California head coach David Esquer has named former Cal volunteer assistant coach, Brad Sanfilippo, as the program’s new hitting coach for the foreseeable future.
Before being hired at Berkeley, Sanfilippo served as the recruiting coordinator and third base coach at San Jose State during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. From 2010 – 2012, he was a volunteer assistant coach that handled first base coaching duties for the Golden Bears. During Sanfilippo’s previous coaching tenure at Cal, the program appeared in two NCAA Regionals, a Super Regional and the College World Series in 2011 — the team’s 6th overall CWS berth since the program began play in 1892.
Before his coaching career began, Sanfilippo was the head coach for six seasons at Los Gatos High School near San Jose in the Silicon Valley. At Los Gatos, Sanfilippo led the Wildcats to the school’s first two Central Coast Section titles in school history in 2006 and 2009. Overall, Sanfilippo finished at Los Gatos with a record of 139-51 which included four Santa Clara Valley Athletic League/De Anza Division titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009. In addition, Sanfilippo was named San Jose Mercury News and Palo Alto Newspaper Group Coach of the Year in 2006.
During his time as an outfielder at the University of California – Davis, Sanfilippo started three years for head coach Bob Milano and held a career-high batting average of .350 during his junior season. Prior to his collegiate career, Sanfilippo played football, basketball and baseball at Los Gatos, where he was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2009.
Since the program’s CWS run in 2011, the team has not appeared in the NCAA Division-I tournament. Last season, the Golden Bears finished with a conference record of 13-17 and an overall record of 26-27 (8th/11 in the Pac-12). Statistically, the Bears posted less-than stellar numbers last season in WHIP (1.30, 66th nationally), ERA (3.45, 74th), fielding percentage (.968, 120th), walks allowed per nine innings (3.43, 122nd), runs per game (3.9, 267th), team batting average (.241, 278th), and on-base percentage (.316, 286th)… to name a few.