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Norberto Lopez serves as an assistant coach in charge of catching, and also assists with the Hurricanes hitters. 2016 was Lopez' first year as a member of the Hurricanes coaching staff, where he quickly made an impact.
In 2016, junior catcher Zack Collins became the first Hurricane in program history to win the Johnny Bench Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate catcher. Collins, who was selected No. 10 overall by the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, became Miami's first first-round selection since 2010 after a stellar final season with the Hurricanes.
Lopez got his start playing baseball at Monsignor Pace High School in Hialeah, Fla., before moving on to Broward College and Nova Southeastern. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 1999, he spent three years in the organization. Lopez advanced to AAA and made an appearance in the Angels’ major league camp.
Most recently, Lopez served on the UTPA Broncs coaching staff from 2009-2015. He was promoted to the position of Broncs associate head coach prior to the 2015 season.
Lopez was an assistant coach for FAU where he helped the Owls compile a .341 batting average with 93 homeruns in 2007, and a .321 batting average with 99 homeruns in 2008.
Prior to his time at FAU, Lopez spent two years at Broward Community College from 2004 through 2006 where he led the team to a third place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. Serving as the hitting and catching coach, Lopez saw his team hit .301, set the home run record at the state tournament and win the Florida Community College Activities Association state title.
Lopez graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999. In 2006, he earned a master’s in exceptional student education from Nova Southeastern.
Lopez and his wife Cheryl have two sons, Niko and Mason.