Entering his sixth season as the head coach at
A veteran of 24 years as a collegiate head coach, Lopez begins his sixth year at UA with a lifetime 855-541-7 (.612) overall record at four schools. He is one of only 10 active coaches with a national championship to his credit, and also is just one of three skippers in all of NCAA Division I history to lead three different schools to the College World Series.
In just five seasons at
Overall, Lopez’s teams have appeared in the NCAA postseason 12 times, four of which went on to
His recruiting classes have consistently been among the top in the nation, highlighted by his second-ranked class by Collegiate Baseball in 1999. His first class at
Player development is an important part of the program under Lopez and his staff. A total of 87 players coached by Lopez have signed professional contracts, including seven that were drafted in the first 12 rounds in 2005 and 11 total players in the 2002 MLB Draft alone. In five years at UA, he has had two players selected in the first round and a total of 21 players picked by Major League teams, including 11 that had never been drafted before.
A total of 29 Lopez coached players have garnered All-America honors, 57 have been named all-conference and in 1998 he helped guide current Washington National Brad Wilkerson to national player of the year honors and the Golden Spikes Award.
He personally has been recognized nationally as the coach of the year twice and has won coach of the year honors eight times in three different conferences.
Lopez came to the Old Pueblo from the
While in Gainesville, he led the Gators to a 278-159-1 (.636) overall record, two Southeastern Conference championships, five NCAA tournament berths and two College World Series appearances during his seven-year tenure.
He averaged 40 wins a season during his stay in the Swamp, while doubling, from two to four, the UF program’s number of trips to the College World Series. The 1996 team, which won a school record 50 games, fell just two wins shy of the national championship title game. The 1996 exploits garnered Lopez Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year honors, the second such recognition of his coaching career. While at
He began his collegiate coaching career at Cal State-Dominguez Hills in 1983. He turned the program at CSUDH first into a California Collegiate Athletics Association championship team and then into a Division II national championship contender. His teams won league titles in 1986 and ?'87, and the latter went on to the Division II College World Series. Three different times he was named the conference coach of the year at Dominguez Hills and his 168-152-2 (.525) record in six seasons caught the eye of
Pepperdine hired Lopez to lead the baseball team in 1989 and he began to make waves in
The 1992 season culminated in Pepperdine’s first and only national championship in school history. Thought by many to be too small of a school to compete nationally in baseball, Lopez and his team shocked the collegiate baseball world by going 48-11-1, including 8-1 in the postseason. The 3-2 title game victory over Cal-State Fullerton in
Lopez got into collegiate baseball as a player at
Upon completion of his studies at UCLA, he got his first coaching job at his junior college alma mater,
Lopez is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has twice served as the manager for Athletes in Action. His AIA teams competed internationally in 1982 and ?'83.
He and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of two daughters, Kristi (20) and Kerri (18), and two sons, Michael (17) and David (15). Both of his daughters are currently students at