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On August 17, 2009, Fred Corral was hired as the associate head coach and pitching coach for the University of Memphis baseball team. Entering his third season with the Tigers, it's no wonder his acquisition was so exciting for skipper Daron Schoenrock.
One of the most respected college pitching coaches in the country, Corral brings a wealth of collegiate experience and knowledge to the Memphis staff. He has served as an assistant coach at Tennessee (two stints), Oklahoma, Sacramento City College and San Joaquin Delta College.
In 2011, Corral worked with a young starting pitching core and relatively inexerienced bullpen arms. The staff posted a collective 5.20 earned-run average and recorded 400 plus strikeouts for the second consecutive season and sixth time in program history. Two of Corral's upperclassman arms were drafted as junior Ben Paullus was picked up in the 19th round by the New York Yankees and senior southpaw Ryan Holland was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 39th round.
Corral inherited a senior-laden pitching staff in 2010 and quickly went to work to make his mark on the staff. Under his tutelage and powered by the arms of Ryan Fraser and Brennon Martin, Corral's staff fanned a program-record 462 batters and posted its lowest ERA in three years. Corral's instruction helped Fraser land All-C-USA honors. Fraser was drafted by the New York Mets in the 23rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, while Martin signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Corral's last stop at Tennessee (2007-09) saw him instruct UT freshman Bryan Morgado to Freshman All-America honors and a spot on the Roger Clemens Award watch list in 2008. Under Corral's guidance, Morgado fanned 104 batters, marking just the second time in Volunteer baseball history that a freshman eclipsed the 100-strikeout plateau. Corral also helped several UT hurlers post dramatic improvements over his second two-year stint in Knoxville.
Corral made the move to head the pitching staff at Oklahoma following the 2004 season. During his three years with the Sooners, he helped OU to two consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, including the program's first Super Regional showing in 2006. During Corral's tenure at Oklahoma, nine pitchers were taken in the MLB Draft (including 13th-rounder Daniel McCutchen) and six Sooner hurlers earned All-Big 12 honors.
During Corral's first stint at Tennessee, he led the Volunteers' pitching staff to the top of the pitching-rich SEC as well as the nation. His staffs posted consecutive sub-3.90 ERAs, and UT's 3.51 ERA in 2004 ranked 13th in the country. The 2004 Volunteer staff recorded the fifth-most strikeouts in school history and held opponents to a .243 batting average, which was UT's lowest mark in nine seasons. Tennessee also had three pitchers in 2004 who's ERAs ranked among the top 12 in the SEC.
Four of Corral's pitchers at Tennessee have gone on to be selected in the MLB draft. He signed James Adkins and coached Luke Hochevar, hurlers who now rank first and third on UT's all-time strikeouts list, respectively.
Corral began his collegiate coaching career in 1993 as a pitching coach at his alma mater, San Joaquin Delta Junior College in Stockton, Calif. He spent two seasons there (1993-95), before taking the reins of the Sacramento City College pitching staff.
From 1996-2002, Corral served as the pitching coach at SCC, where he was a vital part of the program's success. Under one of the most highly respected and successful junior college coaches in the nation in Jerry Weinstein, Corral served on a coaching staff that produced one national championship, five Bay Valley East Conference championships and a pair of state runner-up titles. His staffs compiled an overall record of 281-56-1 for an .833 winning percentage during his tenure.
Of the 36 drafted pitchers under his tutelage at SCC, 13 signed professional contracts. Every pitcher Corral coached at SCC was either drafted or transferred to a four-year institution.
Corral's credentials of developing pitching talent speak for themselves. In 18 years as a collegiate pitching coach, 62 of his pitchers have been drafted, nine of which were selected in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft and six (Matt Riley, Adam Bernero, Mike Neu, Joe Horgan, Luke Hochevar and Charlie Zink) have advanced to baseball's top level. In all, Corral's instruction has helped 67 pitchers reach the professional level.
Much like Schoenrock, Corral has also had extensive experience in the professional ranks. He has worked as a pitching instructor in the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000-01) and Montreal Expos (1999) organizations, and also served as coach for Major League Baseball International (1994).
As a player, Corral was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a relief pitcher at the University of California in 1987. The Golden Bears' eighth 10-game winner, Corral set a school record for single-season win-loss percentage with a perfect 10-0 record in 1987. The southpaw added five saves and a 3.75 ERA in his sophomore season (1987) en route to earning the team's Most Valuable Pitcher honor. Corral helped lead the Golden Bears to their fourth College World Series appearance in 1988. He finished his career with a 13-5 mark, a 4.50 ERA and six saves.
Prior to his Division I career at Cal, Corral starred at San Joaquin Delta Junior College where he garnered All-Camino Notre Conference honors in 1985 and 1986.
Corral is married to Cynthia Corral, of Ripon, Calif., and the couple has three children, Kaitlyn Joy, Justin Jerome and Jordan Patrick. The couple's nieces, Marisa and Chelsea, and nephews, Michael and Robert, also live with them.