USC baseball parts ways with head coach after last-place finish
USC announced on Monday it has parted ways with head baseball coach Jason Gill after three seasons in charge of the program.
The Trojans have been sputtering, well before Gill took over, but save for a 10-5 record during the abbreviated 2020 season, the program wasn’t able to right the ship under him. USC hasn’t had a winning record during a full season since 2015, posting losing marks in five of the last six years.
Gill and the Trojans jumped out to an 11-2 start to begin this year, but fell apart down the stretch. They finished last in the Pac-12, missing the inaugural league tournament, and closing the year 25-28 (8-22 Pac-12).
“We are thankful to Jason for his three years of service to our university and baseball program,” said USC athletic director Mike Bohn in a statement. “Jason’s first season at USC was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and that created a difficult environment to navigate in the ensuing two years. We appreciate that Jason led us through those challenging circumstances. However, we ultimately determined it was in our shared best interest to part ways at this time. We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward.”
Said Gill: “I enjoyed my time at USC and appreciated the opportunity to lead its baseball program. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and my family, and I wish the players and the program the best.”
The Los Angeles Times reported in March the university had been investigating Gill over allegations of player and staff mistreatment.
Bohn has hit home run hires already as the Trojan athletic director, and this next search could see a similar result. At USC, he can sell the most storied baseball program in the country.
The Trojans own 12 national championships and 21 College World Series appearances. No other school owns more than six national titles. From 1930 to 2006—76 long years—USC was the model of consistency; it had only three head baseball coaches during that stretch. Whoever is hired next will be the fifth since 2007.