Here's today's batch of coaching news and rumblings:
• Loyola Marymount officially announced Monday that it has hired Ted Silva as its new pitching coach. Silva, who spent the last three years as the pitching coach at UC Irvine, played with LMU head coach Jason Gill at Cal State Fullerton in 1994 and served with Gill on the Titans' coaching staff in 2005-06. Silva is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the West, and he is a terrific hire for Gill, who is entering his third year as the Lions' head coach. LMU has also hired a well-respected hitting coach with Fullerton ties in Bryant Ward, who moved back to the West Coast after a stint at South Florida. That hire is expected to be officially announced later this week. Gill certainly made a splash with his coaching staff overhaul.
• Ward, by the way, was replaced at USF by former Bulls standout Chris Heintz, who spent the last two seasons coaching and managing in the Twins organization. South Florida is still seeking a pitching coach to replace Lazer Collazo, who resigned last month to spend more time with his family. Candidates include Division II Tampa pitching coach Sam Militello (the D-II player of the year while playing for current USF coach Lelo Prado at Tampa in 1990); former Houston coach Rayner Noble (who knows Prado from their days in Conference USA from 1997-2005, when Prado was at Louisville); and former big leaguer Alan Mills (a Lakeland, Fla., resident with coaching experience in the Tigers system).
• Georgia State announced today it has hired Jason Arnold as its pitching coach. Arnold, who started his coaching career at Bethune-Cookman and spent the last two seasons there on Mervyl Melendez's staff, played at Central Florida from 1998-2001 when current Georgia State coach Greg Frady was an assistant there. Arnold then played professionally until 2006 adn spent two years as a high school coach in Florida before joining B-CU.
• As I posted on Twitter on Sunday morning, Houston has hired Jack Cressend away from Tulane to be its pitching coach. Cressend, who spent 11 seasons pitching in professional ball including five years in the major leagues, is a former Tulane player who spent the last two years on the Green Wave's coaching staff, following a two-year stint in scouting. Tulane replaced him by shifting associate head coach Chad Sutter back into his former role as pitching coach and elevating volunteer assistant Jake Gautreau into a full-time role as the hitting coach. Gautreau also had a standout playing career at Tulane and was a first-round pick in 2001.
• Last week, UCLA assistant Steve Pearse left the Bruins to take over as head coach at Reedley (Calif.) JC. He replaced Jack Hacker, who was let go this spring after 30 seasons at Reedley. The buzz on the West Coast is that Oregon assistant Mike Kirby is a strong candidate to replace Pearse on UCLA's staff, but the search is ongoing. Kirby has ties to UCLA assistant Rick Vanderhook from their days together on the staff at Cal State Fullerton.
• More candidates have emerged for the head job at Boston College. According to one source, former Miami assistant Gino DiMare has interviewed for the job, and Wright State coach Rob Cooper will interview for it this week. Other candidates include Virginia Tech assistant Mike Gambino (believed to be the front-runner), Division II Franklin Pierce (N.H.) coach Jayson King, and BC assistant Steve Englert (who will interview later this week). One rumor on a message board and later amplified by a blogger this week said that Miami assistant J.D. Arteaga is a candidate for the job, but Arteaga told BA on Monday that there is absolutely no truth to that rumor.
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