David Martinez named baseball coach at Cal State San Bernardino

The chance to come home was too much for David Martinez to pass up.

Martinez, 39, who had spent the last three years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Dixie State (Utah), has been named head baseball coach at Cal State San Bernardino, the school from which he graduated in 2004. It was also the first place he coached, having served as a volunteer assistant there for a year.

Displaying Martinez_mug.jpg“This is home. It’s where I grew up so there is a lot of familiarity,” said Martinez, who is still wrapping up loose ends at his previous job and plans to make the move next week. “I think it will be a quick transition. I am excited about the opportunity.”

Martinez is a 1994 graduate of Redlands High School and still has family in the area while wife Saraya has family in Yucaipa.

He is also familiar with the community colleges that have helped serve as a feeder program for Cal State in the past. Martinez played at Riverside City College under head coach Dennis Rogers, and later returned to Riverside as the Tigers’ pitching coach and co-recruiting coordinator for two seasons (2006-07). He left Riverside for UNLV after it won the California state title in 2007.

Martinez also has Division I experience, having helped the University of New Mexico to the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons in Albuquerque (2011 and 2012) and three seasons at UNLV (2008-10). At both positions he served as pitching coach and at UNLV, led recruiting efforts.

Martinez admits this job has little in common with the job he just left and it’s isn’t just about climate. Dixie State is a fully funded program with a six-figure operating budget, not to mention a spiffy on-campus facility, all things Cal State does not have, But he likes the vision of the administration and thinks those things will get better moving forward.

“I choose to look at the positives,” he said. “There is a lot of baseball talent in this area so there is no reason we can’t be successful.”

Martinez replaces Don Parnell who had headed the program for 24 years and was the second-longest tenured coach in the conference.

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Cal State San Bernardino favored in CCAA volleyball race

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For the first time in eight years the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team comes into the season as the hunter, not the hunted.

The Coyotes saw their streak of eight straight CCAA titles snapped last year by Sonoma State.

But the preseason coaches poll reflects that most think coach Kim Cherniss and her squad will win that back.

The Coyotes totaled 136 points and snagged five first-place votes, finishing just slightly ahead of Sonoma State, which collected 134 points and a conference-leading seven first-place votes.

Cal State L.A. also received a first-place vote and is expected to finish third with 114 points.

UC San Diego, which is set to play host for the conference’s first-ever Championship Volleyball Tournament, was projected to finish fourth with 109 points.

Here is the complete poll:

2015 CCAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank Institution Total Points (first-place votes)
1. Cal State San Bernardino 136 (5)
2. Sonoma State 134 (7)
3. Cal State L.A. 114 (1)
4. UC San Diego 109
5. Humboldt State 105
6. Cal Poly Pomona 97
7. Chico State 76
8. San Francisco State 65
9. Cal State Monterey Bay 49
10. Cal State East Bay 48
11. Cal State San Marcos 41
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills 22
13. Cal State Stanislaus 18

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SBVC basketball standout Kyle Benton makes college decision

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Sophomore forward Kyle Benton of San Bernardino Valley College has signed a letter of intent with North Carolina Central.

Benton averaged 13.4 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds, earning first-team All-Foothill Conference honors in helping the Wolverines to a conference title.

Benton, a graduate of St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, had a season best of 27 against Pasadena in a non-conference contest.

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, N.C.  It went 25-8 and 16-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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