Tom Myers Returns to UCSB as Pitching Coach

July 6, 2004

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara baseball head coach Bob Brontsema has announced the hiring of Tom Myers as pitching coach, a position he previously held with the Gauchos from 1998-2001.

Myers replaces Dan Ricabal, whose contract was not renewed after spending three seasons in Santa Barbara. In addition to his on-the-field responsibilities, Myers will be involved with recruiting and fundraising.

"To be able to bring Tom back here is a major coup," Brontsema said. "Familiarity with me, our school and the UC system were all high priorities in this coaching search, and Tom fits those criteria and then some. He has a great pitching staff to work with and I think he can help them realize their potential."

After leaving UCSB, Myers served as pitching coach at Santa Clara University from 2002-04. There he mentored a Bronco pitching corps that included reliever Anthony Rea, a Second Team All-American in 2004.

In his first stint with the Gauchos, Myers helped the program record a 40-17 record and reach the NCAA Tournament in 2001. UCSB's pitching staff that season included a quartet of current minor leaguers - Jim Bullard, James Garcia, Jeremy Sugarman and Matt Vasquez.

"I'm happy to be back working with Bob and his staff, and coaching at UCSB," Myers said. "I'm excited by the direction both the program and athletic department are headed in."

The San Jose, Calif., native also gained coaching experience at Porterville Junior College and with Major League Baseball's International program in Belgium.

Myers, a member of the 1991 Gaucho baseball team, was an All-Big West Conference selection in his only year with the program, winning 10 games and saving three in 24 appearances. He came to Santa Barbara for his senior season after two years at San Jose City College and one at Arizona, where he compiled a 1-1 record and notched one save.

Drafted by the Oakland Athletics following his senior campaign, Myers pitched under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Bon Gibson while in the minor leagues.

A graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Myers earned his BA in communication from UCSB and a Master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.

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