58 - Robert McKinley
|Previous College:||University of Redlands, 1999|
Matador assistant coach Rob McKinley recently finished his eighth season as a staff member of Matador baseball, serving as the primary hitting coach. The assistant coach came to Northridge after two years at the helm of L.A. City during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. McKinley ended his stay with the Cubs in style, winning the South Coast Conference title and earning conference coach of the year honors in 2002. In two seasons at L.A. City, he saw an impressive 17 of his players go on to play at the university level. Prior to his run as head coach, McKinley served as an assistant coach to current Northridge head coach Steve Rousey from 1995-2000. Before his coaching career, the assistant coach was a standout player at L.A. City College and John Marshall High School in Pasadena. McKinley played one season under Rousey at L.A. City as a middle infielder before suffering a career-ending back injury. In high school, he earned all-league honors in his junior and senior season as a shortstop for Marshall High School. McKinley earned his bachelor of arts degree in business management from the University of Redlands in 1999 and his master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2000.