Assistant Coach: Cal State Northridge
Matador assistant coach Rob McKinley will spend his sixth season with Cal State Northridge in 2008. McKinley will be responsible for the Matador defense and base running and will coach third base.
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.
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.