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Tim Wallach says he has no interest in Cal State Fullerton head coach opening

June 22, 2011 |  6:33 am

Kemp and Wallach There was a time when he would have been very open to the idea. But this year, at this time, Tim Wallach says he has no interest in the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton.

"I’m not in any way, shape or form interested,’’ Wallach said. "I was four years ago but not now. I like where I’m at.’’

Where he’s at now is with the Dodgers as their third base coach. He returned to the team Tuesday, missing the previous two days after his father died.

Wallach wants to be a major-league manager, and he would step off that path were he were to leave and become a college coach.

Not that Wallach -- who was the College Player of the Year for the Titans in 1979 -- doesn’t have strong feelings for Fullerton, which has won four College World Series.

"I’d like to see them get someone with Fullerton ties,’’ he said. "I think Mark Kotsay would be interested. I know he’s still playing, but I think he would be interested.’’

Kotsay, 35, is a reserve outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was also the college player of the year at CSF, when he led the Titans to their third CWS title.

Wallach has a son, Chad, who will be a sophomore infielder for the Titans in the fall.

Dave Serrano resigned last week to take the head coaching job at Tennessee. Previously, Augie Garrido left Fullerton for Texas and George Horton for Oregon.

Wallach said he hadn’t been asked by Fullerton for his input for the next hire.

"It has to be about the kids and the school instead of moving on up,’’ he said. "It’s a top program and has been for a long time. It’s still going to be good, but it needs to be great like it has been.’’


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Photo: Matt Kemp celebrates a two-run home run with third base coach Tim Wallach during the eighth inning against the Phillies at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on June 7, 2011. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 6-2. Credit: Howard Smith / US Presswire