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July 4, 2017 > New baseball head coach named

New baseball head coach named

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Mike Cummins has been named as the fifth head coach of the Cal State East Bay baseball program, Director of Athletics Jason Carmichael announced June 21. Cummins has helmed the Pioneers since September of 2016 under an interim title following the resignation of previous head coach Bob Ralston.

ÒCoach Cummins was a valuable addition to our baseball program and our Pioneer Athletics family this past year, and IÕm thrilled welcome him officially as the head coach at Cal State East Bay,Ó said Carmichael.

Cummins produced three All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) honorees and led East Bay to a 25-24 record in his first season in 2017, notching the teamÕs fourth winning season in the last five years despite preseason injuries to three returning starters. Offensively, the squad finished second in the CCAA in stolen bases (81) and struck out the fewest times of any team in the conference (213).

ÒI am honored to be named head baseball coach,Ó said Cummins. ÒMy staff and I will work hard to improve and grow the success of this program on and off the field. I want to thank President Morishita, Vice President Chaw, and Athletic Director Carmichael for the opportunity to lead the program. Their leadership and support are second to none in the CCAA. Great things are in store for Pioneer Athletics, and my family and I are happy to be a part of it.Ó

Cummins has over 35 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State. Prior to that, Cummins served as the head coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he guided the Warriors to a 151-121 record in six seasons. Before his time at Walla Walla, Cummins spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State.

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. A native of Monterey, Calif., Cummins played two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Santa Clara in the fall of 1977. He was a standout catcher on the 1978 and 1979 Santa Clara teams, helping the Broncos to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 and earning Second-Team All-Northern California Baseball Association honors as a senior in 1979.

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 its league. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.

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.

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