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1544 Miles to Omaha offers insight, opinion, rumors and stories from the past with special focus on Cal State Fullerton Titan Baseball, the College World Series and college baseball in general.

1544 miles is the distance from Fullerton, California to Omaha, Nebraska, the home of the College World Series. The Cal State Fullerton baseball team has visited Omaha during the College World Series so often, the Omaha locals tabbed the team "Cal State Omaha".

The natural progression to take CalStateOmaha.com to a podcast was inevitable due to the popularity of the Titan Baseball program and the expanding fan base's insatiable appetite for more information on the four-time national champions.

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1544 Miles to Omaha offers insight, opinion, rumors and stories from the past with special focus on Cal State Fullerton Titan Baseball, the College World Series and college baseball in general.

1544 miles is the distance from Fullerton, California to Omaha, Nebraska, the home of the College World Series. The Cal State Fullerton baseball team has visited Omaha during the College World Series so often, the Omaha locals tabbed the team "Cal State Omaha".

The natural progression to take CalStateOmaha.com to a podcast was inevitable due to the popularity of the Titan Baseball program and the expanding fan base's insatiable appetite for more information on the four-time national champions.

    Episode 48: Danny Benedetti

    Episode 48: Danny Benedetti

    We are wrapping up our round of interviews with the new faces that have joined the Titan Baseball coaching staff and front office. Today's conversation is with Danny Benedetti who will serve as the Volunteer Assistant on the Titans staff in 2022.

    Benedetti returns to Orange County where he grew up in Los Alamitos and also played under Jason Dietrich while at Irvine Valley College. He then went on to play at St. John's University where he earned back-to-back All Big East honors and played in the 2008 Houston Regional after helping St. John's win the Big East Tournament.

    Danny's coaching stops include summer wood bat league stops in the Northwoods and the Hampton Collegiate Summer Leagues, was a graduate assistant at Long Beach State before returning to coach at St, John's and at Manhattan College and most recently at San Diego State. Now at Fullerton, Benedetti brings over nine years of coaching experience and will assist Neil Walton with the offense along with working closely with the catchers and will coach first base during games.

    Highlights include:

    🎙️ What it's like to play for Coach Jason Dietrich (2:39)
    🎙️ What it's like to along side Coach Jason Dietrich (4:06)
    🎙️ Growing up in Southern California (5:02)
    🎙️ Playing at St. John's (7:11)
    🎙️ West Coast vs. East Coast style of baseball (10:27)
    🎙️ Takeaways from all coaching stops (12:18)
    🎙️ What can Titan fans expect from his coaching style (13:31)
    🎙️ Titan offense will be a surprise to many in 2022 (15:22)
    🎙️ Details on 4 catchers on the roster (17:01)
    🎙️ Future coaching aspirations (20:07)
    🎙️ Importance of youth & prospects camps (23:51)
    🎙️ Anticipation of a new brand of Titan Baseball (26:14)

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    • 27 min
    Episode 47: Jake Pavletich

    Episode 47: Jake Pavletich

    Today's guest is Jake Paveltich who has joined the Titan Baseball staff in the role of Director of Player Development. Titan Baseball fans are familiar with Pav after seeing him play for the Titans for four years after redshirting his freshman year. After the heartbreaking loss to Washington in extra innings of Game 3 of the 2018 Super Regional, Pav returned to play his final year of eligibility in 2019 where he wrapped up a career at Goodwin Field batting .276. Pav led the 2019 team in home runs and also finished the 2017 season with zero errors while playing primarily First Base.

    Pav returns to the Titan Baseball Program after spending two years serving as a graduate assistant at Concordia University in Irvine. While at Concordia, Pav coached next to Titan Alumni Joe Turgeon the head coach at Concordia and Matt Fahey who serves as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator.

