No UC Irvine player had a closer bond with former Head Coach Dave Serrano than Scott Gorgen. Coming out of high school as a low profile inexperienced pitcher, Gorgen could have very well ended up at a junior college if it weren’t for Serrano. Serrano took a chance on the pitcher who was actually a catcher until his senior year of high school.
The success that followed in the subsequent two seasons was obvious proof Gorgen was blessed with an impeccable pitching mentor. But the bond was unexpectedly broken shortly after the Anteaters’ conclusion of their College World Series run. Serrano left UCI to take the helm for arch-nemesis, Cal State Fullerton.
It was anything but a clean break. Gorgen adamantly expressed his feelings of betrayal to the Daily Pilot newspaper while Serrano was quick to publish his own response.
But now the dust has settled and a new era has begun. Gorgen has adapted kindly to new Head Coach Mike Gillespie and new pitching coach Ted Silva. The feelings of bitterness appear to have seized. Perhaps they have