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Testimonial ......

I would like to thank the entire UCSB baseball coaching staff for providing such a tremendously positive baseball experience for me and all the baseball players that attended your prospect camp this past November.

This weekend I received my personal camp evaluation from Coach Etheredge and I will be taking to heart the specific points outlined in the evaluation recommended for my continued development and improvement as a prospective college pitcher

If it is of any value, I thought your UCSB baseball camp was the most organized college camp that I have attended thus far.

I will look forward to attending another UCSB prospect camp soon upon the completion of my junior season of high school baseball."

-2012 Gaucho Baseball Academy Camper

Testimonial ......

We just wanted to let coaches know how much we appreciated the prospect camp conducted this past weekend. Your entire staff did a great job. We have attended many Division 1 & 2 camps and yours captured the best of all. We really enjoyed the one-on-one time. My son took away a lot great techniques in all areas of his game.

Andrew Checketts

 

Head Coach: UC Santa Barbara

Andrew Checketts was named UC Santa Barbara's head coach on June 22, 2011, becoming the ninth head coach in the program's history. In addition to his head coaching duties, Checketts also serves as the Gauchos' pitching coach.

Checketts has been an immediate success for UCSB, as he enters the 2015 season as the program's leader in career overall winning percentage (.581) and career conference winning percentage (.520). He has gone 97-70-1 in three years in charge of the program.

During his tenure, UCSB has had 12 Major League Baseball draftees (Jared Wilson and Tyler Kuresa were both selected multiple times), two All-America selections (Brett Vertigan in 2012 and Joey Epperson in 2014), four Freshman All-America picks, and 18 All-Big West honorees.

The program's ERA has gone down each year since he took over in 2012 (from 4.14 to 3.53 in 2014), while winning percentage (.500 to .663) runs per game (5.39 to 5.61), batting average (.277 to .288), and on-base percentage (.357 to .374) have all increased year-to-year.

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Neil Walton

 

Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara

Neil Walton begins his second season with the Gauchos after being hired in September 2013. A former standout infielder at Cal State Fullerton, Walton was promoted to assistant coach in July of 2014 after serving as volunteer assistant coach during the 2013-14 season.

"Neil brings a level of experience to the program that is very hard to find and that we value very much," said Checketts. "From reaching the College World Series at Fullerton to plying his trade in the pros, there is a lot that Neil can teach our young players."

With the Gauchos, Walton will run the offense, assist with the hitters and recruiting, and oversee the outfielders.

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Eddie Cornejo

 

Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara

Eddie Cornejo is in his fourth season at UCSB after being hired as part of Andrew Checketts' inaugural staff.

UCSB's recruiting has been an unmitigated success under Cornejo and the new regime, as the Gauchos have had a nationally ranked recruiting class three times since the new staff took over in the 2011-12 school year.

The Gauchos' 2012 recruiting class - the first full season with Cornejo at the helm - was ranked No. 12 in the country by Baseball America, one of the most respected baseball publications in the country. The ranking was the highest amongst all Big West teams, and it was the first time in program history that the Gauchos cracked the annual list. Cornejo's work was also recognized by Collegiate Baseball, who tabbed the recruiting class as 18th best in the nation, also the highest ranking in program history.

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Matt Harvey

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara

After spending three years as the Gauchos Assistant Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Harvey is now the program's Volunteer Assistant Coach.

Harvey will assist head coach Andrew Checketts with the pitching staff and will be in charge of the catchers. He also helps direct the Gaucho Baseball Academy camps and clinics while serving as Co-Camp Coordinator.

Harvey has spent two summers in the Northwoods League as an assistant for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in 2014 and as an assistant for the Rochester Honkers in 2012. As a Woodchuck, he coached third base and worked with both pitchers and position players. During his summer with the Honkers, Harvey led the pitching staff.

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