Gabe Ribas

Assistant Baseball Coach

1)       All Your Favorites:

  1. Food: Home cooking– Southern style Barbeque .
  2. Movie: Bull Durham
  3. Movie Character:  Kaiser Soze– The Usual Suspects
  4. Book (Author):  Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad
  5. Book Character (what book?): Holden Caulfield– Catcher in the Rye  or Huckleberry Finn– The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  6. Show: The Wire and Sons of Anarchy
  7. Type of Music: Rock and Roll
  8. Musical Artist or Band: The Avett Brothers
  9. Album:  Now- Up from Bellow  (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)  All time– Johnny Cash  Live from Folsom Prison
  10. Song (Artist): Impossible question– but if put on the spot– Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers  or Pretty Girl From Annapolis ( The Avett Brothers) or Home — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  11. Artist: Pablo Picasso
  12. Painting:  La Guitarista Viejo (Picasso) or Van Gogh’s Bedroom
  13. City (foreign or domestic): Austin, TX  and Quebec City, QC -Canada
  14. State: MAINE
  15. Country: USA
  16. Place (anywhere):  On the mound at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City. Fenway Park.  On top of Camelback Mountainin Phoenix.
  17. Sport: Baseball
  18. Activity:  Working out with friends
  19. Hobby:  Going to see live music/ find new music
  20. Board Game:  Apples to Apples
  21. Monopoly Piece:  The Shoe
  22. Quote: “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.” — T.E. Lawerence

2)       Why did you choose Santa Clara?
For the chance to work with creative and innovative people who care deeply about the development of young men.  I love the area as much if not more than anywhere I have ever lived.   I had a chance to advance professionally.  I have always been an admirer of the WCC.

3)       What draws you to baseball?  What makes it appealing to you?  What is special about the college game?
This maybe the hardest question ever asked.  What draws me to baseball is the immense history of the game.  I love feeling like I am part of something so much bigger than me as an individual.  There is no other sport that has so much magic tied into it– read WP Kinsella or see any baseball movie– and you will be convinced that there is some kind of bigger spirit that presides over the game.  It is the place where I was always allowed to be myself at my most basic.  I was allowed to compete and not apologize for it.  I love that when you succeed in your role you couldn’t have done it without the help of someone else.  I love the unique nature of baseball relationships and how they can form the very fabric of your being– putting the work in every day, running poles, throwing bullpens, watching video and sharing that with other guys, defines who you are in your life. It is about grinding and getting dirty and glorifying the baseball spirit with the way you play– hard, focused, intense– every day.  It is a game that demands attention to detail physically and mentally, and it is known that you will fail over and over again, but at the end of the day the great players are defined by how they respond to failures, rather than simply their success.  I love the one on one battle within the team concept.  I love the romance of the sport.  I love that there is a connection between players and fans.      I love the college game because we get to create something extremely special — a sense of greater belonging, a sense of pride in a program and institution rather than simply winning games.  I am drawn to the college game because of the mistakes that are made and the responses to them.  It is a relatively short season and you have to evolve every day to be good.  I love the speed and execution of the college game.  I love being part of something that isn’t just about dollars and cents, but about bigger ideals and concepts.

4)       How has the fall season gone for the team and you personally?
I would say average at best.  I am learning a lot about myself as a coach, and how I best utilize all the pieces we have,  to make us a great group.  I am learning a ton about putting ego aside to just get to the best result.  I constantly find myself examining my own processes to find the best solutions.  When you are evolving you tend to make mistakes, but those mistakes can lead you to an amazing finished product.

5)       Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with?  To compete against?  Why?
The entire coaching staff because I know the competition in all aspects of the program makes us all better coaches.

6)       Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against?  In what?

  • Michael Jordan– Leadership/Basketball
  • Barry Bonds – baseball, would loved to have faced him
  • Lance Armstrong– Toughness– say what you will, the guy was crazy tough
  • Earnest Hemmingway– anything– the ultimate man
  • Jaed Coffin– my best friend– all sports– no one ever wanted to give an inch

7)       5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?

  • My mother
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Mother Teresa
  • Picasso
  • Hemmingway

8)       What would you do with a billion dollars?
Provide for my entire family (homes, and cars).  Give a lot to Northwestern, Brunswick High School, Santa Clara, Bowdoin College.

9)       #1 on your Bucket List?
Climb a big mountain  — Kilamenjaro is tops on my list.

10)   What’s your ideal 1st date?  Who?  What?  Where?
Who– Kristin Ethridge — make fun all you want, but the girl makes me happy.
What– Hike, Dinner, concert (The Avett Brothers)
Where– Probably at home in Maine


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