Rigo joined FCA in September 2006 and currently serves as the South Bay Director. He is also the Spanish Team Chaplain to the San Francisco Giants. Prior to coming on staff, Rigo was an assistant baseball coach at the University of San Francisco. He was part of the school’s first ever NCAA Regional team in 2006. He also played baseball at USF where he was an all-conference catcher, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating college, he played pro ball overseas for a year. Rigo comes from an extensive baseball background. His father played pro baseball in Mexico and Rigo and his three brothers all played college baseball. His youngest brother Esteban played professionally and coached in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system. Rigo’s passion for ministry comes from the seeds of faith planted in him as a young kid. His dad played a key role in his life in telling Rigo about Jesus. His dad was instrumental in planting churches, overseeing mission trips and supporting orphanages in Mexico. Rigo and his beautiful wife Vicky were married in October 2010. Their daughter Daisy was born in November 2012 and twin sons R.C. and Gio in May 2016.
Favorite Sports Moments:
· Childhood: Watching Kirk Gibson’s homerun off the great closer Dennis Eckersley and limp around the bases to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
· High School: My junior year our team (Globe High School Tigers) won the Arizona 3A Baseball State Championship on a walk off Grand Slam. Amazing come from behind victory in the bottom of the 7th to win 9-8!
· College: Being an assistant coach on the University of San Francisco Dons first ever NCAA postseason in 2006. Our team knocked out Regional host and #8 National Seed University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.
· Now: Seeing athletes at any level compete to honor and glorify God.
Favorite Bible Verse:
I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Posted on Tue, September 18, 2012
by Rigo Lopez