SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – New UC Santa Barbara baseball coach Andrew Checketts made his first coaching hire, bringing in Eddie Cornejo to join his staff as an assistant coach.
Cornejo comes to UCSB after serving one season as an assistant coach at UC Riverside and previously served as the Associate Head Coach and interim Head Coach at Riverside City College.
“Eddie is a great addition to the UCSB program,” Checketts said. “He is an extremely motivated, hard-working individual who will immediately help us in many areas.”
Cornejo will work with the Gaucho infielders after a standout playing career at Riverside City College and the University of Oklahoma. He spent six seasons in the minors for the Oakland and Colorado organizations, ascending to Triple-A for two seasons.
At Oklahoma he was an All-Big 12 performer and was an All-American at RCC where his team won consecutive state championships.
“It’s difficult to find a better place to live and go to school than UC Santa Barbara and now with Andrew Checketts at the helm of a baseball program, there now is no better place to develop as a baseball player,” Cornejo said. “I want to thank Andrew, Mark Massari and the entire UCSB athletic department for the opportunity and challenge to help instill a winning culture.”