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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 8, 2011
Nate Goellrich agreed that he's currently in a unique situation, but he is also heading toward what he called his best opportunity. Goellrich, who is Costa Mesa High's interim baseball coach, has been hired as Estancia's new baseball coach, Estancia Principal Kirk Bauermeister said Friday. For the past four years, Goellrich has been an assistant at Costa Mesa, where last season he was the associate head coach. He is in charge of the Mustangs' summer baseball program, as former coach Jim Kiefer stepped down June 23 to devote time to being the boys' athletic director, pursuing a master's degree and spending time with his family.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 20, 2013
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.
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June 7, 2012
Jason Smith has stepped down as the baseball coach at Costa Mesa High after one season, said Jim Kiefer, the boys' athletic director, on Thursday. Kiefer said Smith resigned last week because Smith plans to relocate his family to Texas. Under Smith, the Mustangs finished in last place in the Orange Coast League with a 2-13 record. Costa Mesa, which went 4-20 overall, missed the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the second straight season. Kiefer said Costa Mesa plans to hire a coach in the summer.
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September 11, 1999
COSTA MESA - Estancia High is seeking a baseball coach after Tim Green resigned following two seasons at the helm. Green, whose son, C.K. was a second-team All-Pacific Coast League infielder last spring, stepped down in July to accept a teaching job at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa. "Estancia is where I always wanted to be, but I wasn't hired as a teacher," said Green, 8-39, 6-24 in league games, after stepping up from the junior varsity when former coach Joe McKettrick resigned one game into the 1998 season.
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October 31, 2001
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Joel Desguin, a 15-year coaching veteran with stops as an assistant at Corona del Mar High, Orange Coast College and several schools in Florida, was named varsity baseball coach Tuesday at Newport Harbor High. Desguin, 37, replaces Jim Kiefer, who resigned earlier this month after six seasons at the Sailors' helm. Desguin teaches physical education at Kaiser and Mariners elementary schools. He said he will work this year as a walk-on, then hope to gain a teaching position at Harbor.
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May 11, 2012
Ralph Grajeda has resigned after four seasons as Vanguard University baseball coach. Grajeda, who said he would pursue another coaching job, was 98-95, 64-76 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Lions finished 2012 at 23-21. In 2010, Grajeda led the Lions to an at-large berth in the NAIA Opening-Round Tournament. The team was ranked in the top 25 for most of the regular season and finished 34-20. The Lions missed the postseason the last two seasons. "Vanguard University afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow as a head collegiate baseball coach in the toughest conference in the NAIA," Grajeda said in a statement.
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December 15, 2011
Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was resting comfortably at Hoag Hospital Thursday night after undergoing open heart surgery earlier to repair a weakened valve, said his brother, Tony Altobelli. John Altobelli, 48, preparing for his 20th season at the helm after a program-record 453 victories and capturing the 2009 state championship, began experiencing shortness of breath last season. After many tests, the weak heart valve was determined to be the root of the problem.
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By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | October 1, 2011
Don't be surprised if the team on-base percentage of Tarbut V'Torah's baseball team makes a significant jump next season. Brent Dohling is the high school baseball coach at TVT, a Jewish Community Day School in Irvine with about 150 students. He also had a small part in the movie "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt, Dohling playing the part of Oakland A's second baseman Mark Ellis. The entire idea of "Moneyball" stemmed from A's general manager Billy Beane's attempts to get more out of a limited payroll and compete with the big-spending teams like the Yankees.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 25, 2011
Costa Mesa High principal Phil D'Agostino announced the school's new baseball coach, Jason Smith, with a bit of excitement and elation Monday. The relief comes from what is expected to be the final head coach hiring heading into the 2011-12 school year. D'Agostino filled openings at boys' and girls' athletic director, boys' soccer and football. The excitement comes from Smith, who enters with what D'Agostino called an impressive background. Smith is a former Orange Coast College assistant coach and player who last coached at La Quinta High in Westminster.
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May 9, 2012
Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli has been named the Orange Empire Conference's Male-Sport Coach of the Year, as voted by conference administrators. "It's quite an honor," said Altobelli, who is in his 20th year. "It's always nice to be recognized by your peers for the work you've been doing - especially when they work just as hard. We've had quite a remarkable season and hopefully, it will continue for another couple of weeks. " The Pirates (33-4-1), ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 1 by a national poll, are hosting one of the Southern California Super Regional playoffs this weekend.
