Head Coach: Pat McGee (2nd season in 2016)
Office Phone: 626-585-7801
Only the 11th head coach in the history of the Lancers baseball program, Pat McGee, 41, completed his first season in the PCC dugout and instantly put his stamp on teaching players the value of fundamentally-sound baseball.
The 2015 Lancers went a modest 10-26, but it marked more than double the wins recorded in the previous two seasons combined and the most by a PCC team since 2011. The team's 7-14 South Coast Conference record was the most victories in conference by a PCC squad since 2008 and the team's seventh place finish was the first time the program had finished out of the SCC cellar in seven years. A tough 5-4 loss in the season finale prevented the Lancers from finishing in fifth place.
PCC won three SCC 3-game series including triumphs over Mt. San Antonio and East Los Angeles, two programs that had won the previous three SCC titles from 2012-14. It had been 11 years since a Lancers team accomplished that feat. The team's defense held a .958 fielding percentage and made less errors than PCC opponents, which had not happened since 1973.
After 15 years of experience as an assistant coach at the college and amateur levels, this is the first head coaching assignment for McGee. His most recent position was an assistant coach for the Chatham Athletics (Mass.) in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League in 2011-12. He previously coached in that summer amateur league from 2004 to 2008.
In the CCBL, McGee worked with many current Major League players and more than 200 NCAA Division I talents. Among his pupils are MLB All-Star and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, NL All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs NL Rookie of the Year candidate this year in Kris Bryant. Thirty-four of his players have reached MLB including 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan (Cubs), Brad Boxberger, Allan Dykstra (Tampa Bay), Danny Espinosa, Sammy Solis, Corey Brown (Washington), Todd Frazier, Carlos Fisher (Cincinnati), Yan Gomes, Bryan Shaw (Cleveland), Grant Green (Angels), David Hale (Atlanta), Jared Hughes (Pittsburgh), Andrew Miller, Dave Huff, Adam Warren (NY Yankees), Dominic Leone, Kyle Seager (Seattle), Collin McHugh, Alex Presley, Alex White (Houston), Tom Milone (Minnesota), Bobby Parnell (NY Mets), Zach Putnam (Chicago White Sox), Rob Wooten (Milwaukee), Charles Brewer (Arizona), Brooks Brown (Colorado), Chris Getz, Justin Marks (Kansas City), Jermaine Curtis (St. Louis), Tim Federowicz (Dodgers),
McGee was part of several winning programs at the California Community College level, including assistant coaching a Western State Conference champion at Citrus College (2003), two Foothill Conference title teams at Chaffey College (2007-2008), and assisting Mt. San Antonio on its way to the 2012 South Coast Conference crown.
At the university level, he was a member of the coaching staff on the 2002 Golden State Athletic Conference champion team at Azusa Pacific University where he coached from 2000-2002. He also coached at the University of La Verne from 1998-2000.
After attending Victor Valley High, McGee played two seasons as an all-conference infielder at San Diego City College. He transferred on scholarship to APU and played two seasons, twice named as an All-GSAC player. He later earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education at APU.
"As a product of the community college level myself, I know how important that experience was to help me with the transition out of high school to the college level," McGee said. "I feel student-athletes look forward to being developed academically and athletically. I expect the players here at PCC to work hard and make the commitment needed to get them to the next level. My hope is for them to be great people on and off the field.
"I want to be a resource for them and I take pride in that responsibility as their coach. I've prepared my whole life to have this opportunity, and it's a dream come true to receive the chance to build a program as a head coach. Pasadena City College is part of a tremendous community and there's no better city in the San Gabriel Valley than Pasadena."
PCC athletic director Tony Barbone described why he felt McGee was the right person to help bring the Lancers baseball program forward.
"I have been able to research Pat McGee's success as a student-athlete, educator and coach," Barbone said. "His leadership embraces the community college experience, the mission statement of the CCCAA, and has tremendous conviction for student success on and off the field. His background and wide range of related experiences in education and athletics will provide an atmosphere where our students can benefit, excel and chase their dreams.”
McGee is married to his wife Jen and the couple has two young children in Brody and Carson.. The McGee family lives in Upland.
ASSISTANT COACH: Nico Calderaro, 2nd season
Nico Calderaro is in his second season at PCC as Coach McGee's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Calderaro, 24, is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (B.S. Applied Exercise Science) where he earned a playing scholarship. An arm injury prevented him from playing at APU.
