Andy Lopez tells how he does it

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Three-time national coach of the year Andy Lopez enters his 12 th season as the head coach at the University of Arizona in 2013, fresh off the heels of a 2012 national championship. He is one of just two NCAA Division I head coaches to win a national title at two different schools, and is one of three to take three different institutions to Omaha.

During his illustrious coaching career that began in 1983 at Cal-State Dominguez Hills, Lopez has tutored 37 All-Americans, 82 All-Conference performers, and 119 MLB draft picks. Eleven of his former players have made it to the big leagues.

Lopez is also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, coaching internationally with Athletes in Action in 1982 and `83. He and his wife Linda are the proud parents of daughters Kristi and Kerri and sons Michael and David.

A lot of people are driven by winning, by championships. You are no stranger to either; how do you and your team stay motivated after the fact?

Recently, we had our ring ceremony and the 2012 team was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame. That next Monday, [the 2013 team] got together and I told the guys, “it’s all over now.”

We had great memories, but like all things in life, it’s a moment. It’s not who you are, it’s not your identity. It’s a great moment that we can relive for the rest of our lives, but it’s not our identity. That’s what I press on our guys as athletes and as men- if you let winning become your identity, you become falsified from an individual standpoint. We have to concentrate on being better players, coaches, and people today and guess what? [Our 2013] team has work to do to claim an identity for this year as well.

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