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.
Andrew's success as a recruiter has been noted nationally, as his 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 12 in the country by Baseball America and No. 18 in the nation by Perfect Game. Both rankings were the highest in school history.
Prior to the 2013 season, Checketts made an appearance on Baseball America's "Top 10 Head Coaches Under 40" while being named on Perfect Game's "Rising Head Coaches" lists in both 2012 and 2013.
In his first year as head coach of the Gauchos, Checketts made a significant and positive impact on the program. With a 28-28 record, Checketts set a school record for the most wins by a first year coach. His first win came in dramatic fashion, as the Gauchos needed 12 innings to top Oregon St. 13-12 in the nightcap of a Feb. 18 doubleheader. Checketts oversaw two pitchers in Matt Vedo and Andrew Vazquez who together had the most strikeouts in school history. Checketts led the staff to a school record for strikeouts in a season with 451.
Prior to his hiring at UCSB, he had spent the past three seasons
as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University
of Oregon and was regarded as one of the best pitching coaches not
only on the West Coast, but also the nation.
Known as a diligent worker with an attention for detail, Checketts' staff routinely recorded one of the best earned run averages in the nation. In 2010, Oregon's 3.29 ERA ranked third in the nation and second in the Pac-10. In 2011, Oregon's pitching staff ranked in the top-25 for the second straight year as the mark of 2.99 rated 18th in the country. The Ducks also ranked in the top-15 for two additional categories as UO's 8.2 strikeouts per game ranked 10th in the country, and the Ducks' 7.74 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 11th.
In his coaching career at UC Riverside, Oregon, and UCSB, Checketts has had 41 players drafted or sign pro contracts, including Tyler Anderson, who was drafted 20th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. In total, Checketts has coached 12 pitchers drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2001.
Checketts also played a large role in the recruiting scene for Oregon. For three consecutive years (2008-2010) UO's recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. Most recently, the 2010 freshman class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America's annual evaluation, and third in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.
Prior to joining Oregon's staff, Checketts was on the UC Riverside staff for seven years. In 2007, UC Riverside was the Big West Champion and was ranked as high as 13th in the country during the season. It marked the first time in 20 years that a Division I program in the UC system won its outright conference championship.
Upon his arrival at UC Riverside he made an immediate impact as the staff ERA improved by almost three runs and the team broke the school record for strikeouts in his first year. During his first three seasons at UCR, the team ERA improved every year. Checketts also played a key role in recruiting for the Highlanders. UCR's 2007 class received national recognition with a top-25 ranking from Baseball America. In his final season, UCR's pitching staff ranked among the nation's best in ERA (3.68) and strikeouts per game (8.0).
Checketts began his coaching career at Riverside Community College, where he served as pitching coach and helped the team to their second consecutive California State Championship in 2001. While he was at RCC, the pitching staff set the school record for ERA.
Checketts played one season at Florida and three at Oregon State. As a senior in 1998, he posted an 11-1 record and 3.77 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 73 batters in 86 innings, earning Pac-10 North Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Second Team All-American, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-American and All-West Region Second Team honors. He was also named Pac-10 North All-Conference in 1997 and 1998, finishing his collegiate career with a 30-12 record. Checketts graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Business Administration, Finance. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft.
Checketts graduated from West Linn High School in 1994, and that season was named the Oregon High School State Player of the Year.
He and his wife Michelle have a daughter, Amelia (born 2009) and a son, William (born in 2011).