    Highlights include:

    🎙️ New role as Director of Player Development (2:56)
    🎙️ Using analytics to help players improve (4:01)
    🎙️ Becoming a Graduate Assistant after 5th year at CSUF (5:56)
    🎙️ 2-Sport athlete coming out of high school (7:44)
    🎙️ Becoming a Titan at HS Graduation Day (9:27)
    🎙️ Importance of attending prospect camps (12:25)
    🎙️ Redshirting in 2015 (15:10)
    🎙️ Freshman getting his first shot (20:32)
    🎙️ Dream season in 2017 (26:12)
    🎙️ Wanting to eventually become a coach (30:13)
    🎙️ 2017 Long Beach Super Regional (31:27)
    🎙️ 2018 Palo Alto Regional Walk-Off vs. Stanford (34:55)
    🎙️ Tanner Bibee Lights out on Sunday at Stanford (38:02)
    🎙️ Decision to return for 5th year in 2019 (40:11)
    🎙️ Disappointment of 2019 Season (44:08)
    🎙️ Player experience in his new role (47:22)
    🎙️ Communication with players who were former teammates (51:03)
    🎙️ Takeaways from coaching at Concordia (52:54)
    🎙️ Future for Pav (55:04)

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    • 57 min
    Episode 46: Jason Dietrich

    Episode 46: Jason Dietrich

    This episode of the 1544 Miles to Omaha Podcast features a one-on-one sit down interview with the sixth head baseball coach in Cal State Fullerton's Division 1 history, Jason Dietrich. We spoke to Coach Dietrich briefly after his introductory press conference in July and you can hear his comments by going back to Episode 40 that was published on July 1st. Coach Dietrich was also a guest on the "Fram and Friends" podcast hosted by Cal State Fullerton President Fram Virjee in September. We would highly recommend listening to that one to gain more knowledge about the man that will be leading the Titan Baseball program this coming season and into the future.

    In this interview, we will get to know Coach Dietrich more in depth about his coaching philosophy, which coaches influenced him the most as an assistant coach and what aspects of those coaches will he take into being a head coach.

    Highlights include:

    🎙️ Transitioning into Head Coaching role (3:30)
    🎙️ Importance of maintaining Titan alumni involved (6:08)
    🎙️ Influence of Don Sneddon on his coaching style (7:36)
    🎙️ Influence of Mike Gilespie on his coaching style (9:10)
    🎙️ Influence of Rick Vanderhook on his coaching style (11:02)
    🎙️ Influence of George Horton on his coaching style (12:25)
    🎙️ Influence of Cliff Godwin on his coaching style (14:13)
    🎙️ Balancing head coaching duties while also in charge of pitchers (16:34)
    🎙️ Use of baseball analytics to help players (20:38)
    🎙️ Perspective on hiring Josh Belovsky to staff (23:36)
    🎙️ Perspective on hiring Neil Walton to staff (26:55)
    🎙️ Perspective on Danny Benedetti as Volunteer Assistant (29:24)
    🎙️ Creating new position for Jake Pavletich on staff (31:30)
    🎙️ Preview on Fall Practices officially starting (33:38)
    🎙️ Fall Ball practices should be open to public (37:59)
    🎙️ Season schedule spoilers (39:53)

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    • 42 min
    Episode 45: Josh Belovsky

    Episode 45: Josh Belovsky

    Guest is assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Belovsky who most recently served as the West Coast Regional Supervisor for the Milwaukee Brewers. As a college baseball player, Belovsky started at Cypress College and eventually would go to Texas Tech and the University of Kansas. He played professionally mainly within the Boston Red Sox organization and advanced to play for the Trenton Thunder, the Red Sox Double-A affiliate.

    Belovsky got his coaching start at Cypress College in 2001 where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He moved over to Orange Coast College where he filled the same role as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 2002-2006. In 2005, he also served as the associate head coach at OCC. Josh made the jump to professional scouting in 2006 with the Colorado Rockies organization as an associate scout before joining the Brewers as the Southern California and Hawaii area scout. In 2016 he was named the Brewers West Coast Regional Supervisor.

    Belovsky was named Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator by Head Coach Jason Dietrich in early August.

