Fred Warrecker Obituary, Death– Fred Warrecker, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 84, is being remembered affectionately as an outstanding coach and educator. His passing occurred earlier this week. Bill Oliphant, who coached baseball and football at Santa Barbara High School with Warrecker for many years, remarked that Warrecker had a “huge impact” on the school. “One of the brightest people I’ve ever talked to, highly educated, and a voracious reader,”Warrecker had aspirations of becoming a college English professor, but baseball grabbed hold of him and hasn’t let go from the day he first played.
During the middle of the 1950s, he was a student at UCSB and was selected Most Valuable Player his senior year. In the 1950s, Warrecker was also a founding member of the band known as the Santa Barbara Foresters. His first job as a coach was at Dolores School in Santa Barbara, where he oversaw all three sports (baseball, basketball, and football). After that, he moved on to Bishop Diego, where he was a teacher of English as well as a coach for all three of those sports.
After a few more years, Warrecker accepted a position at Santa Barbara High School, and the rest, as they say, is history. He eventually became the manager of Don’s baseball team, a position he held for 43 years before retiring at the end of the 2015 campaign.1985 was the year that he and Oliphant started Don’s freshmen football team, and those same seniors won a CIF-Southern Section title playing on the varsity level four years later.”He just outcoached people,” Oliphant, who began teaching baseball with Warrecker in 1973, said of his close buddy Warrecker. “He just outcoached people.”Warrecker has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of a number of different organizations, one of which is the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table.
Ryan Spilborghs was one of the five players that went on to have careers in Major League Baseball after playing for him. His six kids and one grandchild were all significant contributors to the Dons Baseball program in their own right. He had an impact on the lives of so many people, including Oliphant.”I loved the man in the same way that I loved a sibling. It was a lot of fun hanging out with him. I will miss him today, I will miss him tomorrow, I will miss him the day after that, and I will miss him until the day I leave this world.” There are currently no memorial plans that have been publicized.