November 30, 1953 |
Los Angeles, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Cal State Dominguez Hills
University of Florida
University of Arizona
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
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)
Andy Lopez (born November 30, 1953) is a retired American college baseball coach. He was most recently 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 compiled an overall win-loss record of 1,177–742–7 in thirty-three seasons as a head coach.
He is 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.
After being dismissed by the University of Florida, Lopez was hired as head coach at the University of Arizona. In his fourteen seasons as head coach, UofA 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).
Lopez announced his retirement on May 25th, 2015.
Head coaching record
|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)|
|1992||Pepperdine||48–11–1||23–4||1st||College World Series Champions|
|Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1995–2001)|
|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|
|2000||Florida||44–23–1||18–11–1||2nd (East)||NCAA Regional|
|2001||Florida||35–27||16–14||4th (East)||NCAA Regional|
|Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12 Conference) (2002–present)|
|2004||Arizona||36–27–1||12–12||5th||College World Series|
|2008||Arizona||42–19||12–12||T–4th||NCAA Super Regional|
|2012||Arizona||48–17||20–10||T–1st||College World Series Champions|
National champion Postseason invitational champion