Staff
Head Coach
Andrew Checketts

Andrew Checketts was named UC Santa Barbara's head coach on June 22, 2011, becoming the ninth head coach in the program's history.

The Gauchos reached new heights with Checketts at the helm in 2016, winning the Nashville Regional at Vanderbilt before sweeping Louisville in the Super Regionals to reach UCSB's first ever College World Series. In Omaha, the Gauchos eliminated No. 3 national seed Miami before ultimately falling to Arizona, which reached the CWS Final.

During the postseason run, Checketts was named a finalist for the 2016 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award.

In the summer after the College World Series, Checketts signed a contract extension through the 2022 season.

Checketts has been an immediate success for UCSB, as through seven years he is the program's leader in career overall winning percentage (.580). He has gone 231-167-4 in seven years in charge of the program.

With Checketts leading the way, the Gauchos had arguably their best regular season in program history in 2015. The squad set a then-school record for wins against Division I opponents with a 40-17-1 record, and they were selected as a No. 1 seed and a host for the 2015 NCAA Regionals for the first time ever.

During his tenure, UCSB has had 39 Major League Baseball draftees, four All-America selections (Brett Vertigan in 2012, Joey Epperson in 2014, Dillon Tate in 2015, Shane Bieber in 2016), six Freshman All-America picks, the 2015 Big West Co-Field Player of the Year (Cameron Newell), and 44 All-Big West honorees.

The Gauchos' 39 draft picks since 2012 are the most by any team in the Big West over that span. Under Checketts' tutelage, All-American right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate became one of the top players in collegiate baseball, eventually going to the Texas Rangers with the fourth overall selection in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Tate was the first pitcher chosen in the 2015 draft.

Prior to his hiring at UCSB, he had spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Oregon and was regarded as one of the best pitching coaches not only on the west coast, but also the nation.

Known as a diligent worker with an attention for detail, Checketts' staff routinely recorded one of the best earned run averages in the nation. In 2010, Oregon's 3.29 ERA ranked third in the nation and second in the Pac-10. In 2011, Oregon's pitching staff ranked in the top-25 for the second straight year as the mark of 2.99 rated 18th in the country. The Ducks also ranked in the top-15 for two additional categories as UO's 8.2 strikeouts per game ranked 10th in the country, and the Ducks' 7.74 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 11th.

In his coaching career at Riverside City College, UC Riverside, Oregon, and UCSB, Checketts has had 41 players drafted or sign pro contracts, including Tyler Anderson, who was drafted 20th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. In total, Checketts has coached 12 pitchers drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2001.

Checketts also played a large role in the recruiting scene for Oregon. For three consecutive years (2008-2010) UO's recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. Most recently, the 2010 freshman class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America's annual evaluation, and third in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.

Prior to joining Oregon's staff, Checketts was on the UC Riverside staff for seven years. In 2007, UC Riverside was the Big West Champion and was ranked as high as 13th in the country during the season. It marked the first time in 20 years that a Division I program in the UC system won its outright conference championship.

Checketts began his coaching career at Riverside Community College, where he served as pitching coach and helped the team to their second consecutive California State Championship in 2001. While he was at RCC, the pitching staff set the school record for ERA.

Checketts played one season at Florida and three at Oregon State. As a senior in 1998, he posted an 11-1 record and 3.77 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 73 batters in 86 innings, earning Pac-10 North Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Second Team All-American, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-American and All-West Region Second Team honors. He was also named Pac-10 North All-Conference in 1997 and 1998, finishing his collegiate career with a 30-12 record. Checketts graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Business Administration, Finance. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft.

Checketts graduated from West Linn High School in 1994, and that season was named the Oregon High School State Player of the Year.

He and his wife Michelle have three children: Amelia (born 2009), William (born 2011), and Ellie (born 2014).

Associate Head Coach
Donegal Fergus

Former University of Washington assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Donegal Fergus has agreed to terms to become the associate head coach at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Andrew Checketts announced on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Fergus, a former assistant at Seattle University and head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., joins the UCSB staff after spending the past five seasons at the University of Washington.

"I am excited that Donegal and his family will be joining us," Checketts said. "Donegal has a reputation as a relationship builder and is a proven winner with a pedigree of success. He will bring energy and experience with him and I look forward to working together to get the Gauchos back to the postseason and beyond".

