TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball head coach Andy Lopez announced Friday the addition of two assistant coaches to the program. Brock Ungricht, formerly on staff at Stanford University, has accepted an offer to be an assistant coach, and former Wildcat and Major League veteran Shelley Duncan will return to the program as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Ungricht recently completed his fourth season as the volunteer assistant coach at Stanford, where he helped the Cardinal advance to the NCAA Super Regionals in three of the past four years. At Stanford, Ungricht worked with catchers and hitters, responsibilities he will also assume at Arizona.
Prior to his work on Mark Marquess’ staff at Stanford, Ungricht served in the same capacity in 2010 at his alma mater, San Diego State University. His coaching career began in 2009 as head coach at San Diego's Kearny High School.
As a collegiate player, Ungricht played three seasons for the Aztecs. He batted .373 in a freshman All-American campaign which included 48 RBI over 63 games for former head coach Tony Gwynn. The corner infielder and catcher finished his Aztec career with a batting average of .318, 44 doubles and 117 RBI, leaving among the all-time leaders in hits, RBI and total bases.
Ungricht fills a coaching vacancy left by departed assistant coach Shaun Cole, who earlier this month accepted a position with USA Baseball as the director of the 18U National Team program. A five-year assistant with the Wildcats, Cole was named the 2012 National Pitching Coach of the Year.
“I am really excited to welcome Brock to our staff,” Lopez said. “He fits everything I was looking for in the position. His high school and college coaching experience give him strong ties in this part of the country, especially within the Pac-12 Conference.”
Lopez also announced the addition of Duncan, the school’s all-time home run leader, as an undergraduate assistant coach. Duncan, a graduate of Tucson’s Canyon del Oro High School, recently retired from a professional career that included Major League service over seven seasons with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
Duncan played three seasons for the Wildcats from 1999-2001 under former head coach Jerry Stitt. The Tucson native, who has maintained close ties to the program through the Lopez era, finished his career with a .322 batting average, 55 home runs and 186 runs batted in over 144 games played.
Beginning this fall, Duncan will work with Arizona’s outfielders and hitters, while he begins coursework to complete his college degree.
“Shelley is a great addition to our staff,” Lopez said. “He brings tremendous experience as an accomplished Major Leaguer, and he has remained very close to our program since finishing his own outstanding college career.”
The addition of Ungricht and Duncan complete the 2014-15 coaching staff. Assistant coach Matt Siegel, a former player under Lopez at the University of Florida who leads recruiting efforts and works with hitters and infielders, enters his fourth year with the program.
Volunteer assistant Michael Lopez returns for his second season in the role after also serving as an undergraduate assistant in 2013. The son of Andy and a member of the 2012 national championship team, Michael will assist his father in working with the pitching staff.
A three-time national coach of the year, Lopez has a 459-300-1 record in 13 seasons with the Wildcats. He boasts a career record of 1,146-718-7 (.614) over 32 years as a college head coach.