LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ram Nation truly stretches coast to coast and that was proven on Saturday afternoon when former VCU baseball standout, Jerry DiPoto, was named the  General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

After spending the past six years in various roles with the Arizona Diamondbacks, DiPoto was named the 11th general manager in the Angels' history at a press conference earlier today.

"I can't tell you how I honored I am to have the opportunity to join an organization with such championship-level people," Dipoto said. "With the experience of success the Angels have had over the last decade, I feel like it's an organization that's only moving forward, that has championship aspirations. I love what I do, and I love doing it with good baseball people."

Prior to his time with Arizona, he had spent time as a scout, farm director and numerous other positions with the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

Although Dipoto is just 43, he accumulated experience in every area of baseball since his playing career ended in Colorado in 2000.

He donned the Black & Gold from 1987-89 and starred on the mound for the Rams, including leading VCU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. DiPoto is still among the top-10 in school history in many pitching categories.

DiPoto also holds the distinction of being the first Ram to reach the Major Leagues after being a third-round selection in the 1989 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians.

In eight major league seasons, he racked up 27 wins and 49 saves, while tossing 495.1 innings and striking out 352.