Bill Kinneberg with USA Baseball in 2007.
June 22, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced Monday the naming of Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg as head coach of the 2010 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate).
The 2010 National Team schedule will culminate in the FISU World University Championship in Japan. Team USA is the three-time defending champion of the event, which is held every-other year in different countries across the world. The event was last held in 2008 in the Czech Republic, with the U.S. defeating Japan in the final, 1-0, in 12 innings.
"I'm very honored and extremely humbled for the opportunity to put on the uniform and represent USA Baseball again," Kinneberg said. "I would like to thank everyone at USA Baseball for the opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of putting a great staff and team together to ultimately win the FISU Championships next year."
Cal State Fullerton's Dave Serrano was selected as the pitching coach for the team.
In 2009 Kinneberg led Utah to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1960 - an automatic bid it received for its first ever Mountain West Conference title. Utah won two games at the NCAA's, defeating Gonzaga and Georgia Southern in the Fullerton Regional. The win over Gonzaga was his 400th career victory. Kinneberg established school records for wins in a season at UTEP (1985), Wyoming (1990) and Utah (1996), and in 1990 he was named Western Athletic Conference coach of the year.
Kinneberg has a long history with USA Baseball, first appearing in the red, white and blue as the pitching coach for the 1999 National Team, which ended the summer at 24-15. He worked for several years as the director of the organization's Athlete Development Program, and most recently was the pitching coach for the 2007 National Team. The 2007 club went 25-12, finishing with a stellar 1.93 team ERA.
"Bill was part of Mike Weathers' staff in 2007 - a year that saw us go through the toughest schedule and selection process on record for a National Team," said Eric Campbell, general manager of USA Baseball National Teams. "He did a great job managing the pitching staff to a silver in Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro as well as working through three mid-summer roster moves within that pitching staff."