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#45 Ruben Noriega
Position: Volunteer Assistant
Experience: Redshirt
Ruben Noriega is in his second season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach with the Golden Bears' program. Some of his duties will include working with the outfielders, assisting with the hitters and coaching first base.

Before coming to Cal, Noriega spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. While at San Jose State the baseball program reached an all-time APR (Academic Progress Rate) high (982). In 2012, the Spartans had some big victories including a home-and-home sweep of Stanford and a three game sweep of Fresno State at Fresno. This was the first time the Spartans had swept all their games against Stanford and Fresno State since 1995.

Before working at San Jose State, Noriega spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo. Noriega was the Lions' hitting coach and outfield coach, oversaw the strength and conditioning program and was the assistant recruiting coordinator.

During Noriega's first year as hitting coach at Lindenwood in 2010, the Lions had a team batting average of .323 and an on-base percentage of .421. The team totaled 91 doubles and 42 home runs while outscoring their opponents 390-236. The Lindenwood offense had six all-conference selections and led the Lions to a 41-15 record and a Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA) championship. In 2011, the Lindenwood offense posted several top-30 national marks, including team batting average (.325, 26th), hits (529, 19th), doubles (119, sixth), RBIs (315, 27th) and runs scored (348, 30th). The Lions had the 2011 conference player of the year and four all-conference selections.

Noriega joined Lindenwood in 2008 as a junior outfielder after two years at Los Angeles Harbor College. He contributed to back-to-back HAAC championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Noriega played in 39 games for the Lions and hit .324 with a .471 OBP.

Noriega was a coach for the East Los Angeles Dodgers Organization from 2009-2011, which competes in three summer collegiate leagues, including the Western Baseball Association (three-time league champions 2009, 2010, and 2011), the Southern California Collegiate League and the Orange County Collegiate League.

Noriega received his associate degree from Los Angeles Harbor College in 2007, his bachelor's in physical education from Lindenwood in 2009, and his master's in education with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from Lindenwood in 2011.

Noriega and his wife, Mckenzie, reside in Concord.
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