• 2012 CCAA Coach of the Year
Eric Newman is in his sixth season as the head coach of the University of California San Diego baseball program in 2017. He was named to the position on Aug. 29, 2011, becoming UC San Diego's second leader since the school moved to NCAA Division II status for the 2001 season.
The 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year has compiled records of 164-106 overall and 119-74 in arguably the toughest conference nationally in the NCAA Division II. Newman has directed the Tritons to two CCAA tournament titles and one CCAA regular-season banner, compiling five straight winning campaigns, four of them with 30-plus wins, upon arriving in La Jolla. UCSD has earned three NCAA Championship berths, advancing to back-to-back West Region finals in 2014 and 2015, and made four trips to the CCAA tournament, including three in a row.
In 2015, Newman's pitching staff set new single-season program records for lowest earned run average (2.84), shutouts (13), strikeouts (469) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.72). The All-American ace of that unit, Justin Donatella, became UCSD's highest Major League Baseball draft pick in almost three decades, earning selection in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2012, his first campaign with the Tritons, Newman was named the CCAA Coach of the Year after guiding the team to its fourth straight league regular-season and tournament championships. The Tritons qualified for their sixth consecutive NCAA West Regional as well.
UCSD won a slew of individual awards, led by starting pitcher Ryan Goodbrand and centerfielder Danny Susdorf, who each garnered All-America recognition. Six Tritons picked up all-region accolades and eight were named to All-CCAA teams. Reliever Elias Tuma showed his prowess in the classroom as well by being named a Capital One Academic All-American.
The 2013 season was a 10th straight in which UCSD produced a winning overall record. Susdorf was a consensus all-region performer, Troy Cruz joined him on the All-CCAA First Team as the CCAA Freshman of the Year, and shortstop Dillon Moyer was made the 38th-round draft selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seven Tritons in all have been offered professional contracts since Newman arrived on campus, in Donatella, Moyer, Tuma, Jeff Rauh, Trevor Scott, Richard Seigel and Tony York.
Prior to coming to La Jolla, Newman had been the pitching coach at Nebraska and served as the head coach at Dallas Baptist University. A draft selection of the San Diego Padres, he played eight seasons of professional baseball.
In 2008, his first season as pitching coach at Nebraska, Newman wasted no time making an impact as his staff played a major role in getting the Huskers to the NCAA Regionals for the ninth time in 10 years. He took a contingent that had just 14 returning wins and guided the team to 41 wins and a No. 1 regional seed. For the season, NU was tops in the Big 12 in complete games (7) and ranked among the league leaders in saves (17, second), strikeouts (491, third) and ERA (4.18, third). The ERA ranked 23rd nationally, while the 491 strikeouts were the most at NU since 2005 and the staff's 8.46 strikeouts per game set a new school record.
The 2008 Huskers featured two-time All-American Johnny Dorn, as well as All-Big 12 selections Thad Weber and Dan Jennings. Five pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including Aaron Pribanic (third round, Seattle), Jennings (ninth, Florida), Dorn (15th, Florida), Weber (16th, Detroit) and Zach Herr (38th, San Diego).
In 2010 and 2011, Newman boasted top 15-ranked recruiting classes.
Prior to arriving in Lincoln, Newman spent five years (2002-07) at NCAA Division I independent Dallas Baptist. Named the program's head coach in 2004, Newman led the Patriots to a 95-72 (.569) record and guided the program through its transition to Division I.
During Newman's years at the helm, the Patriot program turned out a Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American in Drew Holder and 14 All-Independent Team picks. Newman had three players invited to Team USA trials and 15 of his players, including eight pitchers, were drafted or signed professional free agent contracts.
In 2005, the Patriots were top 15 in the country in batting average, runs scored, doubles and slugging percentage. In 2006, the team was top 10 nationally in runs, doubles, home runs and slugging.
Newman was named the 2006 Independent Coach of the Year.
From 2002-2004, Newman was the associate head coach and pitching coach at Dallas Baptist. During his tenure, he lowered the team ERA from 5.80 to 3.28. The 3.28 in 2004 would have ranked seventh nationally had DBU not been provisional Division I status at the time.
The Patriots won their second consecutive NCCAA national championship in 2004, a season that saw five pitchers finish with ERAs under 3.00. The duo of Lance Broadway and Jeff Gilmore each recorded 10 wins. Broadway, a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Roger Clemens Award in 2005, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round and made it to Major League Baseball in 2007.
Dallas Baptist also won a NCCAA title in 2003.
Patriot pitchers tossed a perfect game and three no-hitters under Newman.
While at DBU, Newman was instrumental in fundraising, helping secure over $600,000 to build a new clubhouse and renovate the indoor hitting facility in 2006. In 2005, Newman assisted in starting the Minuteman Booster/Alumni Club.
A fifth round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 1994, Newman pitched professionally for eight seasons with four different organizations. Overall, he ended his career with a 44-44 record over 600+ innings. He averaged less than one hit per inning and nearly one strikeout per inning for his career. He saw action all the way up to the AAA level.
Newman played in the minors for the Padres (1994-98), the Chicago Cubs (1999-2000), the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002). He was a player/coach for the Vero Beach Dodgers in the Florida State League.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Newman played two seasons at Fresno State before transferring to Texas Tech. In 1993, he won a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship with the Bulldogs. The next season, he was tabbed All-Southwest Conference as a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Newman earned a master's degree in higher education from Dallas Baptist in 2004. He did his undergraduate work at Texas Tech and received a bachelor's degree in family studies in 1997.
Newman resides in La Jolla with his wife, Melissa, and three sons, EJ, Jack and Joshua.
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