News: Baseball Coach O'Meara Leaves Post After 10 Years
Holding the second longest current tenure of any Pasadena City College men's sports head coach, Evan O'Meara resigned Monday following the conclusion of his 10th season in charge of the Lancers' baseball program.
O'Meara, a part-timer, will continue to be an adjunct professor at PCC. He joined the program before the 2005 season as an assistant coach and was quickly promoted to the head coaching position when Mike Scolinos left the college prior to the start of the game schedule.
More than 50 of his players earned athletic scholarships at 4-year universities and 10 more were signed to professional contracts and played in the minor leagues.
One of O'Meara's top players is 2012 All-South Coast Conference First Team infielder Matt Chavez, who batted in the top 10 in the state with a .362 average. Chavez has flourished as a redshirt junior at New Mexico Highlands University. He is currently sixth in the NCAA Division II in batting (.450) and just led the Cowboys to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Plains Division title this past weekend.
In 2006, four of O'Meara's Lancers were selected All-SCC including shortstop Raul Barron, a 30th round rookie draft choice by the Toronto Blue Jays. Barron played several seasons in the minor leagues and is currently a top relief pitcher in Mexico's AAA league.
Other top players under O'Meara's watch were pitcher Cameron Copping (2010 Lancers, University of Buffalo, Seattle Mariners' Single A), first baseman-catcher Adrian Martinez (2008 alum, Missouri Baptist University, Double A Sioux City), and outfielder-catcher Kevin Dultz (2008, San Francisco State, also two pro seasons at Sioux City).
"A good many of my players went on to success at the 4-year level and others got to experience playing professionally," O'Meara said. "If anything, the student-athletes learned to be better people and ballplayers. I felt I helped make a positive impact on their growth. Wins were hard to come by here but not for lack of effort from the players and the assistant coaches I worked with over the years."
Release Date: 04/30/2014