Andy Lopez

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Andy Lopez
Andy Lopez College World Series Game 2 June 25, 2012.jpg
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Arizona
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
Record 402–246–1 (.620)
Biographical details
Born (1953-11-30) November 30, 1953 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater UCLA
Playing career
Position(s) SS
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1988
1989–1994
1995–2001
2002–present
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Pepperdine University
University of Florida
University of Arizona
Head coaching record
Overall 1,089–664–7 (.621)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
West Coast Conference (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)
NCAA National Championship (1992, 2012)
Southeastern Conference (1996, 1998)
Pac-12 Conference (2012)
Awards
CCAA Coach of the Year (1985, 1986, 1987)
WCC Coach of the Year (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)
National Coach of the Year (1992, 1996, 2012)
SEC Coach of the Year (1996)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2012)
For the shooting victim, see Shooting of Andy Lopez.

Andy Lopez (born November 30, 1953) is an American college baseball coach. He is currently the head baseball coach at University of Arizona, and has served as the head baseball coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine, and Florida. Lopez has compiled an overall win-loss record of 1,146–718–7 (.613) in thirty-two seasons as a head coach.

He is one of only twelve active coaches to have won a national championship, as well as one of only three coaches to lead three different programs to the College World Series and one of only two coaches, along with Augie Garrido, to win the College World Series with two different programs. His Division I teams (Pepperdine, Florida, and Arizona)) have appeared in the postseason seventeen out of twenty-six seasons. He has earned National Coach of the Year honors two times, and Conference Coach of the Year honors eight times.

He began his coaching career at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1983. The team won California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships, and became a Division II national championship contender. From 1986 to 1987, his teams won back to back CCAA championships. In six seasons as the head coach, he compiled a 168-152-2(.525) record.

In 1989, he was hired as the head baseball coach at Pepperdine. In six seasons, he compiled a 241-107-3(.691) record. In only his first season, he went 41-19-1, and ultimately won four consecutive post-season tournaments. In 1992, his team won the only National Championship in school history. The 3-2 victory over Cal-State Fullerton earned him consensus National Coach of the Year honors.

During his seven seasons at the University of Florida, he compiled a 278-159-1(.636) record. He won two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and appeared in five NCAA Tournaments and two College World Series. While at UF, he coached major leaguers David Eckstein, Mark Ellis, Brad Wilkerson, David Ross, Ryan Shealy, and Josh Fogg. He also averaged 39 wins per season, including a school record 50 games in 1996. Lopez, however, was controversial with some University of Florida faithful for not recruiting local players and for not extending scholarships to players that he did not recruit to the program. Eventually, Lopez suffered declining success as evidenced by the 35-27 record in 2001, his last year at the University of Florida, and was let go by University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley.

After being dismissed by the University of Florida, Lopez was hired as head coach at the University of Arizona. In his thirteen seasons as head coach, UofA has qualified for the NCAA tournament eight times, including two College World Series appearances and one National Championship. His 2012 national championship team went undefeated in post-season play winning 10 games, three at the Tucson Regional, two at the Super Regional against St. John's at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, and five at the College World Series in Omaha. Lopez is only the second coach in NCAA history to win the CWS with two different teams. As the Wildcats' head coach, Lopez has an overall record of 459-300-1 (.604), and a conference record of 174-165 (.513).

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cal State-Dominguez Hills (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1983–1988)
Cal State-Dominguez Hills: 168–152–2 Unknown
Pepperdine Waves (West Coast Conference) (1989–1994)
1989 Pepperdine 41–19–1 20–4 1st NCAA Regional
1990 Pepperdine 37–23 24–12 2nd
1991 Pepperdine 41–17–1 25–10 1st NCAA Regional
1992 Pepperdine 48–11–1 23–4 1st College World Series Champions
1993 Pepperdine 41–17 24–6 1st NCAA Regional
1994 Pepperdine 33–20 20–10 2nd
Pepperdine: 241–107–3 136–46
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1995–2001)
1995 Florida 32–24 12–14 T–2nd (East)
1996 Florida 50–18 20–10 1st (East) College World Series
1997 Florida 40–24 17–13 T–1st (East) NCAA Regional
1998 Florida 46–18 21–8 1st (East) College World Series
1999 Florida 31–25 13–17 T–2nd (East)
2000 Florida 44–23–1 18–11–1 2nd (East) NCAA Regional
2001 Florida 35–27 16–14 4th (East) NCAA Regional
Florida: 278–159–1 117–87–1
Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12 Conference) (2002–present)
2002 Arizona 31–24 9–15 T–7th
2003 Arizona 35–23 13–11 4th NCAA Regional
2004 Arizona 36–27–1 12–12 5th College World Series
2005 Arizona 39–21 17–7 2nd NCAA Regional
2006 Arizona 27–28 12–12 4th
2007 Arizona 42–17 15–9 2nd NCAA Regional
2008 Arizona 42–19 12–12 T–4th NCAA Super Regional
2009 Arizona 30–25 13–14 T–5th
2010 Arizona 34–24 12–15 T–7th NCAA Regional
2011 Arizona 39–21 15–12 4th NCAA Regional
2012 Arizona 48–17 20–10 T–1st College World Series Champions
2013 Arizona 34–21 15–15 t-6th
2014 Arizona 22–33 9–21 10th
Arizona: 459–300–1 174–165
Total: 1146–718–7

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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