FULLERTON, Calif. - Associate Head Coach Jorge Araujo has been named the new head coach of Mexico's Junior National Team heading into the summer of 2019. He will remain in his position at Cal State Fullerton working with both teams.
"This is a huge honor for Coach Araujo and Cal State Fullerton," says head coach Kelly Ford. "It is no surprise to me that he was offered this position because he is one of the best in the business. He has a special eye for spotting talent, can develop that talent like no other, and his day-to-day temperament with the student-athletes is a gift. The Mexican Junior National Team just scored big time by bringing Coach [Araujo] on board."
Araujo has been a part of Mexico's National Team since 2013 where he served as an assistant coach responsible for the development of the defense. That year, he helped coach the team through the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX and the Canadian Open Fast Pitch Invitational in July. Since then, he has served as an assistant on the Junior National Team while also being a part of the Titan family.
The former Cal Poly Pomona infielder has been in charge of the Cal State Fullerton defense ever since joining the program in 2013 and has led the most impressive defensive stretch in program history. The Titans have had a fielding percentage of .965 or better in all seven of his seasons. Prior to this run, the Titans did not have more than three consecutive seasons with that high of a fielding percentage. Coach Araujo has also led the team to the two highest percentages in program history with last year's .975 marking the best to go along with a program-low 39 errors committed.
In four of his seven seasons, the Titans have ranked in the Top 35 in the NCAA for fielding percentage and also turned the second most double plays in the country in the 2018 season.
Overall, Araujo has been instrumental in this dominant run Cal State Fullerton is currently on, winning four consecutive Big West Championships.
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