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Matt Florer
Matt  Florer

Position:
Volunteer Assistant Coach (Pitching)

Alma Mater:
LMU '13



11/09/2015

Crimson/Navy Series Set for Thursday-Saturday

LMU baseball will holds its annual Fall World Series this week.

11/12/2014

Fall World Series Set for Thursday-Saturday

LMU baseball will holds its annual Fall World Series this week.

02/13/2014

SEASON PREVIEW: Under the Lights in 2014

LMU baseball opens its season on Friday under the lights at Page Stadium.

05/19/2013

Lions Fall to Santa Clara in Season Finale

LMU dropped the finale of the 2013 season on Sunday.

05/16/2013

Lions Seek WCC Tournament Berth, Senior Day Sunday

LMU will open a must-win three game series with Santa Clara on Friday.

02/18/2016

2016 LMU Baseball Season Preview

LMU will begin the 2016 season at #11 TCU on Friday night.

03/09/2013

Inside the Lions Post Game presented by MUSCLE MILK

BASE | LMU 5, #26 Oklahoma State 2

02/11/2013

2013 Baseball Season Preview

2013 Baseball Season Preview with head coach Jason Gill.

11/01/2012

Interviews with the player-managers prior to the start of the 2012 Crimson/Navy World Series

Interviews with the player-managers prior to the start of the 2012 Crimson/Navy World Series

10/31/2012

The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.

The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.

05/23/2015

2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Championship Game

2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Championship Game vs. Pepperdine

03/10/2015

LMU Baseball vs Saint Joseph's | February 21, 2015

LMU Baseball vs Saint Joseph's | February 21, 2015

Photos by Glenn Marzano

02/27/2015

BASE | LMU vs. Nebraska

Game One from Page Stadium

04/23/2013

BASE | Florer No Hitter

LMU 5, CSUN 0 - Apr. 23, 2013

05/10/2012

LMU Baseball Photos by Julie Megill

Photos by Julie Megill

Matt Florer begins his third season on the LMU coaching staff in 2017, and his first as the team's pitching coach. Florer spent his first two seasons as the Director of Baseball Operations and was essential in the development of the pitching staff.

Florer was put in charge of developing a handful of LMU relievers and overseeing the bullpen in 2016, including converting left-hander Kyle Dozier from an outfielder to a two-way player out of the bullpen. Dozier finished the year with a 0.84 ERA over 10 appearances and 10.2 innings of work. Florer also aided the emergence of freshman Codie Paiva, who did not start the year on the travel roster, but eventually settled in as one of the stronger options for LMU. Paiva made 11 total appearances in 2016, starting one game, and finishing with a 2.86 ERA over 22 innings of work.

Following the 2016 season, Florer saw a pair of his pitchers sign professional contracts, as junior J.D. Busfield was selected in the 7th round of the draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Michael Silva, who Florer helped develop in the bullpen over Silva's final two years, ultimately signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals.

In his first year back in a Lion uniform in 2015, Florer helped guide LMU to a 33-21-1 overall record and a spot in the WCC Championship Game for the second straight year. The 33 victories were the most for a Lion team since recording 40 in 2000 (40-19). Seven Lion players garnered All-WCC honors, including four of LMU's pitchers who were under the watch of Florer. The 2015 June Amateur Draft saw a pair of Lion hurlers taken in the top-10 rounds, with Trevor Megill (7th round) and Colin Welmon (8th round) nabbed.

Working directly with the bullpen, Florer saw Silva, who threw 8.0 innings in 2014, selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 25th round of the 2015 Draft after logging a 3-2 record with a 2.77 ERA over 31 appearances. Moreover, Florer worked with Busfield as he set a new LMU single season record for saves with 14 in 2015. The right-hander pitched to a 4-2 record and a 1.89 ERA with 35 strikeouts over 27 appearances and 38 innings of work as a sophomore out of the bullpen.

Prior to his return to the LMU baseball program as a coach, Florer spent the 2014 season serving as the pitching coach at his former school, Mission Viejo High School, where he guided the team to a school record 1.87 team ERA along with helping to develop three of his pitchers go onto receive college baseball scholarships from USC, San Diego State and Cal Poly. Working under Florer's tutelage, Patrick Sandoval was drafted in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, while two more of his hurlers received Division II scholarships to play at the next level.

In just his first year at LMU, Florer founded the LMU Baseball Academy that brought in more than 200 local attendees within the Los Angeles community. Florer hosted events such as little league outreach camps, hitting, pitching, and defensive youth clinics as well as creating the Marina Lions youth teams that practice and compete in local tournaments and national events. Along with founding LMU's youth academy, Florer hosted more than 18 High School Elite Prospect/Team Camps over the course of his first year. These High School camps helped expose more than 350 High School athletes, from more than 80 plus schools, to the beautiful Loyola Marymount University campus and facilities.

Florer, who finished his playing career as a Lion in 2013, appeared in more than 70 games over his tenure and threw only the second no-hitter in LMU history on April 23, 2013 against Cal State Northridge. Florer's 2011 sophomore campaign might have been his strongest, as the left-hander went 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA over a team-high 26 appearances.

Florer graduated from LMU in 2013 with a degree in communication studies.

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