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By Barry Faulkner | November 6, 2009
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie, who signed a three-year contract when taking the job before the 2008 season, has received a two-year extension through the 2012 season, UCI Athletic Director Mike Izzi said. Gillespie, who guided USC to the 1998 national championship and 15 postseason appearances in 20 season as the Trojans head coach, led the Anteaters to the program’s first Big West Conference crown and its first No. 1 national ranking in 2009. The Anteaters were 45-15, including a 22-2 conference record.
By Barry Faulkner | October 30, 2009
COSTA MESA — Several moments after the hour-long memorial service for former Estancia High baseball coach Ken Millard had ended Friday, even after most of the estimated 150 in attendance had exited Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, the stories about him continued. Family members, former players and students, colleagues and friends, stood in a handful of clusters, catching up with one another and sharing their memories of the man who died Monday at age 76. The man they knew as “Coach.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 28, 2009
Newport Harbor High’s tie to its next baseball coach might involve the team it tied this past season in the Sunset League. The Sailors are close to hiring Patrick Murphy, an assistant last year at Los Alamitos, said a source Tuesday not wanting to be identified. The source said Newport Harbor has extended an offer to Murphy. The source added that Murphy is considering the job, but hopes he can also teach special education at Newport Harbor. The school offered Murphy, a credentialed special education teacher, an academic support position, said the source.
By Steve Virgen | July 23, 2009
The down economy affects mostly everyone. It can cause challenges for high school football fundraising, even in Newport Beach. But Newport Harbor football boosters were provided a special treat for their continued support Monday at Newport Beach Country Club. After golfing with Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley, the Sailors supporters listened to short speeches from former Tars’ head man Mike Giddings and University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido. Giddings, the founder of ProScout Inc. who has coached on every level, delivered a heartfelt message mixed in with jokes.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 15, 2009
When two of his seniors on Saturday played in an all-star baseball game, their last representing Newport Harbor High, Coach Evan Chalmers looked back at his fourth year with the program. One upset stood out. On May 6, the Sailors pulled off a 13-5 victory against Edison, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches’ poll. At the time, the Sailors knocked the Chargers out of first place in the robust Sunset League. Chalmers said his good friend and colleague, Eric Tweit, called it one of the school’s biggest wins in the last 16 years.
By Barry Faulkner | June 4, 2009
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie said Thursday that the first NCAA Regional played at Anteater Ballpark last weekend could be the last, at least for as long as he continues to guide the Anteaters. “I don’t think it’s a slam dunk that I would come down on the side of hosting again,” Gillespie said. “This wasn’t my first rodeo [his teams have reached the postseason in 17 of his 22 seasons of Division I coaching, including 15 of 20 the teams he guided at USC, which he led to the national championship in 1998]
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.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 27, 2008
When most of the batters moved back in the box, Dante Capoccia inched closer to the mound. Capoccia dared the pitcher to fire one past him. It never worked out for the pitcher against the left-handed hitting Capoccia. He hit the ball harder than anyone else during the Little League District 62 Tournament of Champions. No one threw it harder than the right-handed throwing Capoccia, either. The 12-year-old put on a show and lifted the Costa Mesa National Little League Red Sox to the league?
June 6, 2008
Vanguard University announced Thursday that head women’s volleyball coach Erikka Gulbranson, as well as head baseball coach Scott Mallernee, have resigned. Gulbranson spent seven years as head coach, and leaves as the winningest coach in Vanguard volleyball history. She took over a three-win team in 2001, and led it to a winning record in just her third year. “Erikka completely shaped the volleyball program into one that is not only competitive in the [Golden State Athletic Conference]
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