Perfect Game, a widely respected high school and college baseball publication, recently released its list of head coaches they believe are “on the rise” in the landscape of college baseball. After considering coaches from all over the country, they ultimately came out with a list of just ten and UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts was on it. Below is what Perfect Game had to say about Coach Checketts:
“Andrew Checketts, UC Santa Barbara
Perhaps no young head coach has been groomed by better head coaches throughout his career. Checketts originally made a name for himself as pitching coach at UC Riverside, where he developed some premium arms and learned under coach Doug Smith. Checketts then spent a few seasons at Oregon learning from George Horton. Though the Gauchos only went .500 in Checketts’ first campaign, there’s no doubt the program is heading a positive direction. UCSB finished with the No. 29 recruiting class nationally in 2012, while the ’13 class has some strong points. It’s safe to say Checketts is on the fast track.”
The 2013 UCSB baseball team, complete with last year’s 12th ranked recruiting class according to Baseball America, will open their season on Friday, February 15th, when they travel to Fresno State for a three game series. The first home game at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium will be on Tuesday, February 19th, against UCLA.
To read the entire Perfect Game article, click on the link below.