Former Anaheim Angels reliever Troy Percival has been named the new head coach of University of California-Riverside baseball. Percival played at UC Riverside for three years before being chosen in the MLB draft.
Percival attended UC Riverside for three years, playing college baseball there before being drafted by the then-California Angels as a catcher in the sixth round of the 1990 draft.
He was moved to relief pitcher after a year in the minors, and would go on to be a four-time All-Star with a lifetime 3.17 ERA, 358 saves and 781 strikeouts in 708.2 innings. He played 14 seasons in the majors, including ten with the Angels.
He retired from Major League Baseball in 2009.
"Troy is Riverside," said Director of Athletics Jim Wooldridge. "He has life-long ties to the university, to the community, and to the region .. "Troy is a winner who has seen just about everything one can as a baseball player at every level of competition."
- Molly Geary