The most successful and longest tenured coach CBU baseball has ever had, Gary Adcock stepped in at the helm of the Lancer program in the 2004 campaign.
In 11 remarkable seasons, Adcock turned CBU into a perennial conference champion while at the same time putting the Lancers on the national map. He guided the Lancers through an impressive first season as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member in 2014.
His career mark of 406-196-1 is the best in program history, and he has led the Lancers to five conference championships (three GSAC and two PacWest), two NCCAA World Series championships, an NAIA National Championship Opening Round title and four conference coach of the year (three GSAC and one PacWest) honors. He has posted nine 30-win seasons and five 40-win seasons, and from 2004-08, he guided the Lancers to five straight postseason berths for the first time in program history. He replicated that feat again from 2010 to 2014.
All told, he has made the postseason 10 of his 11 years at the helm, including four straight national tournament appearances, which culminated in a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series titles in 2012 and 2013. CBU kept the success going at the next level, as it qualified for the NCAA playoffs in its first attempt.
Under his tutelage, 12 Lancers have been drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft. He has coached 18 All-Americans, 18 national Scholar Athletes, 56 All-Conference honorees and 13 players have garnered Conference Pitcher or Player of the Year recognition. Forty-nine times in his 11-year career, he has had a player earn conference Pitcher or Player of the Week honors.
This past season, the Lancers finished 39-15, compiling their seventh 35-win season under Adcock. CBU also qualified for the NCAA playoffs and won a pair of games in the Division II West Regionals, advancing to the tournament semifinals. The team was in the NCAA rankings from the very beginning, peaking at No. 7 and finishing the season at No. 16.
On April 25, 2014, Adcock won his 400th game with the Lancers in a 5-1 win in the first half of a doubleheader over Academy of Art at Totman Stadium. CBU also set a new program winning-streak record of 24 games by winning its first 15 games of 2014 and last nine of 2013.
Three Lancers were drafted at the end of the year. Trevor Oaks became the highest selection in program history, taken in the seventh round at 219 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Caleb Dirks and Blair Moore were also picked up by the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox, respectively, as CBU had a trio of players taken for the fourth time.
In 2013, Adcock and the Lancers finished 43-18, compiling their fourth straight 40-win season. CBU also won its fourth straight conference championship in dramatic fashion, getting a pair of walk-off victories on the final day of the regular season to sweep a doubleheader from Point Loma. The Lancers went on to win their second straight NCCAA World Series championship.
Along the way, the Lancers racked up a plethora of individual honors highlighted by senior Zach Esquerra, who garnered 13 different honors, including the Rawlings/ABCA NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. Esquerra and his twin brother Luke Esquerra along with Ryan Cathers all earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, the first such honors in program history. Adcock was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
In 2012, Adcock navigated another remarkable season, finishing 43-13 and winning the Pacific West Conference championship by six games and clinching the title on the field of the defending conference champion Dixie State in the Lancers' first season in their new NCAA Division II home. CBU landed seven players on the All-PacWest team, swept the individual awards and had 14 players earn PacWest Academic honors. Not eligible for NCAA postseason, the Lancers participated in the NCCAA for the first time and went 5-1 at the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio, winning the national championship while outscoring opponents 29-9 in the process.
On March 13, 2012, with a 5-4 win at Hawaii-Hilo, Adcock collected his 300th career victory, and by season's end the Lancers finished the season ranked No. 23 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25.
For his efforts, Adcock was named PacWest and NCCAA Coach of the Year.
In 2011, the Lancers won their second straight conference crown and posting a second straight 40-win season. They advanced to the championship game of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the second straight year and swept the conference's Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year honors.
They spent the entire season ranked in the NAIA's Top 25, never falling below No. 9 and reaching as high as No. 3. For the second straight year, they also had an NAIA All-American as two-time GSAC Player of the Year Brian Sharp was named to the second team.
And if that weren't enough, the Lancers had a program-best four players--Taylor Siemens (18th round-Arizona Diamondbacks), Sharp (24th round-Pittsburgh Pirates), Sharif Othman (32nd round-Florida Marlins) and Drew Madrigal (35th round-St. Louis Cardinals)--drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Lancers were a combined 92-31.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in his career in 2009, Adcock and the Lancers returned with a vengeance in 2010. With a team that included just two seniors, the Lancers won a school-record 49 games (49-15) and put together one of the most impressive runs in GSAC history, winning the conference title with a 30-6 mark and by a whopping seven games.
It didn't stop there.
When the Lancers entered the NAIA Top 25 at No. 5 in the first poll of the season, they stayed in the top five the rest of the year, climbing as high as No. 3. They hosted and won both the GSAC Tournament and the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, clinching the program's first NAIA World Series berth since 1997 and just second in program history. The Lancers eventually finished seventh at the World Series.
CBU had seven All-GSAC honors, and they swept the GSAC Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year honors. Othman was named NAIA All-American second team, and Garrett Rau earned Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove honors. And to put icing on the cake, Rau was selected in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
In 2009, the Lancers fielded a team with 17 underclassmen and finished 27-23 overall, 16-20 GSAC and had four wins against ranked teams. The Lancers finished second in the GSAC in hitting (.320) and were third with a 4.64 team ERA and second with 377 strikeouts. Two players--Othman and Cole Bullard--were named All-GSAC.
