Volunteer Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara
Former Cal State Fullerton standout infielder Neil Walton was hired as a volunteer assistant coach by the Gauchos in September 2013.
With the Gauchos, Walton will be responsible for coaching first base, supervising the team's outfielders, assisting with the offense, and helping coordinate the Gaucho Baseball Academy.
Walton most recently served as the interim manager/assistant coach for the Terre Haute Rex Baseball Club in the Prospect League. There, he was tasked with running the pitching staff and managed 20 games after the former skipper took an NCAA recruiting job.
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.
In just his second year at the helm, Checketts led the Gauchos to the NCAA regionals for the first time since 2002, ending the second longest postseason drought in program history. The 2013 squad was in the middle of the pack for most of the year, sitting at 18-17 after 35 games. From there, UCSB caught fire, going 16-6 - including six consecutive series wins - to close out the year and finish second in the Big West Conference. Going 6-0-1 in home series on the campaign, it was first time in program history that UCSB had gone undefeated in home series for an entire season. In the Corvallis, Ore. regional, the Gauchos defeated Texas A&M in their first contest before falling in a pair of one-run ballgames.
Checketts presided over a pitching staff in 2013 that produced a pair of Freshman All-Americans in Dylan Hecht and Robby Nesovic. Nesovic was also named the Big West Freshman Player of the Year. Under the tutelage of Checketts, Austin Pettibone lowered his ERA from 4.44 in 2012 to a 2.98 figure in 2013, leading to his selection to the Big West All-Conference Team.
Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara
Eddie Cornejo is in his third season at UCSB, after being hired as part of Andrew Checketts' inaugural staff.
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.
Cornejo's work with the Gauchos helped the team break an 11-year postseason drought when they reached the NCAA Regionals in 2002. Under his tutelage, former shortstop Brandon Trinkwon was named as the top defensive infielder in the NCAA in 2013 before being drafted in the seventh round of that year's draft.
Assistant Coach: UC Santa Barbara
Jason Hawkins was hired as part of Andrew Checketts' inaugural staff prior to the 2011 season.
The UCSB offense has taken significant strides under Hawkins's tutelage. In 2013, the Gauchos ranked in the top-three in the conference for batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, hits, runs batted in, home runs, total bases, hit by pitches, sacrifice bunts, and stolen bases in conference play. Five Gaucho hitters received All-Conference recognition at the end of the year, including Robby Nesovic - conference Freshman Player of the Year and Freshman All-American - and Brandon Trinkwon, who became UCSB's highest position player draftee when he was taken in the seventh round of the 2013 draft by the Dodgers.
Hawkins's work with the offense played a part in them reaching the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2002, ending the second longest postseason drought in program history.