Fresno Pacific College Athletics

Oscar Hirschkorn has been the pinnacle baseball coach at Fresno Pacific College because the program’s inception (2006). In 18 seasons he is led this system to a 470-396-1 all-time document, seven regional postseason appearances, three World Sequence appearances (NAIA and NCCAA) and back-to-back World Sequence championships (2014-2015).

The Sunbird baseball program has constructed a popularity for growing top-level expertise and sending it to the following stage. FPU has put 15 gamers into the skilled ranks because the program’s inception, together with eight gamers chosen within the MLB Beginner Draft.

In 18 seasons at FPU, Hirschkorn has coached 48 all-conference gamers, 4 convention/area pitchers of the 12 months, two area gamers of the 12 months, eight All-People, two nationwide Gold Glove winners and one participant who went on to achieve the most important leagues. In September of 2011 Chris Schwinden made his main league debut with the New York Mets after incomes Mets’ minor league pitcher of the 12 months honors and making the Triple-A All-Star Recreation. Schwinden, who was drafted in 2008, grew to become Fresno Pacific’s first big-leaguer in this system’s younger however profitable historical past. “He made the calls. He received me seen by scouts so many of the credit score goes to him. I used to be actually near being performed with baseball. I am unable to say sufficient good issues about Coach Oscar and Fresno Pacific,” Schwinden would say after being referred to as as much as the Mets. 5 different former Sunbirds have gone on to be chosen within the MLB Beginner Draft, together with pitcher Jesse Darrah within the eighth spherical of the 2011 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks (the very best select of any 4-year college within the Valley that 12 months). Many others have been signed by main league groups or different skilled groups after the draft. FPU baseball made its postseason debut in simply its third season as a program (2008) with Hirschkorn being named convention coach of the 12 months. Earlier than becoming a member of the NCAA Division II, FPU certified for 4 straight NAIA Championship Opening Spherical appearances from 2008-2011 and was ranked within the NAIA Prime-25 for 4 consecutive years. In 2009, in simply its fourth season, the Sunbirds reached the NAIA World Sequence, ending fifth within the nation. In 2014, Hirschkorn led this system to its first World Sequence title, being named NCCAA nationwide coach of the 12 months. He repeated each accolades in 2015. In 2022, the Sunbirds made the primary ever PacWest Baseball Championships below the course of Hirschkorn, which was hosted by Fresno Pacific. FPU landed 7 gamers on All-PacWest groups headlined by the PacWest Pitcher of the Yr Garrett Cooper and the PacWest Defensive Participant of the Yr Jordan Smith. Each of the person award winners have been joined on the primary group by second baseman Tommy Rover. Cooper and Jared Aguilar grew to become the primary Sunbirds to earn All-PacWest 4 occasions of their careers, simply the sixth and seventh gamers to perform the feat in convention historical past.

Previous to beginning the FPU baseball program, Hirschkorn was an assistant coach at Reedley School and Caruthers Excessive Faculty and was a head coach at Sanger Excessive Faculty, the place he inherited a group that had gone 4-23 the earlier season. Three years later, he guided the squad to the college’s first postseason look in 19 years. Hirschkorn’s enjoying profession started at Kerman Excessive Faculty and took him to Reedley School, Cal Poly-SLO, and Chico State. Whereas at Chico State, Hirschkorn, a pitcher, ranked among the many high tier within the Northern California Athletic Convention in wins and was within the beginning rotation on the college’s first NCAA Division II Nationwide Championship group in 1997, a 12 months through which the group compiled a 52-11 document. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1993 and once more in 1994.

Hirschkorn was named GSAC coach of the 12 months and area coach of the 12 months in 2008, and nationwide coach of the 12 months in 2014 and 2015. He holds his B.A. (1998) and M.A. (1999), each in Bodily Schooling, from Chico State.

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