Assistant Coach San Diego State University
Long time assistant coach Rusty Filter returns for another season at San Diego State in the role of pitching coach. His experience with San Diego State baseball covers 18 seasons. Prior to filling his current position in 1994, he had previously served as SDSU's junior varsity coach during the 1991 campaign, compiling a 30-7 mark, the best-ever for the Aztec JV program.
In 1997, Filter's pitching staff finished among the top 25 in the nation in team earned run average. Under his guidance, the Aztecs set school season strikeout records in both 1996 and 1997.
Over the past 14 years, 48 San Diego State pitchers have been drafted (including six in June 2007) and signed by professional league clubs, a testimony to Filter's coaching abilities. Two of those hurlers (Aaron Harang-Cincinnati and Royce Ring-New York Mets) are currently on the 40-man rosters of major league clubs. In addition, San Diego State has finished among the top three in the Mountain West Conference in team earned run average both overall and in league play each of the first eight years of the league's existence. The Aztecs have led the league in that category on five occasions.
Over the past seven seasons, 16 pitchers under his guidance earned all-MWC honors and five were named to the Mountain West Conference all-tournament teams. In 2007, his pitchers earned the league's pitcher of the week award on three occasions after garnering the honor four times the previous season.