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By Kerry Eggers/Portland Tribune/Former Oregon State volunteer assistant wasn't offered spot on new coach Mitch Canham's staff

CORVALLIS — Former Oregon State assistant baseball coach Andy Jenkins has accepted a similar position at Cal State Fullerton.

Jenkins, 36, has been hired as a volunteer assistant and will coach third base and work with the catchers and first basemen at Fullerton.

"I'm excited," Jenkins said. "It's a prestigious program, I really like (coach) Rick Vanderhook, and it will be a good adventure for me and my family in Orange County."

The Titans were only 27-26 last season but have made the College World Series in two of the last four years under Vanderhook, whose teams have made the NCAA tournament in seven of his nine years at the helm.

Jenkins, a former OSU catcher and first baseman who started on the Beavers' 2005 CWS team, was an assistant for seven years at his alma mater, coaching third base the last five. He also worked with the catchers and infielders. Jenkins was one of the two "paid" assistants allowed by the NCAA only last season.

At Fullerton, Jenkins' salary will be paid through his work with the Titan Camp Foundation.

"I'll coach some camps, but it's not going to be a grind," he said. "The money is fine."

Jenkins would have returned as a volunteer assistant under new Oregon State head coach Mitch Canham, a former teammate of his with the Beavers. He wasn't given the opportunity.

"I was not offered any kind of position at Oregon State, but I wish Mitch and the Beavers well," Jenkins said. "I have some great memories and built some awesome relationships in Corvallis. I'm looking forward to going to another successful program that has a chance to go to Omaha and see where it takes my coaching career."

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