Jake Silverman hired as Cal Poly baseball’s pitching coach

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 02:16:36-04

Jake Silverman, an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and Nevada over the last 11 seasons, has been hired as an assistant coach under Larry Lee at Cal Poly.

Silverman, who will coach the Mustang pitchers, replaces Chal Fanning, who resigned in July after coaching the Mustang pitchers for four seasons.

Silverman worked with the catchers, served as recruiting coordinator and also assisted with hitting and base running at Nevada the last four years (2016-19).

Before taking the job at Nevada, Silverman spent five seasons (2011-15) with UCLA as an assistant to the pitching coach, helping the Bruins compile a 202-103-1 record in that span with four postseason appearances. Silverman and UCLA earned two trips to the College World Series, including the Bruins’ national championship season in 2013.

Silverman also coached at Cal State Fullerton as an undergraduate assistant for two seasons (2009-10).

“Jake is a great addition to our staff,” said Mustang head coach Larry Lee. “He has learned from some of the best coaches in college baseball. He is young and has the energy necessary to be successful at this level.

“Jake has proven that he can recruit at a non-Power 5 school,” Lee added. “I’m confident that he will develop our pitchers to their fullest potential and help recruit the type of player that will be successful at Cal Poly.”

Silverman helped the Nevada Wolf Pack haul in the 35th-ranked recruiting class in 2016 as selected by Collegiate Baseball. It is the first nationally ranked recruiting class in school history.

Nevada boasted one of the most prolific offenses in the Mountain West, posting a .338 team batting average in conference play on its way to winning the regular-season title in 2018.

Nevada’s 2016 squad tied for second in the Mountain West with a .319 batting average and led the conference fielding .977. The .977 field percentage set a school record and ranked in the top 25 nationally.

In his final year at UCLA, Silverman helped guide the Bruins to a 45-16 overall record, a Pac-12 title and a 3-2 record at the regionals.

The Bruins posted a 49-17 record in 2013 and matched a school record with 21 league wins. UCLA went 10-0 in the postseason and won the program’s first national championship. In his first season with UCLA (2011), the Bruins posted a 35-24 record and won their first outright Pac-12 title since 1986.

In two seasons as an undergraduate assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, Silverman helped the Titans advance to the College World Series in 2009 and to an NCAA Super Regional in 2010.

A native of Tustin, Calif., Silverman is a 2005 graduate of Foothill High School in Santa Ana. At Fullerton College, he batted .350 in 16 games as a freshman in 2006. In 2007, he earned the Art Nunn Award for exemplary acts on and off the field while seeing action in 14 games.

Silverman earned an associate’s degree from Fullerton College before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2009.

-Provided by Cal Poly