SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Teddy Warrecker, head baseball coach at Santa Barbara City College the last 10 seasons, has joined the Cal Poly baseball program as an assistant coach.
Warrecker replaces Jesse Zepeda, who resigned in June after seven seasons as a Mustang assistant coach to take a similar position at Long Beach State under new 49er head coach Troy Buckley.
“Teddy will bring a lot of energy to the program,” said Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee. “He has valuable experience as a head coach and, being at the junior college level, had to be a jack of all trades.
“Teddy will be an integral part of our recruiting, will oversee our catchers and will represent the program extremely well,” Lee added. “He is very talented in a number of different areas and we’re excited and fortunate to have him on our staff.”
Warrecker, who turns 38 in October, compiled a 193-198-2 record as the part-time head coach of the Vaqueros. Prior to his arrival, the team had endured 19 straight sub-.500 seasons.
“It’s been a dream of mine to coach at the Division I level,” added Warrecker, the son of legendary Santa Barbara High coach Fred Warrecker. “I’ve known for at least five years that’s where I wanted to be. Coach Lee approached me about the job and it really came out of left field.”
In the last seven years, Warrecker guided Santa Barbara to six winning campaigns, including a 20-16 mark last spring, and three regional playoff appearances. The Vaqueros have gone 102-65 (.611 winning percentage) over the last four seasons.
Warrecker, named head coach at SBCC in January 2001, guided the 2008 Vaqueros to six wins in their last seven games to secure a spot in the Southern California Regionals for the third time in four seasons. The 2007 squad won 13 straight games to claim a playoff berth, break the school record for wins (34) and bring home the first Western State Conference North Division title since 1972.
The 2005 team reached the postseason for the first time since 1978. That Vaquero squad led the state in ERA, finishing the regular season with a 24-13 mark. The 2004 Vaqueros posted the school’s first winning campaign in 23 years, finishing with a 19-16 record overall.
Warrecker, who has five brothers, attended Santa Barbara High School and played for his father and head coach, Fred Warrecker, who recently completed his 37th season as head coach. Warrecker was a catcher and first baseman at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection, first-team All-Northern California and first-team All-State. He helped the Bulldogs win the Coast Valley Conference championship in 1993, while setting school career marks in home runs and RBI.
The following summer Warrecker played for the Kenai Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League, a team that went on to win the NBC National Championship in Wichita, Kansas. He attended the University of Arizona before signing with the Cleveland Indians after his junior year.
Warrecker spent six years in the minor leagues as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In addition, he was invited to the Indians’ Major League Camp as part of the 40-man roster in 1997. Warrecker also played in the final season, since reformed, of the Hawaii Winter League for the West Oahu Cane Fires.
After professional baseball, Warrecker completed his bachelor’s degree in history at Cal State Northridge and recently finished his master’s degree in sport science from the United States Sports Academy.
Prior to his 10-year stint at SBCC, Warrecker assisted his father at Santa Barbara High School, where the Dons won the Channel League in 1999, and 2000 and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship game at Dodger Stadium in 2000.
Over the past several year, Warrecker has been invited to instruct at Showcase Camps at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly as well as camps hosted by Baseball Factory, Area Code, ESPN Rise, TPX Top 96, and the Trosky School of Baseball.
Warrecker coached over 50 players who went on to play at the four-year and professional levels.
Lee, who played one year at SBCC (1980), was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year and asked Warrecker to introduce him.
“That was an incredible honor,” said Warrecker. “Out of all the players who had played for him and coaches who had worked with him, he chose me. We’ve had a connection and now we’re going to be together and I think it’s going to be a great fit.”
(Cal Poly Release)