Jorge Araujo enters his third season as an assistant on the Cal
State Fullerton softball staff where he will continue to be the
recruiting coordinator and defensive specialist for the team. He
will assist with all other aspects of the program including
offensive, pitching and catching duties.
"I'm excited to take on this new role as I've established a true
comfort level here at Fullerton," said Araujo. "I've already had
the privilege of working alongside coach Ford, and we look toward
attaining the same goals starting with a Big West Championship.
With so much upside for this program, I look forward to a promising
season for our student-athletes and support staff."
Over the summer, Araujo was a part of the softball Mexican
National Team coaching staff, responsible for the development of
the defense while leading drills and practices. The team competed
in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch Invitational (July 15-21) in
Surrey, B.C., picking up a victory over the Bloomington Lady
Hearts, 7-2. Prior to the tournament in Canada, Team Mexico
participated in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX (July
7-13) in Irvine, Calif., finishing fifth among the seven-team field
with victories over the Philippines, 7-0, and Venezuela,
"As soon as this position became available, I knew the one
person I wanted for this role, and it was coach Araujo," said Ford.
"He is truly a defensive technician leading us to the best
defensive fielding percentage in the Big West in 2013. Coach Araujo
continues to bring new innovative fielding drills and strategies
that are intangible for the growth of this program. He is an
outstanding recruiter and his work ethic and professionalism is in
comparison to none. I am honored to coach with him as this is an
intricate piece to the bright future of Titan softball."
Last season, the Titans finished strong, winning seven of their
final 10 games tallying a 33-21-1 overall record. Fullerton
improved in a whopping 10 offensive categories including batting
avg. (.300), runs (303), hits (431), doubles (70), home runs (57),
RBIs (253), total bases (690), slugging pct. (.479), walks (170)
and on-base pct. (.385). CSF carded its first .300 team average
since the 2000 season.
Individually, Araujo oversaw the first Big West Player of the
Year for the program since 2006 in Missy
Taukeiaho, who also played under Araujo in both high school and
travel ball before competing at the collegiate level.
"I'm really happy to have coach Araujo as one of our leaders
because his determination to win can be truly contagious," said
Taukeiaho. "He pushes us to compete at the highest level in our
quest for a conference championship and his direction can only help
us be better every single day."
In his first season in 2013, Araujo helped the Titans close out
the season winning 13 of their final 15 games, while finishing
third in the Big West with a 28-28 overall record. With his help
assisting the defense, Fullerton committed only 48 errors, the
least amount in that category in program history.
Araujo served as a head coach for the Lakewood Firecrackers
18U-Gold squad in 2008-12 following six years as a head coach with
the Lakewood Ladies Junior Olympic squad from 2003-08. During his
tenure with the Firecrackers, Araujo helped lead the club to the
ASA National Championship in 2008, a 2012 Triple Crown USA national
title, and three ASA California State Championships.
He was also a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District
from 2007-12, also acting as the head varsity coach at Maywood
Academy High School in Maywood, Calif., leading the Nighthawks to
the City Section finals in 2012.
Collegiately, Araujo played two seasons of baseball at nearby Cal
Poly Pomona as an infielder in 1988-89 after transferring from Rio
Hondo Junior College. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a
bachelor's degree in 1992.