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April 17, 2014
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie will be honored for his 1,000th career win Friday prior to the first pitch against San Diego State. Gillespie, in his 27th season of coaching at the Division I level, logged the milestone victory Feb. 23 against Long Beach State with a 7-2 decision. The American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame skipper is one of 16 Division I coaches to have reached the milestone. He has 1,020 victories going into Thursday's game against San Diego State.
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December 26, 2013
A memorial service for passionate baseball volunteer Jeff Cook, who died in Arizona Dec. 15, will take place at Harbor Trinity Church in Costa Mesa Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. Cook, who had a strong love for baseball, was known for his volunteer work. The former Costa Mesa High baseball assistant coach and player was an umpire for District 62 Little League. He spent a great deal of time learning to officiate and teaching others. The Daily Courier in Prescott, Ariz. reported Cook, 58, died of a heart attack.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 20, 2013
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.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 21, 2013
A week ago, Patrick Murphy posted a photo on Facebook of him standing behind two of his Newport Harbor High standout pitchers, Shaun Vetrovec and Connor Seabold, on national signing day. On Thursday, Murphy found himself out of the picture as their baseball coach. Murphy said he is no longer the Sailors' coach. "I'm not in a position to comment at this time," Murphy said when asked why he isn't coaching at Newport Harbor, where he also teaches. Murphy won't get to coach Vetrovec and Seabold, who signed letters of intent with UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, respectively, for their senior years at Newport Harbor.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 1, 2013
As a former minor league catcher, Dominic Campeau knows how to give signs. Eighteen years ago, he caught Eric Gagne before his hat became as filthy as his pitches. The two played on the Canadian national team. It didn't take long for Campeau to realize why the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Gagne as an amateur free agent that summer in 1995. "He was throwing gas as a 19-year-old," Campeau said. Once Gagne made the big league team, Campeau said Gagne invited him to Los Angeles often to watch him pitch.
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By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2013
Former UC Irvine baseball coach Dave Serrano said the one move that proved most catalytic in the Anteaters' evolution as a national power occurred when then-freshman walk-on Ben Orloff was inserted into the lineup as the everyday shortstop in 2006. Serrano, now the coach at Tennessee, believes the recent hiring of Orloff as an assistant coach may once again propel the Anteaters back toward the top. "They've probably hired their next head coach," Serrano said of Orloff, who could replace Mike Gillespie at the helm as soon as the 2015 season.
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February 22, 2013
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli collected his 500th win in dramatic fashion Friday at OCC. The Pirates scored with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning on a game-winning run-scoring single by Manny Argomaniz, which brought in Zach Nehrir. Altobelli became the 24th coach in California Community College baseball history to win 500-or-more games. Nehrir went three for four. Argomaniz was two for five and Cody Bruder went two for four for OCC (11-2)
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By Lauren Williams and Jeremiah Dobruck | February 16, 2013
An Irvine baseball coach used Facebook to convince minors to send him pornographic images, prosecutors alleged Monday. Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange, was charged with 110 felonies, including 34 counts each of distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act and using a minor for sex acts. Other charges include six felony counts of committing a lewd act upon a child and one felony count of bringing obscene material into California. Some of the 35 known victims were 14 or 15, according to court documents.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 16, 2013
Irvine police have arrested a high school baseball coach suspected of posing as a female on Facebook and convincing underage boys to send him sexual pictures of themselves. Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange set up a fake profile using a photo of a blonde female, police said, and used the social networking site to form relationships with his victims. Reeder was arrested Saturday on suspicion of lewd conduct with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography, and child annoyance.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 26, 2013
Cooperstown has its Hall of Fame baseball weekend. Thanks to Paul Grady, Costa Mesa High is having its first Hall of Fame baseball weekend next month. One of the first things Grady wanted to do when he took over as baseball coach at Costa Mesa five months ago was bring awareness to the program. He hasn't coached a game as the man in charge of his alma mater and he already has grand plans for the program. The Costa Mesa Baseball Hall of Fame weekend is Feb. 15-16 and the first inductee will be Brent Mayne.
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