Santa Barbara Athletics News
Jul 09, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Former Saint Mary’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Fonteno will join the UC Santa Barbara coaching staff, announced by head coach Andrew Checketts on Monday afternoon.
Fonteno, who spent the past five seasons with the Gaels, will serve in a similar capacity for the Gauchos as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator while also coaching third base. He will assist recently hired associate head coach Donegal Fergus with the hitters and offense, and will coach the outfielders.
“I am excited to have Matt and his family join the Gauchos,” said Checketts. “Over the past five seasons, Matt has helped Coach Valenzuela elevate St. Mary’s program to new heights. His experience, having run St. Mary’s offense, will be valuable as he and Coach Fergus collaborate to develop our position players. Coach Fonteno is known for his diligent recruiting work, leaving no stone unturned in his search for players, and he has a reputation in coaching circles for his work ethic and professionalism. Matt is a great addition for Gaucho baseball.”
Fonteno joined St. Mary’s prior to the 2014 season and in just two years, helped turn the Gaels into perennial contenders on the West Coast. After a 16-39 record in 2014, St. Mary’s improved to 28-27 in 2015, it’s first winning season in six years. The 2016 season was a historical one for SMC as the Gaels went 33-25 en route to its first ever West Coast Conference regular season title, first ever WCC Tournament championship and first ever trip to an NCAA Regional. St. Mary’s continued its success with a 37-20 showing in 2017 and its third straight 30-win (31-23) season in 2018.
With Fonteno on staff, the Gaels matched a program record twice, with four players selected in both the 2016 and 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2016, it was also the first time four Gaels were taken in the top 20 rounds, …