Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley not expected back

Sources at Charter Oak have confirmed that longtime Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley, a walk-on, will not be back next season. Quinley led Charter Oak to the CIF-SS Division 4 title in 2007, beating Santa Monica, 7-1. He also led the Chargers to the Division 4 title game in 2005. Charter finished one of its worst seasons in memory, finishing 9-14 and last in the Sierra League.
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  • ChargerWatch

    A move in the right direction for CO

  • joe baseball

    Chargerwatch must not be watching very closely because the last time I looked Quinley has had numerous league titles and a CIF title to boot!!! All you have done is sit back and raise an underachieving coddled drain on society and then blame others for your failures!

  • Greg Johnson

    Coach Quinley has been around high school baseball since the early 80′s and maybe even before that!! He’s has a reputation of winning at each level. I joined his staff in 1998-2012 and had one of the best times a person could have. Under his direction CO has become a baseball program to be proud of. Yes, there is talent at CO and I hope the next Head Coach knows how to utilize it, as well as, Coach Quinley has over the years.

    • FredJ

      Regardless of what anyone thinks, coach Quinley has been one of the top area baseball coaches for many years. And also agree this is a dream job for whoever gets it. Remember, they’ll be going to a league in 2015 that includes Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos

      Rowland, Walnut and West Covina. That’s a baseball league Charter Oak should dominate, and they’ll probably be in Division 4 or 5, a division Charter Oak is certainly capable of winning.

      • AMAT 73

        Fred J ,
        I thought the idea of movement to different leagues was to make things more competitive , not for one team to dominate ?????? And also to give them an easier path to winning a championship ?????

  • joe baseball

    I think the next group of Chargers that are coming up from the Frosh and JV ranks should get on the horn to the principal, the AD, and the Superintendent of Charter Oak and do whatever it takes to somehow get Quinley to remain as head coach. To lose him as a coach at CO would be a loss for the San Gabriel Valley! JG posting for joe baseball

    • charger parent

      Maybe all sports at charter oak should be reviewed to make sure that all coaches are not chewing out the kids. Because if some coaches can, all coaches can.. If fair for one, it should be fair for all. hmmm?????? Maybe someone should call the media to make sure he wasn’t wrongfully terminated

    • Adam Webb

      I think Charter Oak administration has fallen victim to the “CO youth baseball” movement. If the parents don’t agree with the coaching style, the coach/staff can be replaced?? This doesn’t even occur in Glendora. Tom Quinley gave every ounce of energy to probably the least talented team he has ever had (AKA: rebuilding). Where are you going to find another coach who donates as much personal time on the field and off as TQ? Figure it out C.O.

      • staples 47

        What is CO thinking??? A high school coach and mentor respected by many in not only the high school ranks but college and professional as well has lost his job because the parents are displeased with the out come of their own kids performance.

  • South of covina

    Sometimes coaches lose there calling,, with the talent coming out of charger Oak we should win league and advance well into the playoffs it just hasn’t happened lately,, thanks Coach for everything..

  • charger parent

    this is the age old case of the coach taking the blame for the under achieving team. how come in football you can chew kids out but in baseball you cant say anything to little timmy, without some body going in the office. be careful what you wish for! quinley will be missed by most!!!!

    • tired of the same old story

      Missed by most, I think not. For the 2nd year in a row, Quinley has made the statement that the team (the kids that he is supposed to me molding into young men) were not good enough, did not deserve a year ending banquet. in 2012 he was strong armed into having a banquet, this year he is sticking to his attitude that his team does not deserve an end of the year banquet.
      Quinley may have had it in the past, but has not had it for the past several years.

      • Jenae

        It is disappointing to hear gossip repeated. There was not only a banquet this year, but one of the best to date. Quinley was real, gracious and humble. Thank you Quinley.

  • Jastrab

    Great coach! He was my coach back in 80′s at Hollenbeck….worked with all of his talent…those gifted and those with fewer gifts, but got all of us to success and win.

  • ChargerWatch

    Yelling at little timmy is not the issue, sometimes change is good. Caring about the program is not reflected when not a single CO player is even submitted for the SR All Star game.

  • joe baseball

    Wow Chargerwatch there you are again spouting off about something you know nothing about! First of all, there is not a single all-star among the seniors, not one! Secondly, there is an underclassmen all-star game and Coach Quinley nominated 3 from his team! Two of which will not be able to participate because they will be playing in the Jr. Olympics. So, to me, it reflects exactly where this program is. No senior talent in a league where senior leadership was desperately needed and there was none to be found. The program is definitely heading in the right direction! With Coach Quinley’s guidence, this years Juniors will provide that senior leadership next year. The 5, count them 5, Sophomores that played Varsity this year and a great group coming up from the Frosh team proves that CO Baseball is alive and well moving forward!!! JG

    • ChargerWatch

      joe baseball is busy making statements about politics and favortism – interesting Been through the program and know plenty about it. There has been SR leadership in the past with nothing to show for it. It is time for a change and hopefully the administration at CO will do the right thing and bring in someone from the outside to start fresh and take advantage of the talented JR class from this past year.
      We all know that what division a school is put in is tied to the football team, quite complaining about how tough we have it, step up to the plate, play and compete.

    • leftfieldfencesittter

      joe baseball is at least right on one point, CO Baseball is alive and well and moving forward!!!

