After coaching the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball team for 12 seasons, Frank Cruz has been released as head coach of the Lions.

LMU athletic director Bill Husak, who announced Cruz’s release Wednesday, July 23rd, said a replacement for the head baseball coach position is expected to be announced in the near future.

“I want to thank Frank Cruz for his years of dedicated service to LMU as a head coach,” Husak said. “Frank can be proud of many of his team’s accomplishments in the past 12 years, both on the field and in the classroom. However, I felt it was time for the baseball program to move in a new direction.”

During his tenure as head coach, Cruz claimed three consecutive West Coast Conference Championships and two Coast Division titles and he led the Lions to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Regionals from 1998-2000.

Cruz was selected by USA Baseball to serve as head coach of the 2004 Team USA, leading the team to the program’s first gold medal at the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World University Championships in Taiwan.

He entered the 2008 season ranking eighth all-time and second among active coaches in the West Coast Conference in career victories with 306 wins. In Cruz’s 12th season as coach, the Lions finished with a 23-32 overall record and 7-14 in the conference.

The coach compiled an LMU career record of 329-356-3.