June 22, 2011

What They're Saying

Bill Geivett, Assistant General Manager, Colorado Rockies, UCSB baseball 1984-85:

"For all the former Gaucho players who have played over the years, I think this is a great hire by Mark Massari to bring in the best assistant coach in the country to come and lead our program in to the future. We all should be very excited that he could acquire the caliber of a coach like Andrew to come in and build our program."

George Horton, University of Oregon head coach:

"UC Santa Barbara has made a great selection in Andrew Checketts as its new baseball coach. He is an exceptional coach, recruiter and mentor of student-athletes. The job he has done as an assistant here at the University of Oregon is exemplary. He is one of the top coaches in the country, and has a very bright baseball mind. He was a great ambassador at Oregon, and I'm sure will be a great ambassador for UCSB. Andrew and his family will be greatly missed by our staff, our players and our community. His outstanding baseball abilities are surpassed only by his great character and the quality of his family. We wish him well with his new challenges at UCSB."

Doug Smith, UC Riverside head coach:

"He's been very successful as an assistant both at our place and Oregon and he has proven himself to be one of top assistants in the country and I think its hard to argue with it. I don't think there's any question he'll be good. He's a very good baseball person, and more importantly, he's a good person. He's a good man and I'm happy for him."

Al Ferrer, UCSB head coach 1981-93:

"I have the utmost respect for George Horton as somebody that I coached against during his Fullerton years. Anybody that has worked with George understands the game, will bring professionalism to the program and should be able to give a shot in the arm to the Gaucho program."

Bill Pintard, Santa Barbara Foresters founder and head coach:

"Congratulations to Mark Massari and UCSB for stepping up and going and getting one of the brightest young coach's available. Andrew's record speaks for itself as he is one of the premier pitching coaches in the country. He has worked under two great coaches - Doug Smith at UC Riverside and George Horton at the University of Oregon - and he is more than ready to lead UCSB as its head coach. And, as fine as a coach as Andrew is, he is an even finer person."