Saturday, 08 August 2015 13:51

UCLA Baseball Hires Niko Gallego as Volunteer Assistant Coach

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Baseball program has hired Niko Gallego as a Volunteer Assistant Coach, it was announced today by Head Coach John Savage. Gallego spent last season as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Bruins.

“We are very excited to have Niko as a part of our staff once again,” said UCLA Head Coach John Savage. “He did a great job last year as our Undergraduate Assistant Coach and he has a bright future in our program. With years of experience as a college and professional shortstop, he will work closely with Coach Bryant Ward to tutor our infielders.”

Jackie Robinson StadiumAssisting with the defensive effort last season, Gallego helped UCLA secure a .977 fielding percentage, good for second in the Pac-12 and 18th in the nation. The Bruins turned 42 double plays and infielders Chris Keck (5) and Trent Chatterton (8) each had single-digit errors, posting fielding percentage marks of .972 and .968 respectively.

The Yorba Linda, Calif. native played three seasons at UCLA (2008-10), leading the Bruins to the NCAA Regionals in 2008 and the team's third-ever trip to the College World Series in 2010. In 141 games (133 starts) for the Bruins, Gallego hit .274 with 64 RBI and 81 runs. As a junior, Gallego led the team and ranked second in the Pac-10 with 27 stolen bases (on 29 attempts). His stolen base total was more than any Bruin since former major leaguer Eric Byrnes had 30 steals as a senior in 1998. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree, Gallego was selected in the 27th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks following his junior season in Westwood.

After his collegiate career, Gallego played in 255 career minor league games, racking up 173 hits, 92 runs and 65 RBI between the single-A and double-A levels. In his rookie season with the Visalia Rawhide, Gallego hit .238 with 18 runs and 14 RBI in 39 games at shortstop.

Gallego, 26, graduated from Esperanza High School (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and currently resides in Hollywood, Calif.

 

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