Kreuter out, Cruz in at USC
Assistant coach Frank Cruz has been elevated to
interim head coach for the 2011 season after the firing of head
coach Chad Kreuter by new athletic director Pat Haden.
A former major-league catcher, Kreuter posted a
record of 111-117 (.487) over the past four years with the
Trojans, including 39-63 (.382) in the Pac-10. USC finished no
higher than fifth, including ninth in 2007 and 10th this past
season. USC was 28-32 in 2010, including 7-20 in the Pac-10.
Over the past four years, the Trojans were 3-11 against
cross-town rival UCLA.
The 51-year-old Cruz was a volunteer assistant at
USC for the past two years. He was also an assistant with the
Trojans from 1993-96. He helped USC reach the College World
Series in 1995, its first trip to Omaha in 17 years.
Cruz was head coach at Loyola Marymount from
1997-2008, finishing eighth in West Coast Conference history in
overall wins (329) and sixth in conference victories (170). The
Lions won three straight WCC titles from 1998 to 2000 and made
three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Cruz was named
WCC Coach of the Year three times (1998, 2000, 2004).
Cruz was an assistant coach for Team USA in 2000,
helping the Americans post a record of 27-3-1. Team USA topped
Cuba twice to win the 2000 IBAF Tournament in The Netherlands.
In 2004, Cruz was the head coach for Team USA and
guided the program to its first gold medal at the FISU World
University Championships in Taiwan.
Before coaching at USC, Cruz was head coach at
University High in Los Angeles. He posted a record of 152-68 and
was area Coach of the Year three times. Cruz led University to
the 1988 L.A. City baseball title, four Western League
championships and six appearances in the L.A. City baseball
Cruz attended Santa Monica College and
transferred to Pepperdine, where he earned a bachelor’s degree
in physical education in 1983 and a master’s degree in education