UCSB's Bob Brontsema Wins Award at Annual Coaches Cook-Off

Jan. 22, 2010

UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema works on his fettucine dish (above) and shows off his medal for winning "Best Presentation" during Friday's Coaches Cook-Off (photos by Matt Brown).

UC Santa Barbara head baseball coach Bob Brontsema won an award on Friday for the second straight year during the second annual NCAA Baseball Coaches Cook-Off during the SoCal Media Day at ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Brontsema was one of 11 coaches at the event, which represented schools from the Big West, Pac-10, Mountain West and West Coast conferences.

Brontsema, entering his 17th season at the helm of the Gauchos, took home the award for "Best Presentation" for the second straight year. He made a dish of garlic buttered fettuccine with chicken and special herbs and spices. The dish included red peppers, which Brontsema used to spell out "UCSB" along the edge of the dish.

The Gauchos coach used a similar technique last year to also capture the "Best Presentation."

"If you've got the closer, you've got to go with it," Brontsema said.

Coaches teamed with an ESPN Zone chef to prepare an entree in a 20-minute time period and present their creations to a panel of judges. The dishes were graded on presentation, creativity, and most importantly taste. Along with competing for top honors in all three categories the coveted "Top Chef" honor was also awarded for the highest overall score.

Brontsema and his UCSB baseball program are proud to welcome legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda on Friday, Feb. 5 for an exclusive dinner. Space is limited and tickets are going fast, so click here to part of an unforgettable evening.

The following day, Saturday, Feb. 6 is the Gauchos' annual baseball alumni day which will feature numerous former Gauchos now in the major and minor leagues in a home run derby and alumni game. Admission is free. Click here for more details.

Baseball season tickets just went on sale, offering fans the chance to catch 28 exciting home Gaucho games for nearly half off a regular game ticket. Click here to purchase season seats or for more information. Fans can also call (805) 893-UCSB or visit the Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.