Pac-12 Baseball, Softball Lead Off First Coaches Meetings Hosted at Pac-12 Enterprises HQs in San Francisco

With the fall athletic season just getting underway, the coaches at the helm of the conferences’ baseball and softball programs gathered at the Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco for their annual meetings Wednesday afternoon.

The baseball and softball programs are the first of the conference’s sport programs to have their annual meetings hosted at Pac-12 Studios, giving them the opportunity to check out the conference’s new media headquarters in the heart of San Francisco.

Pac-12 baseball coaches take a tour of the Pac-12 Network studios.

With 80,000 square feet on two floors, the conference’s studio space offers ample meeting space, while also providing the coaching staffs the opportunity to get a first hand glimpse of the operations that will bring additional exposure to their 2013 seasons.

The day began early as both sport programs met with conference officials, including Commissioner Larry Scott to discuss a variety of topics from officiating to scheduling. With the addition of the Pac-12 Networks, the coaches were also introduced to the work of several departments and staff members at the Enterprise offices

The visit to the studios for Cal head softball coach Diane Ninemire also gave her the opportunity to check out the new workspace of former Cal All-American utility, Valerie Arioto who is an intern within the Networks’ marketing and promotions department.

“Val is just an outstanding person,” said Ninemire. “She was a great student-athlete for us here at the University of California and for her to stay in the athletic world with an internship here at Pac-12 Networks goes to show the opportunities the Networks open for Pac-12 students to further their education with valuable experience at an organization they clearly have a passion for.”

For Andy Lopez, head coach of the NCAA Champion Arizona Wildcats baseball team with longtime ties to the conference, the birth of Pac-12 Networks is dream come true.

“This is exactly what I always thought it would be,” said Lopez. “Coming here now and being able to take a tour of the facility to see what Commissioner Scott has done and all that’s going on with the Pac-12 Networks is a little bit of a hidden dream for me. Being an L.A. kid and going to UCLA, playing baseball for the Bruins – I grew up as part of the Pac, so seeing this is a thrill. This is first class. This is exactly what you’d expect a big time athletic network to be.”

With the birth of a television network also comes the responsibilities of providing on-air and online video content, which the baseball and softball coaches also experienced first hand today. Each coach taped on-air promotional spots for marketing and online interviews with the Pac-12 digital team. While their comfort level in front of the cameras may vary, each coach took their turn in stride.

“It’s been fun to watch the football coaches do it,” said Utah head baseball coach Bill Kinneberg. “I had an idea that it may be coming [for us]. I was a little bit scared about it, but it’ll be fun to see. I know my kids will get a kick out of it.”

On Thursday, the contingent of Pac-12’s women’s gymnastics coaches will be on hand for their meeting and first look at Enterprises headquarters, followed by Pac-12 wrestling coaches on Friday.

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