LA JOLLA — UCSD Athletics announced the hiring of Eric Newman as its new head baseball coach Aug. 29.
Newman was the pitching coach at Nebraska since 2007 and served as the head coach at Dallas Baptist from 2004 until 2007. A San Diego Padres draft pick, Newman played eight seasons of professional baseball.
“We’re very excited to welcome Eric Newman to the Triton family,” said Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards. “His outstanding reputation and his experiences as both a head and assistant coach will enable the baseball program to continue to operate at the high standard that it has in the past.”
Newman will be taking over the Triton program from Dan O’Brien who resigned in June to take the head position at NCAA Division I Santa Clara.
“I’m really honored to be coming in and taking over a program that has established itself as one of the best in Division II,” said Newman. “I plan on continuing to build on the success that Coach (Dan) O’Brien developed while he was here…and I’m really looking forward to working with the Triton baseball family.”
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-plus 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.