A veteran of the UC Davis baseball program, Lloyd Acosta returns to his alma mater for his 10th season overall on the Aggie staff in 2017, helping coordinate the Aggies' recruiting efforts while working with the infielders, hitting, and base running, and manning the third-base coaching box.
In his first tenure at UC Davis, Acosta spent six seasons as an assistant with the Aggies from 2002-07 as the program's recruiting coordinator and working with the defense, improving the team's fielding percentage in every season. UC Davis led the nation with a .970 fielding percentage in 2003 as the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series, finishing third.
Part of a staff that helped UC Davis transition to the Division I level, Acosta helped recruit the players that would eventually help the Aggies earn their first NCAA Regional berth at the Division I level in 2008. In his first six seasons in Davis, he helped mentor 11 players who went on to sign professional contracts -- including infielders Ryan Coultas in the sixth round in 2004 and 2007 third-rounder Daniel Descalso, who became only the second Aggie to reach the Major Leagues and would win a World Series title with St. Louis in his first full professional season in 2011 -- while helping to assemble a group that had a school-record seven players selected in the 2008 draft.
In addition, Eddie Gamboa, who won 13 games in his three seasons with the Aggies -- including leading UC Davis to the NCAA Regionals in 2008 with a 7-3 record and a 2.61 ERA -- earned his first Major League call-up in 2015 with the Baltimore Orioles and is now a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
Following the 2007 campaign, Acosta left Davis to take a similar position at Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference, helping manage the Gaels' offense, working with the infielders, and coordinating the program's recruiting efforts, among other duties. During his time in Moraga, his recruiting efforts saw more than two dozen players sign professional contracts in a five-year period, including a pair of players selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft in Patrick Wisdom (52nd overall in 2012 to St. Louis) and Martin Agosta (84th overall in 2012 to San Francisco).
In his final season at Saint Mary's, the Gaels led the WCC with 71 stolen bases -- 46 more than the team had stolen the year prior -- and improved the team's average to .278, a jump of 23 points over the 2012 average. Overall, the offense ranked among the top five in 13 different offensive categories that season, while standing among the best in five different categories in conference-only contests.
He returned to UC Davis in 2014, helping the Aggies finish fourth in the Big West with a .276 average, and pushing the 2015 squad to a school record 126 doubles and a program Division I-record 103 stolen bases, in his first two seasons.
A 1996 UC Davis graduate, who also earned his masters in education from Chapman University in 2001, Acosta began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., that same year as the team's outfield and hitting coach, helping the Wolverines to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as the head coach of the freshman and junior variety squads, while also serving as an assistant varsity coach, at nearby Rocklin High School.
Outside of coaching, Acosta has been involved in numerous camps, including as the lead instructor at MVP Baseball Camps, the Demarini Top 96 West Region camp, the Andy Lopez School of Baseball at the University of Arizona, and the Stanford Baseball Camp. He has also served as a part-time scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Acosta's playing career began at Gavilan College in Gilroy where he played one season as a middle infielder. He played his sophomore season at Santa Clara's Mission College before transferring to UC Davis.
He and his wife, Karen, were married on New Years' Eve of 1998, the same day as Matt and Dana Vaughn. They have four children, Brendon, Makyla, Caden, and Luke.
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