Long Beach State players competing in Major League Baseball in 2010. He will immediately assume the everyday duties of leading the team.
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