Following another disappointing season, USC Baseball has opted to make a change. The Trojans announced on Wednesday afternoon that they will not retain head coach Dan Hubbs after the team finished with their third consecutive losing season at 25-29-1.
The contract of USC Baseball Head Coach Dan Hubbs will not be renewed, the school announced today.https://t.co/idKS2aPQrO— USC Baseball (@USC_Baseball) May 29, 2019
The decision for USC to allow Hubbs contract to expire doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. It was likely that the Trojans would opt not to renew his contract if USC didn’t show any signs of progress. During the 2019 season USC struggled to win games out of conference early on and despite key wins over UCLA and Stanford, it wasn’t enough to save Hubbs’ job moving forward.
The talent on the field also struggled during the season. The offense was ranked 201 in the nation in runs scored with 5.3 and only had one batter with a batting average over .300. The Trojans pitching staff totaled a 4.63 ERA and to keep the Trojans in games or hold leads.
Hubbs was named head coach in 2013 following the firing of Frank Cruz. The Trojans only made one NCAA tournament appearance under Hubbs back in 2015 when they went 11 innings with Virginia. After 2015 the Trojans regressed, going 28-28 in 2016 and having back to back losing seasons in 2017 and 2018. The 25-29-1 season is the 3rd connective losing season. Hubbs career record as head coach now stands at 188-200-1.
USC now begins their search for their next head baseball coach. One of the blue blood programs in college baseball has not reached the College World Series since 2001 and failed to win the conference since 2002. Their National Championship drought has now reached 11 years (1998). Many fans are baffled that the USC baseball program has fallen so far. USC athletic director Lynn Swann now has another task to restore the luster of USC baseball.