UCLA Baseball vs. Washington; UCLA 3, Washington 0; March 17, 2013.
Rex Peters enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Bruins in 2013. Peters serves as the Bruins' hitting and outfield coach and plays a central role in the program's recruiting efforts.
In his first season with the Bruins in 2012, Peters coached UCLA's hitters to a 41 point raise in batting average from the previous season and helped the Bruins earn a second straight Pac-12 title and College World Series berth. UCLA batters also recorded the fewest strikeouts and strikeouts per game since 1986 under Peters' direction. In addition, outfielder Beau Amaral was named to the Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Team in 2012 under the guidance of Peters.
Prior to coaching at UCLA, Peters spent nine years as the head coach of UC Davis. He guided UC Davis through multiple transitions as the program's head coach from 2003-2011, helping the Aggies ascend from NCAA Division II status to Division I beginning in 2004. In addition, UC Davis joined the Big West Conference in 2008, earning its first-ever berth as a Division I program in the NCAA Tournament that spring.
In nine seasons at the helm of the UC Davis baseball program, Peters helped produce 21 MLB draft selections. Most notably, third baseman Daniel Descalso was selected in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and made his major league debut with the organization in 2010. In addition, seven UC Davis ballplayers earned ABCA or NCBWA All-Region honors during Peters' nine-year tenure as head coach. UC Davis compiled a 35-24 record in 2008, winning its first of three games at the NCAA Stanford Regional. The Aggies registered three series sweeps that season and three victories against area-rival Stanford. A school-record seven players were selected in the June 2008 MLB Draft.
In his second season as head coach at UC Davis (2004), Peters helped the Aggies post a 37-15-1 record, including a 32-7 mark in the program's final year with the California Collegiate Athletic Association. While no longer eligible for postseason play as part of its transition to Division I status, UC Davis finished atop the conference standings by better than a seven-game margin. Along the way, the Aggies enjoyed school-record streaks of 16 straight victories and 20 consecutive conference wins.
In 2003, Peters guided the Aggies to a 36-24 record and their first NCAA Division II postseason berth since 1995. UC Davis swept through the West Region tournament, highlighted by back-to-back shutout victories, and advanced to the national tournament for only the second time in school history. For his part, Peters was honored as the ABCA/Diamond Sports West Region Coach of the Year.
Peters arrived at UC Davis after spending the previous nine seasons as head coach at Chapman University (Orange, Calif.), where he compiled a 248-131-2 overall record. He led the Panthers to three appearances in the NCAA Division III College World Series, including a third-place finish in 2000. Peters set program records as a head coach for most wins and highest winning percentage, having led the Panthers to the NCAA West Regional five times. He was named West Region Coach of the Year on three occasions. Additionally, Peters coached six All-America selections, two Academic All-Americans, nine Academic All-District players and 29 All-Region honorees.
Between his nine years at UC Davis and nine seasons at Chapman, Peters collected a 482-396-3 (.549) career record as a head coach. He secured his 400th career victory as a head coach on March 15, 2008, in UC Davis' doubleheader sweep of Santa Clara.
Prior to his 18 years as a head coach, Peters served one season as an assistant coach at Champman under head coach Gary Henderson. He spent the previous four years playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after being drafted by the club in the 24th round of the 1989 MLB Draft. In the minors, he advanced as high as double-A San Antonio. In 1989, his first season in professional baseball, he was named the MVP for the Salem Dodgers.
Peters graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1989 with his bachelor's degree in physical education. He was an honorable mention All-America selection for the Titans, helping lead them to a third-place finish at the 1988 College World Series. Peters earned his master's degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 1994.
Peters and his wife, Deborah, have six children and reside in Culver City, Calif., with his son, Jake.