July 3, 2003
Tim Leary, who is UCLA's highest draft pick ever after being selected second overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft and tutored the Bruin pitchers from 1997-2000, has rejoined the Bruin coaching staff, head coach Gary Adams announced today.
"It is great to have Tim back with us again," Adams said. "He did a great job in the four years he was here. His 1997 pitching staff led us to the College World Series. He has the experience and knowledge of pitching in the major leagues for over ten years."
"I am very excited to be back at UCLA," Leary said. "I missed being out of coaching the last three years and I am looking forward to working with the 2004 Bruins."
Leary pitched professionally for 15 years, with ten years in the Major Leagues. In 1988, he helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series Championship. Named the National League Comeback Player of the Year, Leary posted a 17-11 record with 180 strikeouts.
A three-year letterman at UCLA, Leary recorded 258 career strikeouts, the seventh highest total in Bruin history. He finished his career with a 21-15 record and 16 complete games which is still a UCLA record.