    Highlights include:

    🎙️ Transitioning from scouting to coaching (2:48)
    🎙️ Getting approached to coach at CSUF (5:27)
    🎙️ Role as a Pro Scout (7:16)
    🎙️ Role as Recruiting Coordinator (9:37)
    🎙️ Finding players who want to be Titans (11:15)
    🎙️ Growing up and becoming a baseball player (12:43)
    🎙️ Playing professional baseball (16:25)
    🎙️ Fullerton connections (18:20)
    🎙️ Choosing to coach college baseball again (19:38)
    🎙️ On the field responsibilities (20:21)
    🎙️ Recruiting today's student-athlete (21:35)
    🎙️ Tradition of Titan Baseball (22:49)
    🎙️ Transition from talent evaluator to coach (24:05)
    🎙️ Main focus going into fall practices (26:21)

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    • 27 min
    Episode 44: Neil Walton

    Episode 44: Neil Walton

    Neil Walton joins the show as an assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton Baseball after being the first coach announced to join Jason Dietrich's staff. This is Walton's third stint on campus starting his coaching career at Fullerton as a Graduate Manager for the 2013 Titans before joining Andrew Checkett's staff at UC Santa Barbara in 2014. Walton was in Santa Barbara for four years before returning to Cal State Fullerton in the volunteer assistant role in 2018 and 2019. He most recently served as hitting coach and assisted with recruiting under Dave Serrano up at Cal State Northridge. After Jason Dietrich was named the sixth head coach in Cal State Fullerton Titan Baseball history, Walton was the first assistant coach to be named to the Dietrich led staff.

    Highlights include:

    🎙️ Coaching role with the Titans (2:36)
    🎙️ Hitting philosophy (3:33)
    🎙️ Using analytics to coach (8:05)
    🎙️ Role as a recruiter to his alma mater(13:40)
    🎙️ What he has taken from previous coaches (19:50)
    🎙️ Preparation breeds confidence (23:30)
    🎙️ Influence Ken Ravizza had on him (26:15)
    🎙️ Main focus heading into Fall practice (30:22)
    🎙️ Previously coached players on the 2022 squad (32:53)
    🎙️ Team leadership roles (35:35)

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    • 37 min
    Episode 43: Justin Garza

    Episode 43: Justin Garza

    Justin Garza became the 70th Cal State Fullerton Titan Baseball alumnus to make his debut in Major League Baseball. As a freshman, Garza was named the Big West Pitcher of the Year in 2013, a year he would go 12-0 and record a team high 95 strikeouts. For his career, Garza ranks tied with Jason Windsor at 7th all time for fewest walks per 9 innings (1.60). Most notably, Garza is best remembered for his May 23, 2014 pitching performance vs. Cal State Northridge where he threw the fourth no-hitter in Titan Baseball history.

    Unfortunately in his junior season with Cal State Fullerton,Garza suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery. Garza would still get selected in the 8th round by the Cleveland Indians and recently got the call up to Cleveland in June 2021. Hear his thoughts on his three years playing for Titan Baseball including these highlights:

    🎙️ Becoming an MLB player journey (1:23)
    🎙️ Getting the call to the Show (4:33)
    🎙️ Adjusting to life in the MLB (7:05)
    🎙️ Growing up in San Gabriel Valley (11:17)
    🎙️ Recruitment & choosing Cal State Fullerton (12:50)
    🎙️ Thoughts on Jason Dietrich as head coach (14:22)
    🎙️ 2013 Freshman season (18:38)
    🎙️ No-Hitter vs. CSUN (23:34)
    🎙️ 2015 Junior season (31:28)
    🎙️ Baseball America cover photo (35:00)
    🎙️ Injury & needing Tommy John Surgery (38:02)
    🎙️ Getting drafted by Cleveland (41:33)

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    • 48 min

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Absolutely loving this podcast. Huge Titans baseball fan. This podcast is providing so much great history of the storied program as well as an inside look at the current team. Looking forward to more episodes. Keep up the great work Dave!

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