Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:07

UCLA Baseball Assistant TJ Bruce Hired as Nevada Head Coach

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Bruce TJ 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA Baseball assistant coach TJ Bruce has been hired to be the new head coach at the University of Nevada, it was announced by the school today. The hiring marks Bruce’s first head coaching opportunity.

 

Bruce, who served as the infield coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting assistant, spent five seasons under Head Coach John Savage, helping UCLA post a 202-103-1 overall record. UCLA advanced to the postseason four times during his tenure, including two trips to the College World Series (2012, 2013), resulting in the program’s first-ever NCAA title in 2013.

"We are very excited for TJ and his opportunity at Nevada,” said Savage. “He did a very good job at UCLA and we look forward to following him in Reno."

As the team’s recruiting coordinator, his efforts were largely responsible for UCLA securing the nation’s No. 2-ranked incoming class in the fall of 2012 (as ranked by Baseball America). Since arriving in Westwood, Bruce helped the Bruins achieve three top-10 recruiting classes in total (No. 3 in 2011, No. 2 in 2012 and No. 7 in 2014).

An excellent fielding coach, Bruce led the Bruins to an overall fielding percentage of at least .976 in four of his five years. In 2013, Bruce’s work produced a school-record .980 fielding percentage, which ranked sixth-best in the nation, while last season, his efforts resulted in a .977 fielding percentage, which ranked 18th-best in the nation.

Prior to his arrival at UCLA, Bruce spent five seasons (2005, 2007-10) as an assistant coach at Long Beach State, helping lead the 49ers to NCAA Regional appearances in 2007 and 2008. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach at Long Beach State in 2005, guiding the 49ers to an NCAA Regional berth.

Bruce is now the fifth assistant under Coach Savage’s tutelage to go on to become a head coach at the collegiate level, joining Brian Green – New Mexico State, Jason Gill – Loyola Marymount, Steve Pearse – Reedley College and Rick Vanderhook – Cal State Fullerton.

 

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