Calderaro pitched two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College (2010-11), earning All-South Coast Conference First Team honors as a freshman. He was a two-time All-CIF Southern Section First Team selection at Bonita High, achieving Miramonte League MVP honors his senior season in 2009. He compiled a sparkling 18-6 record and 2.06 ERA in his three prep seasons.
In 2013, Calderaro served as pitching coach at Bonita as the team won the league title.
Last year at PCC, the Lancers made significant improvement on the pitching staff with the help of Calderaro. Jason Marquez, a righthanded reliever, earned a scholarship to NCAA Division I University of Maryland Shores and righty Calvin Bonilla moved on to William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA). Pasadena's 2015 staff recorded the lowest team ERA in nine seasons.
Calderaro is in the process of completing his master's in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University Irvine. He is a resident of La Verne.
PCC BASEBALL HISTORY
The Pasadena City
College baseball team is part of the highly competitive South Coast
Conference, participating against such colleges as Long Beach City,
Cerritos, El Camino, Mt. San Antonio, Los Angeles Harbor, East Los
Angeles, and El Camino-Compton Center.
The Lancers play their
games off campus at its home diamond, Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson
Memorial Field, located next to the Rose Bowl. The historic field
was once the Spring Training home of both the Chicago White Sox
(1933-42, 1946-50) and the Chicago Cubs (1917-1921).
The program has a
vast history that includes a state championship in 1967 when PCC
was led by former Major League Baseball great and PCC Sports Hall
of Famer Darrell Evans. Evans is the only community college athlete
to ever play on state championship teams for two different sports
(baseball and basketball) in the same year. A former Atlanta Brave
and Detroit Tiger, he is a member of pro baseball's 400-home run
club and has a World Series ring from the 1984 Tigers.
PCC also won the state
title in 1950 under legendary coach John Thurman. In that season,
the then Bulldogs defeated Santa Rosa in the championship game,
3-2. A perennial participant in the National JCAA Regional Tournament,
Pasadena won that national title in both 1949 and 1950. The
'49 team was led by future Los Angeles Dodger Bob Lillis.
Many former Lancers
have gone on to play professional baseball, but the most famous
is Jackie Robinson, who was an All-Southern California infielder
at Pasadena Junior College (1937-38) before going on to break the
color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. After an illustrious
career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson was later inducted into
the MLB Hall of Fame as well as being honored by PCC with a bronze
bust of his image located in the Dick Ratliff Court of Champions on campus.
Robinson is the only player to have his No. 42 retired by all of
MLB's teams. No player in any other professional sport has been
Robinson and Evans
are both members of the California Community College CCCAA Sports
Hall of Fame.
Other recognized pros
from PCC over the years were outfielder Irv Noren (New York Yankees),
pitcher Matt Young (Seattle Mariners, UCLA), and infielder Alan Wiggins
(San Diego Padres, '84 World Series participant). Brandon Kintzler, an All-SCC First Team pitcher in 2003, was a top setup man reliever for the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers.
Noren, Evans, and Coach Thurman all have their busts immortalized in the Court of Champions along with Robinson.
In 2005, Lee Walls, a pro player for several teams including te Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers, was inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame. In 1951, he played for PCC's Western State Conference champion team, a squad that finished runner-up at the NJCAA Regional Tournament. He then made the jump to MLB as a 19-year-old rookie on the '52 Pirates. Young, who pitched for 10 seasons in the big leagues, will be inducted into the PCC HOF in January, 2016 along with '67 state champion and 5-time conference champion head coach Ron Robinson (passed away in 2011).
has been strong at moving players on to the four-year university
level. In 2004, pitcher-outfelder Zack Kalter transferred to USC
and was a pre-season All-American selection. Kalter led PCC in several
hitting categories and was the team's top pitching ace. In 2004,
eleven members of the 2003 Lancers team moved on to universities
with playing scholarships.
In 2005, PCC 2003-2004 infielder Joey Dyche set the single-season batting
record for highest average (.500) at Lewis-Clark State College,
Idaho. Converted to outfield, Dyche was a 7th round selection of
the San Francisco Giants in the 2005 draft. He was selected NAIA
All-American and hit for the cycle in a College World Series game.
In 2014, All-SCC infielder Matt Chavez was one of the top 10 NAIA batters in the nation playing at New Mexico Highlands University.