California pitching coach Dan Hubbs has been an integral part of the Golden Bears' baseball program since arriving with head coach David Esquer in 2000. Besides being a top recruiter, Hubbs' pitchers have regularly produced team ERAs among the lowest in the Pac-10 and in 2008 his hurlers set a school record with 435 strikeouts, surpassing his 2001 squad that had 422 strikeouts. He has also helped cultivate some of the greatest pitchers in school history, including right-hander Brandon Morrow, who became the school's highest draft pick ever when he was the fifth pick overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2006, and most recently Kevin Miller, who was a Fresh-man All-American in 2008 and was second in the Pac-10 in ERA (2.90) and opposing batting average (.196).
In 2008, Hubbs had three pitchers drafted - Tyson Ross, a second round pick of the Oakland A's; Craig Bennigson, a ninth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies and Matt Gorgen, a 16th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. He has also produced Pac-10 save leaders in 2001 (Matt Brown, eight) and 2004 (Jesse Ingram, 10), the school's career strikeout leader in 2002 (Trevor Hutchinson, 284), and has seen 25 of his pitchers sign professional baseball contracts.
A former standout pitcher at USC, Hubbs, 39, joined Cal after playing for the Trojans from 1990-93, followed by seven-year minor league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1999 he officially retired as a player to join the Bears' coaching staff. Hubbs had previously been the pitching coach of the Yakima Bears (a short-season single A minor league Dodger affiliate in Yakima, Wash.) and assisted Pepperdine during the 1999 season.
Hubbs' professional career highlights include finishing second in the Dodgers' organization with 126 strikeouts in 1994. In 1996, he went a combined 16-1 between AAA Albuquerque (7-1) and La Romana (9-0) of the Dominican winter league, and was named to Baseball America's Winter League All-Star Team. Hubbs led the Pacific Coast League in appearances in 1997, taking the mound 62 times in a 144 game season. He finished his career with a 27-16 record with nine saves and a 3.75 ERA. In 427 innings, Hubbs struck out 436 while walking only 172.
At USC, Hubbs helped lead the Trojans to the Pac-10 title in 1991 and NCAA Regional appearances in three of his four years (1990, `91, `93). He finished his career at USC with a 19-13 record and a 3.58 ERA. As a senior, Hubbs led the nation in saves with 18 and was tops on the Trojans' squad with 90 strikeouts and a 2.96 ERA in 76.0 innings.
After the `93 season, Hubbs was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News, second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the College Baseball Writers and third-team All-American by Baseball America. He was also a first-team All-Pac-10 pick and an All-District 8 second team selection. During the 1993 NCAA Central II Regional in Austin, Texas, Hubbs was selected to the all-tournament team. Against Cal State Fullerton, he earned a save in the first game, striking out five batters in two innings, and pitched 8.0 relief innings in the second game to pick up the win (allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven).
On the USC career list Hubbs is third in career saves (22), sixth in career strikeouts per nine innings (9.19), ninth in career appearances (81) and 11th in career strikeouts (254).
Hubbs earned a bachelor's degree in finance from USC in 1993. He and his wife, Alison, reside in Richmond and have two sons, Patrick (nine) and Charlie (seven).