Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Gabe Ribas is in his fifth season at Santa Clara and third in his current position in 2015-16. This season's pitching staff that featured All-West Coast Conference Second Team selection Reece Karalus (who was named to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List for the second straight season) as well as All-WCC Freshman Team selection Mitchell White.
In June 2013, Ribas was promoted from Santa Clara Baseball Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach after joining the Broncos with head coach Dan O'Brien in 2011. During the 2014 season, his first in the new position, Ribas led a pitching staff that featured an All-WCC First Team closer in Karalus, an All-WCC Honorable Mention starting/relief pitcher in Jacob Steffens, and an NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-Season Watch List selection in Karalus.
Ribas has experience both as a pitcher in the Big Ten Conference and the minor leagues and as an assistant coach the past five years at the collegiate level.
"Gabe is first and foremost an outstanding human being," said Bronco head coach O'Brien. "I truly believe that Gabe is one of the best kept secrets in the coaching community today. He is the right guy to help us build something very special here at Santa Clara."
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Coach O'Brien's new staff," said Ribas on the day his hiring was announced. "I think the baseball program is going in an incredibly upward direction and Bronco baseball is in very good hands at this point."
Prior to his stint at Northern Colorado in 2011, Ribas spent the 2009 season at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where he worked primarily with pitchers and coordinated their recruiting efforts. From 2007-2009 he worked at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., where he was the outfielders' coach and handled most of the recruiting responsibilities. The 2007 season was spent as a full-time staff member at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he worked directly with the pitchers. Ribas began his coaching career at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2006 as the team's pitching coach.
Selected by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft, Ribas earned the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award by going 8-1 with 16 saves in his first professional season as a member of the Class-A Eugene Emeralds. The same season he was named to the Northwest League All-Star team. In 2003 Ribas was named the Padres' Minor League Pitcher of the Year after he had an organization-best 17-8 record and led all Padres minor leaguers with 152 strikeouts.
Ribas was a member of the Northwestern University baseball program as a pitcher from 1999-02 and ranks among the school's leaders in numerous statistical categories. He is second in Wildcat history with 330.1 innings pitched, 288 strikeouts and 51 games started. Ribas posted a career record of 21-22, was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2000, a Big Ten all-tournament team pick in 2002 and three times was named Academic All-Big Ten.
Ribas earned a dual-degree in 2002 from Northwestern in communications and English.
As a high school player, Ribas was named the 1998 Maine State Player of the Year by USA Today.