|Oscar Hirschkorn, a native of Kerman, California, was selected from an impressive list of candidates, to be the architect of the fledgling FPU baseball program.
Hirschkorn graduated from Kerman High School in 1993 and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the major league baseball amateur draft in both 1993 and 1994. He elected to play baseball at Kings River College, where he earned an associate degree in 1995, then completed a B.A. (1998) and M.A. (1999), both in physical education, from California State University, Chico.
While at Chico State Hirschkorn, a pitcher, led the Northern California Athletic Conference in wins in 1997, the same season he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II national championship.
Hirschkorn served as an assistant coach at Reedley College from 1999 to 2000 and as the head coach at Caruthers High School in 2001. He moved to Sanger High School in 2002 where he inherited a team that had gone 4-23 the previous season. Three years later he guided the squad to the school's first postseason appearance in over a decade.
“The opportunity to coach baseball and be a part of the Fresno Pacific University community is my dream job,” Hirschkorn said. “I have been preparing for this for 15 years. I am excited about the possibilities of coaching young men to reach their full potential as students, athletes and citizens. I am eager to build another winning athletic tradition at FPU, and I am grateful for the opportunity.”