Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Arizona Baseball Announces New Assistant Coach

Arizona’s head baseball coach, Andy Lopez, has announced that Jeff Pickler will be the new assistant coach next season. This announcement was made yesterday in press conference to name Jeff Casper’s replacement on the coaching staff.

We are losing Casper who was a four year player here at Arizona from 1998-2001. He stayed with us for three more seasons as a “volunteer assistant coach” before heading to Yavapai Junior College, and then back to the U of A for two year as a “Paid assistant coach”.

In return we are gaining Jeff Pickler. Pickler played ball at the University of Tennessee until 1998 when we was drafter by the Milwaukee Brewers. After eight years in the minors and numerous teams he ended up as an advanced scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Casper said that he is off to purse other career opportunities, and we are definitely sad to see him go. He has done a lot for our team, but we are also excited to welcome Pickler into the Wildcat family.