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.
January 19, 2013
As a former all-conference catcher and 1997 team MVP at Vanguard University, first-year baseball coach Rob Pegg has already proved himself in a Lions uniform. And having spent seven seasons as a Vanguard assistant, his first season as head coach brings much more nostalgia than novelty. But when it comes to building and leading winning teams from the first seat in the dugout, Pegg has seven seasons of struggle he hopes to bury under a string of success at his alma mater. Pegg's tenure at Colorado Christian University, an NCAA Division II school in Lakewood, Colo., produced a 92-274 record.
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 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 26, 2012
Fred Hoover, a former assistant baseball coach at UC Irvine in the early 1990s who spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, died Friday at his home. He was 81. Hoover compiled a 433-281 record in 21 seasons at Golden West, where he coached a handful of future major leaguers including Kevin Elster. He became pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton in 1989 and was named an assistant at UCI in 1991, under then-coach Mike Gerakos.