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Paul Svagdis, M.A.

Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Head Coach, Baseball
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3298
Email: psvagdis@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 815-5084
Paul Svagdis, M.A., is entering his 13th season at the helm of the Cougar baseball program, building on past successes until the program reached national prominence with back-to-back World Series appearances in 2007 and 2008. In those two seasons, Svagdis sent five Cougars on to the professional ranks through the Major League Baseball draft, two of whom made their Major League Baseball debut in 2012 (Kirk Nieuwenhuis ’08 and Stephen Vogt ’07). Over the last 12 seasons, MLB teams have drafted 15 of Svagdis’ players. Svagdis has developed and produced 10 all-Americans, 10 academic all-Americans, 6 conference players of the year, 20 all-conference players, 12 academic all-conference players, and 2 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners during his time at Azusa Pacific. Svagdis came to Azusa Pacific after spending 3 seasons at Tufts University as a graduate assistant coach for the baseball and football programs and 6 seasons as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Pomona-Pitzer, an NCAA Division III institution in Claremont, California. In 2002, Svagdis guided Pomona-Pitzer to its finest season, as the Sagehens finished 36-7, including a perfect 18-0 record in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the institution’s first SCIAC baseball crown since 1955.

Paul lives in Glendora, California, with his wife, Catherine, and two children, Emma (15) and Dominic (11). He is involved in the community through many youth baseball programs and hosts the Cougar 212 Baseball youth summer camps every June.

Education

  • Ed.D. (in progress), Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A., Education, Tufts University
  • B.A., Economics, Tufts University

Department

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Expertise

  • College Football
  • NAIA Baseball

Courses Taught

  • PE 240 – Health Education (F, S)