Chino High School has a new baseball coach and it is someone familiar to the community and local baseball enthusiasts.
Mike Surina, 27, is coming back to coach at the school from which he played baseball and football and graduated in 2006.
He also went on to play at Chaffey College and then at the University of La Verne where he was a two-time first team All-SCIAC selection at catcher. He also earned All-West Region honors as a senior.
“I love this school and this community,” he said. “It’s in my blood. I couldn’t be more happy to be coming back here to coach.”
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Surina, 27, who already works in the district as a language arts teacher at Magnolia Junior High, one of Chino’s feeder schools and one which he attended as well.
He applied for the position a year ago when it was last open but had to withdraw his name from consideration when he got a job in the Hesperia Unified School District.
He also interviewed for the Don Lugo job earlier this year after getting the teaching job closer to home. He says it just goes to show everything works out in the end.
“The timing is impeccable. It is like this was meant to be,” he said. “I really want to get our kids that should be going to this school and keep them here instead of seeing them go off to Damien or Bishop Amat or some other school.”
The Cowboys are coming off an 11-15 that included a 6-8 mark in the Hacienda League that was only good enough for fifth place out of six teams.