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Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez, who led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA title, is scheduled to undergo triple bypass surgery Monday.
School officials said Friday that Lopez is hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. They said he will return to coaching after he’s cleared by doctors.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family,” athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement released by the school. “Thankfully, the medical team caught it when they did and we expect Andy to make a full recovery. This is a great reminder for all us to be mindful of our health.”
The 59-year-old Lopez has a 437-267-1 record in 12 seasons at Arizona. He has guided the Wildcats to eight postseason berths, including two College World Series appearances.
Lopez has a 1,124-685-7 record in 31 years as a collegiate head coach at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine, Florida and Arizona.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) October 6, 2013
Not much detail, but quick story on baseball coach Andy Lopez set for triple bypass. Great coach; great guy. http://t.co/52T9QO1Ui8
— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) October 5, 2013
Here are more reactions to news of Lopez’s triple bypass surgery:
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) October 5, 2013
Andy Lopez, who won the CWS two years ago skippering the #ArizonaWildcats, will have triple-bypass surgery Monday. Thinking of him.
— patrick finley (@patrickfinley) October 5, 2013
If anyone has the inner strength, outlook and combative focus for bypass surgery, it's Coach Andy Lopez. He's in good hands.
— Tom Duddleston (@TomDudd) October 5, 2013
— KVOA News 4 Tucson (@KVOA) October 5, 2013
Wishing the best and hoping for a speedy recovery to @ArizonaBaseball Coach Andy Lopez, undergoing triple bypass Monday.
— Roxy Bernstein (@roxybernstein) October 5, 2013
Andy Lopez is probably only 5-feet-8, but always seemed indestructible. Undergoing triple heart bypass Monday. I like his odds. Fighter.
— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) October 5, 2013
Andy Lopez will have triple-bypass surgery Monday. Helluva baseball coach, better human being. Hoping for the best. #ArizonaWildcats
— Ryan Finley (@ryan_finley) October 5, 2013