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UCLA baseball's Savage named 2013 Coach of the Year by LA Sports Council

UCLA's John Savage named 2013 Coach of the Year by the L.A. Sports Council.
UCLA's John Savage named 2013 Coach of the Year by the L.A. Sports Council.Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

UCLA Bruins head baseball coach John Savage has been named the 2013 Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Savage guided the Bruins to their first NCAA College World Series Championship in June completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State in the best two-out-of-three championship series taking the title-clinching game, 8-0.

The baseball championship was UCLA's 109th overall - tops in the NCAA. The school has since added a 110th with the Bruin women's soccer team winning the national championship last month.

Savage's baseball team finished last season with a 49-17 overall record which included 11-straight wins to end the season in Omaha, Nebraska with the NCAA title.

Previous Coach of the Year honorees include the L.A. Kings' Darryl Sutter (2012), USC football's Lane Kiffin (2011) and the L.A. Galaxy's Bruce Arena (2010) among others.

Savage and team members will be honored at the star-studded, 9th Annual L.A. Sports Awards gala on Wednesday, March 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that will be televised by Prime Ticket on Friday, March 14th at 9:30pm PDT. The show will re-air several times.

The L.A. Sports Awards is the main fundraiser for the non-profit Los Angeles Sports Council. The LASC will use the event's proceeds to promote economic development through sports in Los Angeles.