Sept. 8, 2008
LONG BEACH-- Long Beach State Baseball Coach Mike Weathers signed a five-year extension this week, keeping the Dirtbags Skipper in place through the 2013 season.
"The Long Beach State baseball program is nationally-recognized as one of the premier collegiate programs in the country," said Athletics Director Vic Cegles. "One of the key components to that success has been Mike Weathers. We are proud that he is our baseball coach and we are even more pleased that he will be leading the Dirtbags for the next five years."
Since taking over for legendary Coach Dave Snow in 2002, Weathers has gone 263-153 (.632) over seven seasons, advancing to six NCAA Regionals, two NCAA Super Regionals (2003, 2004) and winning two Big West titles (2003, 2008). He has twice been named the Big West's Coach of the Year. During his tenure with the program, LBSU has hosted its first-ever NCAA Regional and Super Regional and had back-to-back 40-win seasons for just the second time in school-history.
"I would like to thank President Alexander and Athletics Director Vic Cegles for the contract extension and the confidence it shows in what our program has achieved and what we will continue to accomplish. The length of the agreement through 2013 and the financial security it provides will enable me to finish my career at Long Beach State and keep me where I belong."
Academically, the Dirtbags have achieved a multi-year APR score of 948, with the highest scores coming the last two years of the four-year old ranking. Dirtbag Baseball produced a 990 score in 2006-07 and a 971 mark in 2005-06. This past year first baseman Shane Peterson became the Dirtbags first academic and athletic All-American, carrying a 3.85 GPA as a finance, real estate and law major, while also ranking in the Big West in nine different offensive categories.
"Clearly, Coach Weathers has demonstrated that he is one of the premier coaches in the nation," said Alexander. "We are fortunate to have him impacting the lives of our student-athletes."
Since taking over the helm, 53 players have played professionally, with 19 going in the first five rounds. He has coached four Big West Pitchers of the Year and two Players of the Year, and a dozen All-Americans. Two players, Jered Weaver, the 2004 National Player of the Year, and Evan Longoria, were amongst the nation's top players their junior seasons. Since 2001, 13 players have made the Major Leagues, including Bobby Crosby, Weaver, Troy Tulowitzki and Longoria.
Weathers completed a trifecta with the U.S. National Team in the summer of 2007, managing the Americans to a Silver Medal at the Pan American Games. This completed a tour that included a 1970 invitation to play for Team USA and an assistant coaching stint with the Americans in 2003. Each time he was a runner-up to the Cubans for the Silver Medal at the Pan American Games.
In 18 years as a collegiate coach at Utah (1980-81), Chapman (1984-92) and LBSU, he is 542-433-2 (.551). He spent nine years as an assistant under Snow from 1993 to 2001, the final year as the associate head coach.
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