USC baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz hires former USC All-American as new pitching coach
As new USC head baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz looks to fill out his first coaching staff, he’s bringing back a former Trojan great to join the fold.
Seth Etherton, a former All-American and national champion with the Trojans in the 1990s, will join Stankiewicz’s staff as the USC pitching coach. The Trojans announced the news on Tuesday. Etherton has spent the past six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds organization at the professional level, working mostly as the pitching coach for the Louisville Bats in the Reds’ minor league system.
“We are very excited to name Seth Etherton as our pitching coach,” Stankiewicz said in a release. “His accomplishments as a player and as a coach are unparalleled. He brings experience and passion to our program. He was a great pitcher, and I know he is a great teacher. He is a Trojan coming home! Fight On!”
A Trojan great returns! We welcome Seth Etherton back to Troy as USC’s new pitching coach! ⚾️✌️🏆 pic.twitter.com/J8l9EjuNZQ
— USC Baseball (@USC_Baseball) July 12, 2022
Etherton had a legendary career at USC, playing four seasons for the Trojans from 1995-98. The 1998 season saw Etherton win 18 games and post a 3.23 ERA, striking out 182 batters (a Pac-10 and USC record at the time) to just 29 walks as he helped lead the Trojans to a College World Series title. For his efforts, Etherton was named a first-team All-American, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, and the National Player of the Year.
He was a three-time All-American at Troy and two-time conference Pitcher of the Year. Etherton’s 420 career strikeouts still rank second in USC history. His 399.1 innings are third in program history, and his 37 career wins still rank fifth. Only Mark Prior has more single-season strikeouts than Etherton’s 182 in 1998. He was selected by the Angels in the first round of the 1998 MLB Draft and would go on to play four MLB seasons.
“I am extremely excited and thankful to be joining such a strong coaching staff led by Andy Stankiewicz,” Etherton said in a release. “The future is extremely bright for the USC baseball program, alumni and athletic department. Fight on!”
USC has also announced the hire of Travis Jewett to serve as an assistant coach on the new USC staff as well. Jewett will serve as the Trojans’ recruiting coordinator and work with the team’s hitters.