April 15, 2011
Rob Wigod turned 52 Friday, the same day the CIF Southern Section named him as its new commissioner. Wigod will take over as commissioner of the largest section in the state that runs high school athletics on Aug. 2 for Jim Staunton, who is retiring after 11 years on the job. Wigod will be the ninth commissioner in the section's history. For almost 40 years, Wigod has been involved with the section as a player, coach and administrator. He is currently an assistant commissioner.
January 28, 2005
Rick Devereux The legal proceedings involving Corona del Mar High baseball coach John Emme have been watched closely by others in the coaching community. A jury awarded Emme $500,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $200,000 in punitive damages in his countersuit against Newport Beach physician Marc Martinez. Martinez filed two lawsuits against Emme alleging the coach hurt his son's chances of playing college baseball. Emme filed a countersuit for $1 million, claiming malicious prosecution and damage to his reputation and career.
July 2, 2008
Ralph Grajeda, a former Riverside Community College assistant, has been hired to be the Vanguard University baseball coach, the school announced Wednesday. Grajeda’s hiring ended a month-long search after Vanguard announced former coach Scott Mallernee had resigned. Mallernee was the Lions’ coach for four years, compiling a 72-110 record. Grajeda takes over for a team that went 17-31 this past year. “I am humbed and honored for the opportunity to be Vanguard University’s head baseball coach,” Grajeda said in release.
August 7, 2012
A memorial service for Ken Bauermeister, who coached baseball and football for 27 years at Newport Harbor High, will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly reported the memorial would be this Saturday. Bauermeister, the father of Estancia High Principal Kirk Bauermeister, died Saturday morning. He was 84. Ken Bauermeister was also a zone coordinator and head of umpires for Harbor Area Baseball for many years.
April 25, 2012
Keith Wendell Long Keith Wendell Long died from complications with chronic bronchitis on Friday April 13th at his residence in Huntington Beach, CA. Keith was only 27 years old with a bright future ahead of him. Keith is survived by his Mother and Father, Sandy and John Long, and three sisters, Kimberly Long, Chrissy Fish, and Alexis Mottl-Long, his Grandmother Nancy Long, and his loving girl friend of 5 years Kimi Sugimoto. Keith was...
July 7, 2004
Steve Virgen Doug Deats, who guided the Costa Mesa High baseball team the past two seasons, as well as from 1994-97, has resigned as the Mustangs' baseball coach. It is the fourth coaching or athletics administration resignation in the past three months. Bob Serven, who is an assistant at Mater Dei, resigned as boys basketball coach in April. Dave Perkins resigned as boys athletic director last week. Glenn Mitchell stepped down as boys and girls track and field coach, Perkins said.
June 8, 2012
Vanguard University dipped into its past to hire Rob Pegg as its baseball coach Friday. Pegg was the MVP of the 1997 Vanguard squad (then Southern California College) and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach and five years as an admissions counselor at the school. Pegg, who spent the last seven seasons as head coach at Colorado Christian University, an NCAA Division II school in Lakewood, Colorado, replaces Ralph Grajeda, who resigned after four seasons in May. "It's a dream coming back to my alma mater," said Pegg, who was a first-team All-Golden State Athletic Conference catcher and the school's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1997.
June 16, 2011
Estancia High has hired Marcus Franco as its head softball coach, girls' athletic director Jessica Gatica said Thursday. Franco was an assistant for Estancia this past season but head coach Judd Fryslie stepped down after the season to focus more on his career. Franco, 44, said he was offered the position Thursday and he felt very blessed to accept, noting that it's been a long road. He took 2010 off from coaching after his wife gave birth to their son, Sean, who is now 18 months old. "When you have a child you have a different perspective," Franco said.
April 18, 2008
Sean Vogel missed out on his first chance to meet Sage Hill School’s new baseball coach. Back in early February, when the rest of the players tried to make a good impression on Andy Berglund, Vogel was out sick. What a way to start a sophomore season, unfamiliar with the new skipper. He knew just a name, no face, no handshake. The last time Vogel shook a new coach’s hand, the coach left after one year. One week after the first team meeting, Vogel finally introduced himself to Berglund, a first-year varsity head coach.
June 18, 2011
Baseball in Alaska seems to make as much sense as snowboarding in the Bahamas, but don't tell that to Tony Cappuccilli. Cappuccilli is the head coach of the Anchorage Bucs, a collegiate summer league team that plays in the Alaska Baseball League, recognized as one of the top summer leagues in the country. It's a summer job for Cappuccilli, who will return to Irvine after the season and resume his job as assistant baseball coach for Irvine Valley College. Cappuccilli, 30, just finished his second season at IVC and he plans to be there for a few more years, but he isn't the type to sit still for long.