University of Oregon assistant baseball coach and former Loyola Marymount University (LMU) assistant coach Jason Gill has been named the new head coach of the LMU Lions baseball program.

After serving as an assistant coach at LMU in 1999 and 2000, Gill spent the last four years working under head coach George Horton at the University of Oregon and California State University-Fullerton.

Gill will become the seventh head coach of the LMU baseball program, replacing Frank Cruz, who served for 12 seasons.

“I’m excited to make my return to LMU, a program that has always held a special place in my heart,” Gill said. “The people in and around the Lion family have always been supportive, and I look forward to re-joining that group as the head baseball coach.

“I believe in the direction that Dr. [Bill] Husak is taking the program and the athletic department, and I feel that LMU as a whole is structured and ready to win from top to bottom. Upon reflecting on my personal experiences at the university and talking to current and former coach- es, it is extremely clear that LMU is destined for great things. The bottom line is it is a great time to be a Lion.”

LMU athletic director Husak, who announced Gill’s appointment Thursday, August 14th, said the university is just as eager for Gill to return and re-establish the tradition of Lions baseball.

“Jason is widely respected and has been regarded as one of the premier assistant coaches and recruiters in the country over the past few years,” Husak said. “His experience coaching at college baseball’s highest levels, coupled with his previous years coaching at LMU, makes him a great fit for our program.

“There is no doubt that Jason is ready to take the reigns as our head coach and we feel that he will create an environment that will allow our student-athletes to compete for championships, graduate and grow as people.”

For the past four years, Gill has served as an infield coach, recruiting coordinator and primary hitting instructor. He was Horton’s first hire as both men left Cal State Fullerton to begin the reconstruction of the Oregon Ducks baseball program in 2007.

Gill’s 2007 recruiting class at Oregon was ranked in the top-ten in the nation by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. In the three years prior to Gill’s move to Oregon, the Cal State team reached the College World Series twice, won two Big West Conference championships and had 35 players drafted.

Gill began his coaching career an assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton coach Augie Garrido, helping the team capture the 1995 National Championship.

He also previously served as an assistant coach at LMU, where he helped guide the Lions to their most recent West Coast Conference titles in 1999 and 2000, earning postseason berths both years.

In his 12 years of coaching, Gill has reached the postseason a total of nine times, coached four conference players of the year, including three infielders, and has been involved with six conference championships.