Now entering his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton, former
Titan catcher Chad Baum returned to Cal State Fullerton as the
program's volunteer assistant in 2012, his 13th season as a
college coach. In 2014, Baum shed the volunteer label and became
the team's second assistant coach.
Baum, entering his 16th year as a collegiate coach, is a
veteran of four College World Series appearances as a Titan player
and coach, and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at both UC
Irvine and Santa Clara.
Baum, 35, first served on a Titan staff in 2000 as an
undergraduate assistant coach for then-Titan skipper George Horton.
The next season he assumed the volunteer position and completed a
coaching staff that led Fullerton to three College World Series
appearances and the school's fourth national championship between
2001 and 2004.
His expertise behind the plate helped him tutor 2004
All-American and Johnny Bench Award winner Kurt Suzuki, who has
since gone on to a seven-year major league career with the Oakland
A's and Washington Nationals. In all, Baum has worked with 25 Titan
position players who were selected in the major league draft and
also worked with Titan major leaguers Mike Rouse (2001), Shane
Costa (2002), Justin Turner and Blake Davis (2004).
In 2005, he left Fullerton to be a part of Dave Serrano's first
staff at UC Irvine, where he served two seasons as the Anteaters'
first base coach, hitting instructor and catching tutor.
He moved out of the Big West Conference and into the West Coast
Conference in 2007 when he joined Mark O'Brien's staff at Santa
Clara. While in the Bay Area, Baum served as the Broncos' third
base coach, primary hitting/catching instructor and also assisted
in the program's recruiting efforts.
The Broncos hit .325 and scored more than seven runs per game in
both 2008 (ranked 19th in the nation in batting average) and 2010
(ranked 42nd in the nation in batting average), while leading the
WCC in nearly all offensive categories those same years.
In five seasons with Santa Clara, he helped five position
players get drafted including catchers Tommy Medica (14th round)
and Geoff Klein (15th round).
In his past three years at Cal State Fullerton, Baum has coached
third base and tutored the team’s catching staff, including
2013 MLB fifth-round draft pick Chad Wallach. In 2013, the Titan
offense batted .285 with 89 doubles, 24 triples and 35 home runs
while driving in 339 runs. Baum also tutored Jared Deacon in 2014,
who went on to be selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd
round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Baum, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology in 1999, was a
Titan team captain in 1998 and again in 1999, when Fullerton
reached the College World Series. Baum appeared in 38 games over
the two-year stretch and hit three home runs in just 44 at-bats. He
was also reliable behind the plate, turning in a perfect 1.000
career fielding percentage (70 chances).
Prior to his pair of seasons in a Titan uniform, Baum spent a
season each at Santa Ana College and Golden West College in
Huntington Beach. Baum batted .306 in 1997 for the Dons, who were
ranked No.1 in the country during most of the season. He was
selected in the 42nd round of the 1997 draft by the San Francisco
Baum prepped for Coach Mike Najera at Canyon H.S. in Anaheim
Hills and earned honorable mention All-Century League honors. While
at Canyon, Baum hit one of nine home runs that set a one-game CIF
record for the Comanches.
Baum earned his master's degree in education in 2005 from Azuza
Pacific. He, his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Kennedy, live in