As finals came to a close Friday and UC Irvine baseball players are bound for their summer destinations, Anteaters Coach Mike Gillespie is pleased to report the return to the program of Pat Shine, the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Shine missed the final 23 games of the 2012 season and had been absent from the program since late April, before returning to work on Monday.
The reason for Shine's absence, referred to by school officials only as a personnel matter, remains unknown. It is also unclear whether he was suspended or placed on leave.
Gillespie said Shine's unscheduled departure, during which director of operations Eric Deragisch assumed the duties of an assistant coach, had little impact on the players' ability to perform during the 31-25 campaign in which UCI finished fourth in the Big West Conference and failed to make the NCAA postseason for the first time in seven years.