Jeff Pickler enters his first season on the Arizona coaching staff as well as his first season under Andy Lopez. Named to the position on October 6, 2008, Pickler's primary responsibilities will be to work with the outfielders 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.
Pickler, a consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1998 at the University of Tennessee, joins the Arizona program after working in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as an advance scout and consultant to the major league staff since 2006.
"Jeff Pickler is going to be able to step right in and help our team," Lopez said of his newest assistant. "He brings invaluable experience both on and off the field and he has the type of strong character that our program represents."
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Pickler in the 11th Round of the 1998 draft after he led the SEC with a .445 average, which ranked eighth nationally and was the sixth-highest in league history. Pickler batted .299 for his career in eight minor league seasons while playing for affiliates of the Brewers, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies. With the Brewers, he was a member of the 2000 Class AAA World Championship club.
In 2006, Pickler joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in a non-playing capacity as an advance scout. With the Diamondbacks, Pickler helped develop and implement game strategy for the major league club and aided the general manager in player acquisitions contract negotiations and player evaluations.
Pickler has previously worked in the collegiate ranks by serving as an assistant coach at Cypress Community College in California during the fall semesters from 199-2006. He has also served as the director of Next Level Coaching Clinics and founded Next Level Lineup Cards.