Bill Pintard

Bill Pintard, Hall of Fame Special Achievement

Bill Pintard, Hall of Fame Special Achievement

Bill Pintard is the manager of the Santa Barbara Foresters, the 2006 and the 2008 National Baseball Congress World Series champions. Bill has led the team since 1995 and has amassed what is perhaps the country’s best record at this level of baseball. He has led the Foresters to more than 600 victories (believed to be among the most nationally among current coaches) and a long string of titles. Among them: the 2006 and 2008 national championship; 15 California Collegiate League championships; and 14 California NBC qualifying tournaments titles.

In 2003, Bill earned the Individual Sportsmanship Award at the NBC World Series; his Foresters ballclubs have won the National Baseball Congress Team Sportsmanship Trophy the past three years. In 2008 he was named National Baseball Congress Manager of the Year. In 2010, the Association of Professional Ball Players of America awarded Bill The Sparky Anderson “Good Guy Award. That same year, California Collegiate League recognized Bill as Manager of the Year for the tenth time.

Bill is also very proud that, with the addition last year of Chris Pettit to the Los Angeles Angels , a total of 30 former Foresters players have made it to the Major Leagues. Another 200 plus former Forester players have played in the minor leagues, and many more have used their Foresters experience to enrich their lives on and off the field.

Though Bill is proud of his baseball accomplishments, he is perhaps most proud of his work with the Foresters’ Hugs for Cubs program. Inspired by his late son Eric’s own battle with cancer, Bill and all the members of the Foresters family work with young cancer survivors to bring the “Foresters spirit” to their lives. All year long, Bill and his team bring kids to ballgames, including an annual trip to Angel Stadium where Mike Scioscia greets them; they also take the kids to surf camps, on fishing trips, visit them in hospitals and do what they can to show these brave youngsters that the Foresters have their backs. A former Forester, Jonathon Brewster, has taken the Hugs for Cubs to UCLA, and is now working with USC and UCI in establishing the Hugs for Cubs program at those universities The word is spreading and now has reached as far as San Francisco State, Eric Pintard’s Alma Mater.

Somehow amid all of that, Bill is also a scout for the Los Angeles Angels and runs a busy commercial real estate business, the William Herbert Company. Bill is a longtime resident of Carpinteria, where he and his wife Kris have raised four children, Ethan, Eric, Brittney and Kelby.