|College:||Cal State Dominguez Hills|
|Position:||Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach|
Greg Bergeron begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton and will again handle the offense from the third base coaching box. In addition to his offensive duties, Bergeron also spearheads the Titans recruiting efforts and is in charge of the Titan infielders.
Bergeron, 40, came to Fullerton in 2008 with Head Coach Dave Serrano after three successful seasons as the third base coach at Big West Conference rival UC Irvine.
Since taking over the offense in 2008, the Titans have improved their batting average 60 points, up to .337 in 2010 (the second-highest mark in school history) and have been a mainstay atop the Big West in on-base and slugging percentage, runs scored, sacrifices and stolen bases.
In 2010, the Titans ranked 17th in the nation in batting average and finished in the Top 10 in the nation in hits (9th) and sacrifice bunts (6th). In 2009, the Titans ranked third in the country in sacrifice bunts led by infielder Joe Scott, who totaled more than any Div. I player (25) and set a Fullerton school record in doing so.
Bergeron's "pressure" offense continues on the base paths where his three Titan squads have stolen no less than a Big West leading 112 bases. The result: two Top 10 all-time totals in the Fullerton record book in 2008 and 2009 and a pair of Top 10 national rankings those same years.
On the defensive side, Bergeron's work with the infielders has paid off. Large-in-part to infield's play, the Titans have posted the third- (2009, .976) and sixth-best (2008 and 2010, .972) all-time fielding percentages in school history on Bergeron's watch, while ranking in the nation's Top 25 twice in the same category.
While at Irvine, Bergeron's offensive strategy was also extremely proficient as the Anteaters led the Big West in nearly every major category except doubles, home runs and walks. The Anteaters also shattered the school record for stolen bases and set new highs for sacrifices and sacrifice flies. Irvine's 140 stolen bases in 2007 ranked eighth in the nation and nearly tripled the next best Big West competitor and helped them reach the College World Series for the first time in their program's existence.
Prior to Irvine, Bergeron spent seven seasons (1998-2004) at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., where he was eventually promoted to head coach in his final year. In his only season as the Warriors' skipper, Bergeron led El Camino to a school record 30-7 finish and to within one game of a state championship. During his tenure, he helped more than 50 players earn scholarships at four-year colleges, 30 of whom ended up at Division I schools.
Bergeron's coaching career began in 1996 with a one-season stint at Loyola Marymount before moving over to Cypress College where he coached along side Brown and helped guide the Chargers to the California Community College State Championship.
He has seen over 40 of his former players drafted by major league teams with his most notable being a pair of Titan 2010 first-round draft picks in Christian Colon (Kansas City) and Gary Brown (San Francisco), and a third being 2000 first-rounder Robert Stiehl (Houston).
After prepping at Gahr High School and earning first-team all-conference honors at Cerritos College, Bergeron played two seasons at Cal State Dominguez Hills where he was named the Toros' Student-Athlete of the Year and Team MVP. He was the conference batting champion his junior year. Bergeron finished his eligibility in 1994 with Loyola Marymount, where he earned All-West Coast Conference recognition. He eventually signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Astros in 1995.
Bergeron earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1993 and his master's degree in the same subject from Azusa Pacific in 1997. He and his wife, Anne Marie, live in Long Beach with their twin daughters, Nicole and Natalie (10), and their son, Brooks (4).