45 - Bob Townsend
Bob Townsend enters his fifth season as a coach with the University of California, Santa Barbara Gaucho baseball program. The former Gaucho player assists head coach Bob Brontsema with all aspects of the team, specifically hitting instruction, outfield, recruiting, field construction, and maintenance. The affable Townsend has been involved in the local baseball scene many years. A local Santa Barbaran, he played for Fred Warrecker at Santa Barbara High School, where he was an All-Channel League selection for the Dons at shortstop in 1973 and then drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He chose to attend college at Santa Barbara City College where he pitched and played the outfield for Rusty Fairly's Vaqueros in 1975 and 1976. Townsend then transferred across town to UCSB, where he became a Gaucho outfielder under Dave Gorrie. Towny, as he is warmly referred to, attended UCSB 1977- 1979. His involvement in coaching began at the high school level. He spent one season at Santa Barbara High School before moving across town to Dos Pueblos High School to help lead the Dos Pueblos Chargers to a pair of Channel League Championships. He assisted two seasons at Santa Barbara City College before coming to UCSB in 1991. After two years with the UCSB Gauchos, Townsend returned to Santa Barbara City College as an assistant for the Vaqueros. In 1991 Townsend founded and organized the Santa Barbara Foresters. As head coach and General Manager of the Foresters from 1991 to 1994 he compiled an impressive overall record of 131-45 in the first four years of the team's existence. The Foresters, a summer collegiate baseball team that is associated with the National Baseball Congress, is comprised of college players from across the country. In 2002 to 2003 he returned and continued to work as an assistant coach with the Foresters working with the hitters, outfielders, recruiting, and Administrative Assistant to General Manager Bill Pintard. In 2003 they went 51-10-1 and finished second out of 48 teams to Taiwan's national team at the NBC World Series in Wichita Kansas. Right out of the gate, the Foresters under Townsend's direction and leadership became a force in summer college baseball. In their first year they were 21-7 as an independent summer college team. Under his guidance the Foresters won three league championships in their first four years and earned two trips to the NBC World Series in Wichita. Townsend was hired in the summer of 2004 to manage the Euless, Texas Lonestars of the highly-touted Texas Collegiate League. He has accepted the head coach position for the summer of 2005. The Lonestars field a highly competitive and motivated group of players from top NCAA Division I powerhouses from across the country. Towny brought the same spirit, attitude, and positive influence to Texas as he has to the Gaucho program. The Lonestars finished first in all offensive categories in the TCL. Townsend resides in Santa Barbara, Calif. with 12-year-old son, Brett who is also an aspiring student-athlete.