Eddie Cornejo is in his sixth season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the UCSB baseball program and will continue to work primarily with the infielders and hitters. One of the top recruiters on the west coast, Cornejo was named the top recruiter in the Big West by D1Baseball.com. No other Big West school has more MLB draftees, 35, since Cornejo joined the UCSB coaching staff.
Hired as part of Head Coach Andrew Checketts' inaugural staff in the summer of 2011, Cornejo has helped the Gauchos achieve an overall record of 204-139-3 in six seasons.
Thanks in part to Cornejo's work on the recruiting trail and on the practice field, UCSB has had two of its most historic seasons during his tenure.
Most notably, Cornejo helped UCSB reach the College World Series for the first time ever in 2016, as the Gauchos won the Nashville Regional at Vanderbilt before sweeping Louisville in the Super Regionals to reach Omaha. UCSB also won a program-record 43 games again Division I opponents.
The year prior, the Gauchos finished 40-17-1 and were selected to host an NCAA regional as a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history.
While the Gauchos led the Big West Conference in fielding percentage (.976) and batting average (.289) during the regular season, one of the most prolific accomplishments was the 10 Major League Baseball draft selections, the second most in the nation behind Oklahoma's 11.
A former professional baseball player himself, Cornejo takes tremendous pride in helping position players advance to the next level. He has helped 19 position players obtain the opportunity to play professional baseball while at UCSB and a total of 24 have turned pro since he became a college coach eight years ago. Cornejo also was an assistant coach at UC Riverside in 2010-2011 and was an interim head coach at Riverside City College in 2009-2010.
On the recruiting trail, Cornejo's tenacity has been evident each year he has been at UCSB. Since his arrival, every recruiting class has been nationally recognized. His efforts are highlighted by the two highest ranked classes in program history: the 2016 class (No. 9) and the 2012 class that was ranked No. 12 by Baseball America, which included the likes of Dillon Tate, who went on to be a first round draft pick in 2015 and Justin Jacome, a fifth round draft pick in 2015. Other recruiting classes with Cornejo at the helm had national rankings of No. 39 in 2013 and No. 32 in 2014. These classes have produced two Golden Spikes Award (top college baseball player) nominees, three All-Americans, four Freshman All-Americans and 20 All-Conference selections while at UCSB.
As a player, Cornejo spent six professional seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies organizations as an infielder after being a 13th round draft pick in 2003. He was part of two minor league championship seasons with class A Modesto in 2004 and AAA Sacramento in 2007. A standout All-Region and All-Big 12 selection at the University of Oklahoma, Cornejo led his team in batting average (.393) and RBIs (49) in 2003. Prior to OU, he was an All-American shortstop at Riverside City College under Head Coach Dennis Rogers and helped win two straight State Championships in 2000 & 2001.
Cornejo has a master's degree in education from Cal State San Bernardino and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife Melissa had their first child, Dante, in December 2015.