Assistant coach Jeff Casper enters his fifth season on the Arizona coaching staff and his second as a full-time member. His primary responsibilities will be to work with the outfields and hitters, as well as assist with recruiting, coordinate UA's schedule and travel plans and help run the Andy Lopez Baseball Academy summer camps.
A native Tucsonan and two-time graduate of the university, Casper was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher/infielder for the team from 1998-2001.
He returned to Arizona in 2007 after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Ariz. In the spring of 2006 he helped guide the Roughriders to a 58-12 overall record and a second-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Previous to his stint at Yavapai, he was the volunteer assistant coach at UA for Lopez's first three seasons in Tucson (2002-2004), helping to guide the Wildcats to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., in his final year.
Casper, who appeared in 59 games and batted .261 for his career at UA, received his undergraduate degree in business in the spring of 2001 and complete his Master's Degree in business and public administration from the Eller College of Management at UA in the spring of 2004.
As a player, he was honored with the Jim McConnell Award as the most inspirational player as voted by his teammates after his senior season in 2001. He was also named the inaugural recipient of the Kelsey Osburn Award, presented by the local professional scouts to the Arizona player that demonstrates the best hustle and work ethic on the field.
Born and raised in Tucson, Casper graduated from Salpointe High School where he was a four-year letterwinner and the 5A South Athlete of the Year his senior season.
He and his wife, Keri, reside in Tucson.