Stricklin hires Corral away from Memphis to become UGA’s pitching coach

Fred Corral has been named an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, Georgia coach Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.

Corral, 47, comes to Georgia to direct the pitching staff after spending the past four seasons as pitching coach at the University of Memphis. During his career, he has served as an assistant coach in charge of the pitching staff at Tennessee, Oklahoma, Sacramento City College and San Joaquin Delta College plus as an instructor in the professional ranks with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos. A total of 65 pitchers have been drafted under his tutelage including 11 in the top 10 rounds with eight reaching the Major Leagues.

“I am so excited that Fred Corral has decided to come to the University of Georgia,” Stricklin said in a release. “He is regarded as one of the best pitching coaches in our game, and he will be an excellent teacher and mentor to our student-athletes.”

Corral’s work with the Memphis pitching staff saw the Tigers steadily improve their Earned Run Average each season including posting a 3.05 mark this year, which was the best for the program since 1976. In three of his four seasons with Memphis, the staff registered 400-plus strikeouts including a record 462 in 2010. This year, Memphis’ top two pitchers were drafted for the first time in their career: Sam Moll (3rd round, Colorado) and Erik Schoenrock (11th round, San Diego), and Schoenrock became the first Tiger in school history to be named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. Under Corral, eight Tiger pitchers had an opportunity to play professional baseball including a pair of third round picks.

“Words cannot express my happiness to become part of the coaching staff of Scott Stricklin’s and Georgia Baseball,” Corral said in a release. “My family and I are very blessed to have this opportunity. I am very thankful for the opportunity that I had at the University of Memphis under Coach Daron Schoenrock, the staff and players. Many wonderful memories were made there, and I am a better person and coach. I am very grateful. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and returning to the SEC is a goal fulfilled. The SEC brings that out in you, once you have been out, it calls on you. This is a great conference. The day-to-day grind is intense. I embrace the challenge, especially with, and for Scott Stricklin and the staff. ”

Fred Corral Bio Blast:

Born: April 19, 1966 in Ripon, Calif.

High School: Ripon High School, Ripon, Calif., 1984

College: San Joaquin Delta College, Associate Degree, 1986; Sacramento State, B.A. in Sociology, 1998

Family: Wife: Cynthia; Children: Kaitlyn Joy (13), Justin Jerome (9), Jordan Patrick (2); Nephews: Michael (24), Robert (18); Nieces: Marisa (23), Chelsea (20)

Playing career:

San Joaquin Delta College, 1985-86

All-Camino Notre Conference, 1985-86

University of California, Berkeley, 1987-88; All-Pac-10 Pitcher, 1987, College World Series, 1988

Coaching career:

Assistant coach, San Joaquin Delta College, 1993-95

(Assistant coach, Kenai Oilers, Alaska Summer League, 1993)

(Assistant coach, Major League Baseball International, 1994)

Assistant coach, Sacramento State City College, 1995-2002

(Pitching instructor, Montreal Expos Organization, 1999)

(Pitching instructor, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2000-01)

Assistant coach, University of Tennessee, 2003-04

Assistant coach, University of Oklahoma, 2005-07

Assistant coach, University of Tennessee, 2008-09

Associate head coach, University of Memphis, 2010-13

Assistant coach, University of Georgia, June 2013-present

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