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).