Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as softball coach

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as the new Coyotes’ softball coach on Dec. 17.

The move was made following the resignation of Tacy Duncan, who left after nine seasons with the Coyotes to accept an assistant principal’s position at Chemawa Middle School.

Maier is coming off a one-year stint as the Dean of Students and the softball coach of Santa Fe Springs St. Paul High School, where he had coached previously.

He named as California’s Coach of the Year after leading the program to 2014 CIF and state softball titles.

In between his two terms as the St. Paul coach, he was at the helm of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros until 2013, ending his 13-year term.

During his tenure with the Toros, Maier led the team to an overall record of 460-273-2 while guiding the team to two CCAA championships (2005 and 2012). The Toros also appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in both 2012 and 2013.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the next head coach at Cal State San Bernardino,” Maier stated in a press release. “I am anxious to get back to a college environment.”

Maier believes that the Coyotes are in place to make something special happen for the university and its surrounding community.

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Two locals still in NCAA Division II national rankings

Josh Gouch vs. SFSU

Two local teams still boast national basketball rankings.

Cal State San Bernardino is now No. 14, up one place from last week, while Cal Poly Pomona is up four spots to No. 17.

Both teams are on the road this week to wrap up the regular season.

The CCAA tournament will get underway March 6 with first-round action. The Coyotes have guaranteed themselves a opening-round bye and play Friday, March 7.

Metro State remains the nation’s top-ranked team with 15 first-place votes.

1. Metro State, Colo. (15 first place votes) 23-1
2. Tarleton State, Texas (1 first place vote) 23-1
3. East Stroudsburg, Pa.24-1
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 23-2
5. Drury, Mo. 23-2
6. Southern Connecticut St. 23-2
7. California Baptist 23-1
8. South Carolina Aiken 24-3
9. Indianapolis, Ind. 22-3
10. Colorado School of Mines 22-3
11. Indiana, Pa. 22-3
12. Florida Southern 23-3
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.22-2
14. Cal State San Bernardino 21-3
15. Minnesota State 25-4
16. Lake Superior State, Mich. 26-3
17. Cal Poly Pomona 20-3
18. Lewis, Ill. 21-4
19. Central Missouri 22-4
20. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5
21. Montevallo, Ala. 21-4
22. Delta State, Miss. 22-4
23. Findlay, Ohio 21-4
24. Wisconsin-Parkside 21-5
25. Southern Indiana 20-5
Dropped out: Walsh (22).

Others receiving votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13, Midwestern State (Texas) 10, Walsh (Ohio) 9, Michigan Tech 7, Missouri Southern 6, Bellarmine (Ky.) 4, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1, Western Washington 2, Gannon (Pa.) 1, Northwest Missouri State 1, Texas A&M International 1, Winona State (Minn.) 1.

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Former player to be remembered at home opener

Cal State San Bernardino will honor former baseball player Jake Pilkerton at its home opener against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. on Feb.8 at Fisacalini Field.

Pilkerton, an infielder, played for the Coyotes in 2012 and 2013. He played the previous two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College and is a graduate of Rim of the World High School.

He was killed in an automobile August last August. A foundation has been set up in his named with the proceeds going toward all three programs for which he played.

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