Ten members of the baseball team were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, a team record. USD, whose total was a record for a West Coast Conference team in one draft, tied Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Louisville for the second-most college players selected. Auburn led the nation with 11.
Wherever LeBron James plays, it seems, there’s a USD connection. While in Cleveland from 2005-2010, the NBA superstar’s head coach was Mike Brown, a 1992 USD graduate; his coaching staff included former men’s basketball head coach Hank Egan. Chris Grant ’94 (MEd ’96) was recently promoted to general manager. But James, whose highly publicized departure from Cleveland as a free agent led him to the Miami Heat, didn’t lose his connection to USD. David Fizdale ‘96, a threeyear starting point guard and an All-West Coast Conference selection his senior season at USD, enters his third year as an assistant coach with the Heat. Fizdale was a USD assistant coach for Brad Holland from 1998-2002.
Homecoming weekend is Oct. 8-10, and among the annual highlights is the football game. This year’s contest pits USD against 2009 co-Pioneer Football League champions the University of Dayton Flyers. Kickoff for the Oct. 9 game is 2 p.m. at Torero Stadium. The picnic and tailgate begin at 11 a.m.
The women’s soccer team’s Oct. 22 West Coast Conference match against visiting Portland will be shown live as a nationally televised match on the Fox Soccer Channel. Game time is 8 p.m. (Pacific). It’s the third consecutive season that USD and Portland will play a conference match that’s televised on FSC and first home game broadcast at USD.