December 5, 2008

UCSB's Tom Myers Named Head Coach in Cape League

Dec. 5, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara pitching coach Tom Myers will be the head coach of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League's Brewster Whitecaps this summer, it was announced Friday, following his ninth season as with the Gauchos.

"I'm extremely pleased to be named the 2009 manager of the Brewster Whitecaps," Myers said. "This is a great opportunity to work with the top players in college baseball in the most prestigious summer collegiate league in the country. This is also a chance to expand my network of contacts, sharpen my coaching skills in a environment equivalent to the Major Leagues of summer league baseball."

Myers coached the Kenai Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League over the summer of 2008. He led the Oilers to a 33-19 record behind the pitching of ABL Co-Pitcher of the year Joe Gardner, a junior transfer who will make his UCSB debut this spring.

The UCSB pitching staff finished 2008 with a 4.70 ERA - fifth in the Big West - on the way to a third place finish in the conference. Three Gaucho pitchers were offered Major League contracts and sophomore Mike Ford earned Second Team All-Big West honors. In addition to the strong freshman class for the 2009 season, the Gauchos recently signed five top recruits, including two pitchers, to national letters of intent.

The Whitecaps are based in Brewster, Mass. and have been a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 1988. The elite league routinely attracts some of the nation's premier talent and numerous players have gone on to All-Star Major League Baseball careers.