Ben Orloff, who retired as a player from professional baseball last month, has joined the UC Irvine baseball program as an assistant, announced by Anteater head coach, Mike Gillespie.
"Beyond simply the physical skills and abilities Ben demonstrated as a player, he also exhibited uncommon instincts, awareness, and feel for the game. These traits, combined with a passionate love for the game, a determined work ethic, and an extraordinary ability to teach and train receptive players will define Ben as a great, young coach with a no-limit future. UCI is lucky to have him back home,” said Gillespie.
Orloff played with the Anteaters from 2006-09 and became the program’s first Big West Player of the Year. An accomplished shortstop, Orloff won the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award and was also the first Anteater player to win an American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove award. A three-time All-American, Orloff also was named to two NCAA Tournament teams and helped UCI to four post-season berths.
“I'm excited to be back at UC Irvine,” said Orloff. “I played here, and this place is home for me. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work for and learn from Coach Gillespie.”
Recognized for his defensive talents, Orloff also evolved into a potent offensive threat, ending his collegiate career with a lifetime .320 batting average. Orloff is UCI’s all-time hit leader with 281 and owns the top mark in runs scored with 178. He leads all players with 241 games played and 877 at-bats. With 62 stolen bases, he is second in the UCI career annals and also dots the single-season records in multiple categories. Orloff led the nation two consecutive years in sacrifice hits and holds the NCAA single-season mark of 34 set in 2007 and in a career with 86.
Orloff was drafted in the ninth round by the Houston Astros. He climbed to Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .298 this season with 11 RBI on 39 hits with 20 runs scored.
AT UC IRVINE
2009: Brooks Wallace Award winner...National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America second team...Collegiate Baseball All-America third team...Collegiate Baseball Division I Defensive Player of the Year...Jewish Sports Review All-America first team...Irvine Regional All-Tournament Team...Big West Player of the Year...All-Big West Conference first-team honoree...Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first-team All-American...tabbed a Top 10 Returning Senior by Rivals.com...ninth-round draft pick by Houston...became UCI's all-time leader in games played (241), at bats (877), runs (178) and hits (281)...became just the second Anteater to reach 60-steal plateau (61)...tied for ninth in doubles with 38...made 215 consecutive starts at short...third in the season annals in at bats (254), tied for third in hits (91), tied for fourth in runs scored (62)...was tied for first in the Big West in hits, fourth in runs scored and tied for sixth in steals with 18...team leader and eighth in the conference with a .358 average...also tied for fifth in sacrifice bunts with 10...led the team with 30 multiple-hit games...posted a season-high 11 game hitting streak...ranked 25th in the nation in the "Toughest to Strikeout" category and 46th in hits with 91...career .300 hitter (.320)...career-high four RBI against UC Santa Barbara...personal-best four hits against LMU...led the team with 30 multiple-hit games...also had five multiple-RBI games...posted an 11 game-hitting streak...9th-round draft pick of the Houston Astros.
2008: All-Big West Conference first-team honoree...Lincoln Regional All-Tournament honors...ranked 12th in the country in sacrifice bunts with 16 and 18th in sacrifice bunts per game at .27...seventh in the UCI career record with 181 games played...tied for 13th with 116 runs scored...also tied for 19th with 190 hits...has 44 steals to tie for third...played in 60 games to tie for 10th in the season record books...sixth with 244 at bats...fifth with 16 sacrifice hits...was second on the team with a .344 average and 78 hits...topped the team with 17 doubles...second with 19 stolen bases...155 consecutive start streak...struck out just 19 times in 227 at bats...23 RBI...went 4 for 4 twice against Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara...led the team with a 14-game hitting streak...batted .370 with 34 hits and six doubles in conference games...spent the summer in the Northwoods league with the Brainerd Blue Thunder.
2007: All-Big West second team...led the nation in sacrifice hits per game at .52...first in the Big West with 34 sac bunts on the season...third with 20 stolen bases...tied for first in the UCI records with 65 starts...second on the team with 79 hits...carries a 95-game consecutive start streak...posted 33 RBI and was tied for third with 10 doubles...held a 10-game hitting streak...was third on the team with 25 multiple-hit games...also had six multiple-RBI games...recorded a career-high three RBI against Houston...played with the Brainerd Blue Thunder in the Northwoods League over the summer...totaled 32 hits and 16 RBI...also had 15 runs scored.
2006: Finished first in the nation with 26 sacrifice hits and a .46 per-game average...set a UCI record in sacrifice hits...tied for 34th in the country in the "toughest to strikeout" category...named the team's Best Defensive Player and earned the Hustle-Attitude-Mentality Award...played in 56 games...recorded 33 hits and 20 runs scored...drove in 16...five stolen bases...personal-high three RBI came against Southern California...played for the Rockville Express in the Cal Ripken Senior League...played in 30 games...totaled 11 RBI...had 18 hits, including four doubles and a triple...5 for 5 in stolen bases...five sacrifice hits...struck out just nine times in 101 at bats.
Simi Valley High School: Daily News and Ventura County All-Star in 2005...first team All-Marmonte League as a senior...all-county...hit .463 as a senior...totaled 44 hits, six doubles and 17 RBI...nabbed 27 stolen bases...all-league choice in 2004...led the team to a CIF championship that same year...holds the school record with 111 career games played...also is at the top of the career annals with 311 at bats, 42 stolen bases and 10 sacrifice hits...member of the Seattle Mariners Scout team.
Personal: Four-time high school scholar-athlete...parents are Mike and Karen...has two brothers, Travis and Matt, and a sister, Sarah...majored in criminology, law and society.