1. How long have you been coaching at King?
This is the start of my 1st season as the Head Baseball Coach at King. I was the Head Coach at JW North for the last 10 years.
2. What was the 2016 season like? Where did your team end up?
King finished the 2016 season 17-12 and in 4th place in the Big VIII League
3. How does 2016 factor into 2017?
2016 will factor heavily in the 2017 season as we return 12 letter men from a 17 win team, two of which were 1st Team All-Big VIII players. We will rely on their experience to get us through a very highly competitive preseason schedule and through the toughest league in the Inland Empire, the Big VIII. Their veteran leadership will play a vital role in preparing us for 15 league games and hopefully the chance to fight for a playoff spot.
4. Who are your top returners?
Nate Webb, Infielder, ’17 UC Riverside commit
Sante Grossi, Pitcher, ’17 Navy commit
Dylan Orick, Outfielder, ’17 UC Riverside commit
Rory Smith, Catcher ’17 CBU commit
Trevor Cadd, Outfielder, ’18 Cal State Fullerton commit
Connor Franco, Infielder, ’17 William Jessup University commit
Gabe Briones, Catcher/1st Base, ’19 USC commit
Brad Chesterton, Pitcher,‘18
Eddie Rivero, Infielder, ‘18
5. What are your goals for this season?
Our goals for the season are to compete every time we see the field, don’t take one pitch for granted and play with mental toughness that will get us through the roller coasters of the season. Hopefully with our attitude and preparation, wins, the playoffs and a CIF run will take care of themselves.
6. What do you expect from your players?
I expect for our players to compete and grind for each other every time we take the field. I expect them to hold themselves accountable, to fight in the face of adversity and to refuse to be anything but the best. I expect for them hustle at all times and to be the most prepared team on the field.
7. How do you plan to implement PEAK into your program this season?
PEAK will be implemented daily as the only way for our players to be successful on the field is if they are successful in the classroom first. Our Student-Athletes exemplify PEAK daily with proper conduct both in and out of the classroom. PEAK demands students to be leaders not only on the field but in the classroom and for our athletes to be held accountable for everything they do while on our campus and other campuses. PEAK will be implemented after every team meeting to constantly remind our athletes they are held to a higher standard than everyone else.