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Evan Chalmers returns as NHHS baseball coach

He held job from 2006-09 and now replaces Patrick Murphy.

December 20, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(MARK DUSTIN )

Four years ago, Newport Harbor High let go of Evan Chalmers as its head baseball coach. The principal at the time wanted the program to go in a different direction.

The principal is gone and Chalmers is back in charge of the Sailors.

Chalmers returned as Newport Harbor's baseball coach on Friday. He replaced Patrick Murphy, who led the Sailors for four seasons.

"It's nice to be a Sailor again," said Chalmers, who spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at rival Corona del Mar. "When the job came open, I applied right away. I love the program and I want to see it take off.

"I felt like I made some strides here four years ago. Patrick's done a good job of keeping things together and moving the program forward. I'm excited to get another opportunity."

Chalmers met with the team on Friday, the last day before the holiday break. He said he told the Sailors that he's on their side now.

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Many of the same players remember seeing Chalmers in the Sea Kings' dugout during the Battle of the Bay against Newport Harbor. There is one question Chalmers is happy about not having to answer.

"People would ask me, 'So, how is it that you teach at Newport Harbor and coach at Corona del Mar?'" Chalmers said. "I used to say, 'I'm a huge supporter of Corona del Mar baseball, and in every other sport, I root for Newport Harbor.'"

Chalmers can now say he's a Sailor through and through. He has a lot of work ahead of him in turning around the baseball program.

He takes over a program that has gone a combined 7-37-1 in the tough Sunset League the past three seasons. The Sailors finished in last place each time.

Chalmers last held the Sailors' job from 2006-09. During the last three seasons of his first stint with the Sailors, they competed in the Sunset League, compiling a 10-35 record and placing last twice.

Newport Harbor's best finish in league during the three-year stretch was fourth in 2009, the same year the school fired Chalmers. Chalmers said then-principal Michael Vossen never gave him a reason as to why he dismissed him.

The following season in 2010, the Sailors, under Murphy, qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. The postseason appearance marked Newport Harbor's first in 20 years.

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