San Diego announced Monday that it has hired a replacement for pitching coach Eric Valenzuela, who left to take a job at crosstown rival San Diego State last month. USD coach Rich Hill hired Tyler Kincaid from nearby Palomar (Calif.) JC to be the new pitching coach, and he elevated hitting coach Jay Johnson from associate recruiting coordinator to head recruiting coordinator and top assistant. The Toreros also elevated Ramon Orozco to volunteer assistant assistant and added Nik Crouch to the staff as director of baseball operations.
Kincaid had been the pitching coach at Palomar from 2005-09. His pitching staff this spring led all California junior colleges with a 2.60 ERA, and two pitchers on the staff earned all-America honors. Before that, Kincaid served as pitching coach at San Francisco State from 2002-05. But his five summers as pitching coach for the Chatham A’s in the Cape Cod League also played a significant role in his hiring at USD.
"T.K. has established himself as a top pitching technician," Hill said. "He is one of the best guys around in dealing with mechanics and conditioning. His experience in dealing with elite players in the Cape is invaluable."
Johnson has played a key role in USD’s recruiting efforts over the last four years and helped reel in the nation’s No. 1 class in 2008.
"Jay has established himself as one of the premier recruiting guys in the country," Hill said. "He is quickly rising as one of the brightest young coaches in the college game today."