USC fires baseball coach |

USC fires baseball coach

LOS ANGELES – Chad Kreuter has been fired as Southern California baseball coach by new athletic director Pat Haden.

Haden made the move Monday, then named assistant Frank Cruz as interim head coach.

Haden became athletic director last week, saying one of his goals was to return USC’s baseball program to national prominence. He says firing Kreuter was necessary to revitalize the program. USC has won 12 College World Series titles.

Kreuter had an overall record of 111-117 in four years at USC, including a 39-63 Pac-10 mark. The Trojans never finished higher than fifth in the conference standings, including 10th last season.

USC was 28-32 overall last season and 7-20 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans were 3-11 against crosstown rival UCLA under Kreuter, a former major league catcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cruz spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Trojans. He previously was an assistant to USC coach Mike Gillespie from 1993-96. He spent 12 years as head coach at Loyola Marymount. Haden says Cruz will be among those considered for the permanent job.

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