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Pat McGee Hired As New PCC Baseball Coach
Pasadena City College has announced the hiring of Pat McGee as its new head baseball coach. McGee, 41, becomes just the 11th head coach in the history of the Lancers program and his first season in the dugout begins in January, 2015.
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 several current Major League players and more than 200 NCAA Division I talents. Among his pupils were MLB All-Star Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Harvey of the New York Mets.
McGee has been a 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 feels McGee is 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, age 5 this month, and Carson, who will turn 1 later this year. The McGee family lives in Upland.
Release Date: 05/19/14