Upon Fergus' arrival to Washington following the 2013 season, the Huskies enjoyed one of their most successful stretches in program history. In 2014, Fergus' first season as hitting coach, Washington snapped a 10-year postseason drought after going 41-17 and advancing to the NCAA Regionals. The Huskies also achieved their highest ranking in team history, reaching the No. 5 spot in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Poll.

Washington proceeded to advance to three NCAA tournaments in five seasons with Fergus on staff, including an appearance in the College World Series in 2018 after the Huskies won their first ever Super Regional.

"My family and I could not be more excited to join the Gaucho family," Fergus said. "Coach Checketts and his family could not be more welcoming to my clan. I'm fired up by the opportunity to be at a place that combines incredible educational opportunities with progressive player development. Coach Checketts has shown that he can recruit and grow players as well as anyone in the country and I am honored to be a part of that and I can't wait to get started!"

Fergus' recruiting talents have shined through during his tenure as Washington committed the fewest errors in program history in 2017, recording the third-best fielding percentage (.982) in the nation. Furthermore, the Huskies have had more All-Pac-12 position players honored over the past five seasons than any other five-year stretch in program history.

In 2016, Fergus assembled the top recruiting class in Washington history after being ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 9 by Perfect Game. His 2015 recruiting class came in at No. 15 by Baseball America. His eye for talent also translates at the next level as Washington has had 26 players selected in the Major League Baseball draft since Fergus' arrival, including a school record eight selections in 2014.

As a head coach at Lower Columbia College in 2013, Fergus led the Red Devils to a 34-14 record and a trip to the West Region playoffs. He also served as an assistant at Lower Columbia where he helped guide the team to four division titles, a NWAACC championship and a 2005 recruiting class that had seven players selected in the MLB draft.

Fergus also spent time as an assistant at Seattle University and was a head coach at Tacoma CC for five years.

A native of Powers, Ore., Fergus played baseball at Linfield College where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and later earned a master's degree in homeland security from American Military University. Fergus is married to his wife, Kim, and they have three children, Seamus, Finnegan and Maclean.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Matt Fonteno

Former Saint Mary's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Fonteno will join the UC Santa Barbara coaching staff, announced by head coach Andrew Checketts on July 10, 2018.

Fonteno, who spent the past five seasons with the Gaels, will serve in a similar capacity for the Gauchos as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator while also coaching third base. He will assist recently hired associate head coach Donegal Fergus with the hitters and offense, and will coach the outfielders.

"I am excited to have Matt and his family join the Gauchos," said Checketts. "Over the past five seasons, Matt has helped Coach Valenzuela elevate St. Mary's program to new heights. His experience, having run St. Mary's offense, will be valuable as he and Coach Fergus collaborate to develop our position players. Coach Fonteno is known for his diligent recruiting work, leaving no stone unturned in his search for players, and he has a reputation in coaching circles for his work ethic and professionalism. Matt is a great addition for Gaucho baseball."

Fonteno joined St. Mary's prior to the 2014 season and in just two years, helped turn the Gaels into perennial contenders on the West Coast. After a 16-39 record in 2014, St. Mary's improved to 28-27 in 2015, it's first winning season in six years. The 2016 season was a historical one for SMC as the Gaels went 33-25 en route to its first ever West Coast Conference regular season title, first ever WCC Tournament championship and first ever trip to an NCAA Regional. St. Mary's continued its success with a 37-20 showing in 2017 and its third straight 30-win (31-23) season in 2018.

With Fonteno on staff, the Gaels matched a program record twice, with four players selected in both the 2016 and 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2016, it was also the first time four Gaels were taken in the top 20 rounds, with three being selected in the top 10. Overall, since Fonteno joined St. Mary's, 13 Gaels have been taken in the draft, including 10 since 2016 when Fonteno took over as recruiting coordinator.

"I'm very excited to join Coach Checketts and the rest of the staff at UCSB," Fonteno said. "I've always had a lot of respect for the program and I'm really looking forward to coaching and recruiting at such a tradition rich program and amazing academic school."

