September 20, 2016 > Cummins named CSU East BayÕs interim head baseball coach
Cummins named CSU East BayÕs interim head baseball coach
Submitted By Steve Connolly
Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) interim director of athletics Dr. Don Sawyer has announced the hiring of Mike Cummins as CSUEBÕs interim head baseball coach for the 2017 season. Cummins joins the Pioneers after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. He brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the Pioneers, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State.
ÒI would like to thank Dr. Sawyer, Joan McDermott, and Vice President Debbie Chaw for entrusting the baseball program to me,Ó Cummins said. ÒI look forward to continuing the upward direction that Coach Ralston and Coach Lewis had the program going. IÕm excited to get going and start preparing for the tough CCAA schedule.Ó
In his six seasons at the helm of San Francisco State, 14 Gators received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recognition, including the programÕs first conference Freshman of the Year selection in 2013.
An alumnus of Santa Clara University, Cummins had a 24-year coaching and playing stint at his alma mater, including a four-year run as the head coach from 1997 to 2001. With Cummins on staff, seven Broncos earned All-America honors, three were named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, three others won WCC Pitcher of the Year and two SCU rookies garnered conference Newcomer of the Year awards.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 1979 with a bachelorÕs degree in history, Cummins signed a professional contract with the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, an independent Class A team, and batted .302 while leading the team in RBI in his only year with the club.
Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in conference. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View.
Cummins is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and sits on the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.