Eddie Cornejo is in his fourth season at UCSB after being hired as part of Andrew Checketts' inaugural staff.
UCSB's recruiting has been an unmitigated success under Cornejo and the new regime, as the Gauchos have had a nationally ranked recruiting class three times since the new staff took over in the 2011-12 school year.
The Gauchos' 2012 recruiting class – the first full season with Cornejo at the helm – was ranked No. 12 in the country by Baseball America, one of the most respected baseball publications in the country. The ranking was the highest amongst all Big West teams, and it was the first time in program history that the Gauchos cracked the annual list. Cornejo's work was also recognized by Collegiate Baseball, who tabbed the recruiting class as 18th best in the nation, also the highest ranking in program history.
In 2013, UCSB's recruiting class was ranked No. 39, while 2014's crop checked in at No. 32 in the nation.
Cornejo's work with the Gauchos helped the team break an 11-year postseason drought when they reached the NCAA Regionals in 2013. Under his tutelage, former shortstop Brandon Trinkwon was named as the top defensive infielder in the NCAA in 2013 before being drafted in the seventh round of that year's draft.
After a successful playing career that saw him make it to Class AAA, Cornejo came to UCSB after serving one season as an assistant coach at Big West rival UC Riverside. During his time with the Highlanders, Cornejo oversaw the development of three UCR infielders who were drafted that year, including shortstop Trevor Hairgrove (18th round), third baseman Ryan Goetz (26th round) and first baseman Justin Shults (46th round).
Prior to his time at UC Riverside, Cornejo served as the Associate Head Coach and then interim Head Coach at Riverside City College in his two seasons with the Tigers' program. At RCC, he recruited shortstop prospect Nic Cuckovich, who would eventually get drafted in 2011 in the 17th round by the Kansas City Royals.
Cornejo was a standout player who was an All-American at Riverside City College and won two state titles as an infielder at RCC. He transferred to Oklahoma and was an All-Big 12 selection as well as an All-Region pick.
He was drafted by Oakland in the 13th round of the 2003 draft and played in Class AAA for two seasons. Cornejo was part of two championship teams in the A's organization – at Class A Modesto and Class AAA Sacramento. He was also part of Colorado's Class AAA team in 2008.
Cornejo received his B.A. from Oklahoma, then finished the graduate program at Cal State San Bernadino in April 2013, earning his Master's degree in education with an emphasis in kinesiology.
Eddie and his wife Melissa enjoy international travel, bike rides through downtown Santa Barbara, the cinema and theatre, occasional trips to Disneyland, and playing cards together.