UC Davis '96
Acosta returns to his alma mater for the second year of his second stint on the Aggie staff after spending five years as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's, helping manage the Gaels' offense, working with the infielders, and coordinating the program's recruiting efforts.
Prior to that, 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.
In that time, two of his infielders were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft: shortstop Ryan Coultas in 2004 (6th round by the New York Mets) -- after he was a 13-round pick by the Chicago Cubs a year earlier -- and Daniel Descalso in 2007 (3rd round by St. Louis), who is entering his fourth season with the Cardinals in 2014 and helped the franchise to a World Series title in his first full season in the major leagues in 2011.
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.
A 1996 UC Davis graduate, who also earned his masters in education from Chapman University, Acosta began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., in 2001, helping the Wolverines to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as an assistant varsity coach at nearby Rocklin High School.
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 joining the Aggies.
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.