In 2008, the Lancers posted their third straight 30-win season, finishing 30-22 overall and they made their fifth straight postseason berth, a program-record. Senior Steve Goins became the first player in program history to earn four straight All-GSAC honors and six players earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Adcock led the Lancers to a 35-18 mark in 2007, finishing the regular-season with wins in 19 of their final 24 games. It was the first time in program history that the Lancers had consecutive 30-win seasons in addition to their fourth straight playoff appearance. The Lancers finished second in the GSAC (23-13), their third straight top two finish. He picked up his 100th career win with a 9-3 win over No. 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas) on Jan. 26, 2007 and later led the Lancers to a 4-3 win over No. 1 and eventual national champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (April 4, 2007).
On March 28, 2007, with a 17-0 win over Biola, Adcock picked up his 118th career win at CBU to become the program's all-time leader in coaching victories, passing John Martin, whom Adcock assisted in 1995.
The 2006 season was a glimpse of things to come. While the Lancers fell just short of what would have been the program’s second trip ever to the NAIA World Series, they did win a school-record 43 games, five more than the previous best total of 38 in 1997. The Lancers finished 43-9 and also won just their second GSAC title, going a program-best 27-5 in the process, winning the conference by five games.
The Lancers also earned their highest national ranking, peaking at No. 2 and remaining in the top five for all of two polls—the preseason (No. 25) and final poll (12). CBU had both the GSAC’s Player (Seuss) and Pitcher (Hartsock) of the Year. As a result of the phenomenal record-breaking campaign, Adcock was named GSAC and NAIA Region II Coach of the Year for the first time.
In 2005, while the team finished 24-25, they did win 15 of their final 23 regular-season games to post a second place (18-12) finish in the GSAC’s South Division. For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Lancers earned their second straight regional playoff berth.
As a first-year coach in 2004, Adcock guided the Lancers to a 30-22 overall mark. At 18-10, CBU won its most GSAC games since 1997, which was good for third place. The season culminated in a runner-up finish in the Region II Tournament as the Lancers came within one game of reaching the Super Regional. Four Lancers earned All-GSAC honors and three others received NAIA All-American honorable mention.
Adcock’s first coaching position was as an assistant at CBU for the 1995 season. Under the direction of Martin, that Lancer team went 29-20 and tied for second place in the GSAC with a 15-9 mark.
He has also had assistant coaching stints at UC Riverside (1996), Riverside Community College (1997-98) as well as NCAA Division I members Purdue (1999-2000) and UCLA (2001-03). His mentors include some of the area’s top baseball coaches, including Jack Smitheran (UCR), Dennis Rogers (RCC) and Gary Adams (UCLA).
As the pitching coach at Purdue, his 2000 staff led the Big Ten in ERA (4.12). During his three seasons at UCLA, Adcock also served as co-recruiting coordinator. Both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ranked the Bruins’ 2003 recruiting class in the top 10.
In 1999 and 2000, Adcock served as head coach of the Kenai Peninsula Oilers and led the team to consecutive Alaskan Summer Baseball League championships. The Oilers finished second at the 1999 National Baseball Congress Tournament and fourth at the 2000 tournament. In two years, Adcock’s teams went 71-34, making him the all-time winningest coach in team history.
Adcock pitched at UCLA (1992 and 1993), RCC (1991) and UC Santa Barbara (1990). He posted 28 career victories with three saves. He was a two-year starter at UCLA and was once the Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week. At RCC, he was an All-Southern California and all-conference selection. At UCSB, he was the team’s Rookie of the Year.
Adcock graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a degree in sociology. He also earned a teaching credential in secondary social science from CBU in 1995 and a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 1996.
His brother, Joe, is the assistant dean of students at CBU. His wife, Mandy (Huffman), is a CBU graduate. The Adcock’s reside in Riverside, and they have a nine-year-old son, Dalton, and a seven-year-old daughter, Delaney.
Adcock’s Career Head Coaching Record
What others say about Gary Adcock...
Former UC Riverside coach Jack Smitheran:
"I think Gary will do an outstanding job. He’s a natural for it. He’s a Riverside guy who grew up in this town. With his experience at UCLA, both coaching and recruiting, he can’t be anything but a big addition to CBU and its baseball program. There’s no finer person. We put a great deal of emphasis on quality people and people of character and he meets all of those criteria. If I still had a son going through baseball, I’d be happy to have him as my son’s coach."
Former UCLA coach Gary Adams:
"I am happy and thrilled for Gary. He has paid his dues and has earned his opportunity to be a head coach at a four-year university. He will be an outstanding head coach. California Baptist, and especially its players, will be happy with the selection. Although his expertise is in pitching, Gary has extensive knowledge in all aspects of the game of baseball."
Riverside Community College coach Dennis Rogers:
"There is no doubt success has, and will, follow wherever Gary applies his talent. His ability to inspire and instruct players as well as elevate their skill levels has proven itself over and over. Gary is a coach who gets results. He is a dynamic instructor and leader whose communication skills will always put him on top."