Prior to St. Mary's, Fonteno spent one season as an assistant coach at Nevada and four seasons as an assistant at Chico State. While at Chico State, Fonteno was a part of the 2012 Wildcats team that won the NCAA Division II West Region and advanced to the World Series. While serving as the recruiting coordinator at Chico State, he brought in 17 all-conference selections, one conference Freshman of the Year, eight All-West region selections, one All-American and two MLB Draft selections.

Before arriving at Chico, Fonteno spent three seasons as an assistant at UNLV where he worked with outfielders, hitters and base runners and had seven players taken in the MLB draft.

He has also served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran, one of the top Division III programs on the West Coast, while coaching summer ball with the Battle Creek Bombers (Mich.), Petersburg Generals (Va.) and the Highland Park Blue Sox (Texas).

Fonteno graduated from York College in Nebraska, where he was an all-conference centerfielder and led the Panthers to their first ever national ranking. He also played collegiately at College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif.

Matt and his wife Lindsey have two children, Eva and Ty, and are expecting their third child in October.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones, a former pitcher and first baseman at Oregon State, joined the UCSB Baseball staff as Director of Baseball Operations in August 2017. He was promoted to Volunteer Assistant Coach in September of 2018.

As a student-athlete, Jones turned in two productive seasons for Oregon State. A two-way player, he accrued a 1-0 record, 2.01 ERA, and 1.69 batting average against as a pitcher while as a batter he finished with a .284 career average, including a .329 average as a junior. The Beavers made the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons in Corvallis.

Since his senior season at OSU in 2011, Jones has put together quite a prolific resume as a player and coach. He spent the season after his departure from Oregon State playing professionally in Australia for the Perth Heat. Serving as a reliever out of the bullpen, Jones was able to help Perth to the 2012 Australian Baseball League Championship.

Jones returned to Oregon State for the 2013 season as an undergraduate assistant coach. While finishing his degree, he worked alongside head coach Pat Casey to steer the Beavers to the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Portland, Ore. native went on to make coaching stops with the Kelowna Falcons, Bend Elks (both West Coast League), and Linn-Benton Community College.

In each of those stops, he served as his team's pitching coach, organizing the staff and developing conditioning programs for his players. At Linn-Benton, he assisted in recruiting efforts for prospective student-athletes. Under his tutelage, Kelowna was able to make its first-ever WCL Championship Series in 2015.

His first post-OSU coaching job came with the Medford Rogues of the Great West League, where he served as assistant coach. With Medford, he worked with the team's position players and coached first base.

Director of Baseball Operations
Emily Holland

Emily Holland joined the UCSB baseball staff as the Director of Baseball Operations in September of 2018.

“We’re very excited to have Emily as a part of our staff here at UCSB,” said Checketts. “Not only does she bring valuable experience from her time at Washington, but her positive attitude, work ethic and passion for the game will be a welcome addition to our program.”

Holland got her start in baseball as a Corporate Partnership Services and Marketing Intern with the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, while simultaneously serving as a Recruiting Intern with the Huskies in the fall of 2017. She quickly ascended to the Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing by January, where she played an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the staff.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach Checketts has given me to be a part of Gaucho Baseball,” said Holland. “I’m excited to learn from the country’s most respected coaches and I can’t wait to see how far we can go with the elite talent we have on the field.”

Holland recently completed her master’s degree of education in intercollegiate athletic leadership in June and received her bachelor of arts in sociology from Loyola Marymount, where she spent three seasons as a student-athlete on the women’s rowing team.

Assistant Director of Baseball Operations
Kevin Cannon

Kevin Cannon is in his fourth season at UCSB Baseball's assistant director of baseball operations.

Cannon began his time with the UCSB baseball program in 2011 as a student manager before joining the coaching staff in 2014 as the assistant director of baseball operations/video coordinator.

His primary responsibilities include monitoring game footage and data from Right View Pro and coordinating field operations, upgrades, dirt & grass upkeep, general upkeep, and maintenance during practice and games.

As a player, Cannon began his career at Oregon before playing two years of junior college ball at Diablo Valley College.

Besides his duties with the coaching staff, Cannon has also served as a public address announcer and color commentator for UCSB broadcasts. He was UCSB's primary baseball public address announcer from 2011-14 and will return to the radio in 2018 for his fourth season on the Gauchos' baseball broadcasts.

Cannon graduated from UCSB in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in history.