Arizona Wildcats baseball coach Andy Lopez underwent triple bypass heart surgery Monday at a local hospital and is being held in intensive care following the operation, the school said in a release.
“We are thrilled to hear that Andy’s surgery went well,” UA athletic director Greg Byrne said. “He is receiving great care from the medical team, and we wish him a complete and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to him and his family as he begins the recovery process.”
Lopez’s family is asking for no visitors at the hospital while Lopez recovers. The family said in the release that it appreciates the outpouring of support in recent days.
The coach, in his 13th year with Arizona, checked into a hospital on Friday. Doctors examined him and scheduled surgery Monday.
Lopez, who will turn 60 next month, has amassed a career record of 437-267-1 during his time at Arizona. He’s led the UA to eight postseason appearances, two College World Series berths and the 2012 national championship.
Overall, Lopez has served 31 years as collegiate head coach, spending time at the UA, Florida, Pepperdine and Cal-State Dominguez Hills. His career record is 1,124-685-7.
The Wildcats opened fall practice without their coach Monday afternoon. The team will practice for the next six weeks. For the time being, pitching coach Shaun Cole and assistant coach Matt Siegel will direct the team.