Gary moved to Riverside with his mom, dad, and twin brother, Gene, in 1954 at the age of thirteen. He attended Central Junior High School, Poly High School, and Riverside City College. Among Gary’s many accomplishments as an athlete and coach are:
- 1954 Riverside Pony League All Stars. District Champions.
- 1955-56 Riverside Colt League All Stars; Champs; played in Pony World Series
- 1957 Riverside Poly High Baseball CBL Champions.
- 1958 Riverside City College Baseball team member.
- 1958-62 Senior Captain of UCLA Baseball team, he was the leading hitter and MVP
- Gary earned his Master’s degree from UCLA while he also served as a Graduate assistant baseball coach, 1963 -64 .
- 1964 -1968 Assistant Baseball Coach at UCR.
- 1970-1974 Head Baseball Coach at UCI.
- 1975-2004 Head Baseball Coach at UCLA
- Won 1,172 games (15th most all-time in NCAA history).
- Graduated 85% of his players at UCLA.
- Won 984 games at UCLA, most in history. Qualified for 16 playoff series.
- Qualified for 3 College World Series. Won 2 National Championships.
- Produced 38 All-Americans and 39 Major Leaguers (2nd in NCAA history)
- Inducted into NCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005
Gary lives in Bear Valley, CA. with his wife, Sandy, and daughters Jessica and Audrey. Three adult daughters, Kristy, Kimberly, and Kathy also live in California. Gary says “Riverside will always be my heart’s hometown”.