  • NOMOREPOLITICS

    It would be nice to have a team that was choosen for TELENT. Not as a favor to someone. I would like to say maybe thats why CO has not gone some where. These days its about who you know there is alot of kids that have been cut in the past sad kids just want to play ball and have a fair shoot at it and when parents get involed with the politics the kids loose!!! lets change this

  • joe baseball

    Nomorepolitics, any school will struggle when the only real talent is in your underclassmen and you’re forced to play in 2 divisions above where your enrollment suggests you should be! In two years they’ll be back in a league and division where they belong. As for who makes the team, these kids get a couple of months to prove they belong! Your accusations of favoritism couldn’t be farther from the truth! JG

    • NOMOREPOLITICS

      OBVIOUSLY…YOUR TRYING TO MASK THE ISSUES THAT CO HAS YOU MUST BE A PART OF IT.

  • FredJ

    One of the names I hear is interested is former Arcadia and Pasadena coach Mike Parisi …interesting.

    • Charger parent # 2

      Good to hear someone out of the area will apply :)

  • Charger parent # 2

    All I got to say is embarrassing FRESHMEN team don’t have this drama with coaches!! Because they are there for the right reasons.

  • joe baseball

    Are you saying Freds masking the issues also? I merely reiterated what he correctly stated earlier in this blog! The issue is they HAVE been playing out of their league, enrollment wise, (thanks to football) and EVERY sport at CO has suffered because of it. And as far as you thinking I’m part of some “masking of issues”, maybe I pay attention to what’s really going and not just listening to hearsay and making idle attacks! Get on out there to some of those tryouts. There’s plenty of them! You can see who can play and who can’t!!! JG

    • NOMOREPOLITICS

      I have been to try outs and you are right but at the same time there are kids on jv and varsity that dont belong…

  • South of covina

    the same athletes that play football play baseball let’s mold them into young men and be competitive.. you have to play the best to be the best I’m disappointed that people keep making comments about being in division 2, step up and compete…

    • NOMOREPOLITICS

      way to say it :)

  • joe baseball

    First of all S of Cov, no the same athletes DO NOT play football and baseball! Only 2 or 3 varsity baseball players play football. Secondly, if you have a pool of 1,800 students and a pool of 4,000 students isn’t it logical that you would have a distinct advantage in the 4,000 student pool? That’s the difference between Div. 2 and Div.4 JG

  • joe baseball

    Nomorepolitics we finally agree on something!!! There are kids that, in my opinion, don’t belong on the team! But at that point of whats left in the talent pool to round out a team some guys get left out and that is sad! JG

  • FredJ

    FYI, I haven’t followed up with a story because everyone is apparently not speaking at all, not officials at Charter Oak or Quinley.

  • South of covina

    Joe baseball,, so the teams in our league all have four thousand students for them to pick from Damien, South hill, etc. don’t think so,, are we going to teach the boys how to take the easy road there whole life, teach them how to work hard and get better,, so they can compete.

  • South of covina

    Joe baseball, must be embarrassing to make excuses about what division we play in..

  • FredJ

    Since I’ve posted this have had a lot of people tell me the parent situation in regards to baseball is a mess at Charter Oak. However, it’s a problem for a lot of coaches at other schools as well. Why is parent interference the biggest complaint I hear from coaches today? Coaches continually tell me they love everything about their jobs except for dealing with parents. When did it get so bad?

    • Charger parent # 2

      I think it got so bad because no one from the school comes out to watch the games or gets involved to see the way theses coaches treat kids I heard a coach this year tell a kid your batting average is a bad as your gpa. Then coaches wonder why parents complain yelling at them is one thing but B littling them is another!!!

      • South of covina

        charger parent, there’s nothing wrong with that apparently what you’re doing isn’t helping them if they can t reach GPA,,maybe a little be littling

      • FredJ

        It’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve heard. Listen, the difference between today and years ago is that parents don’t want or like it when coaches criticize their kids. And if they do criticize, parents want it crafted in a delicate way so that it doesn’t hurt someone’s feelings. I had coaches and teachers say far worse things to me growing up and me and my friends turned out alright. Back when I was in grammar school, principal’s used the paddles, it was a different era. But part of maturing is being criticized and being criticized hard for your mistakes. I don’t find anything so terribly wrong with that.

      • Mike Velasquez

        Haha that’s funny. The problem I see is why does the kid have a bad GPA in the first place? That’s the parents responsibility for not helping them achieve in the classroom. Sometimes parents call it belittling but all it really states is the truth. Parents need the reality check.

  • South of covina

    Fred,,when you email a teacher you get a response on how to help your child when you email the coach all of a sudden your a complainer. because still at the end of the day the goal is to develop talented young adults,,

    • FredJ

      Difference between a teacher and coach is parents aren’t screaming from the corner of the classroom while you’re giving instructions and speaking with your students like the do with coaches. It it were only emails we’re talking about, that’s one thing, but you and I know there are many more face-to-face confrontations in sports than with teachers.

      • South of covina

        Fred,, there’s no difference between a teacher and coach, a teacher teaches respect and learning the subject, coach teaches respect and learning the game,, don’t make excuses for coaches…

        • FredJ

          Well, haven’t read about a teacher getting run out of town because parents didn’t like how they teach math. Quinley’s been there a long time and has coached baseball for more than 20 years. If he was alright for decades of kids in youth sports and high school, are you telling me he’s all of a sudden someone who’s not capable enough for this particular group of kids? I’ll take his long history and reputation over the current group of complainers.

          • FredJ

            It’s pretty simple really, if Charter Oak was playing for a title on Saturday we wouldn’t be talking about this stuff. But because they had a bad year, one of the few in Quinley’s career, all of a sudden there’s something wrong with his coaching and the way he talks to kids? That’s ridiculous, sometimes you just don’t have the talent.

          • South of covina

            Fred, I don’t believe this was a parent issue I believe it was a schools decision to move the program in a different direction Quinley as relied on talent for years it’s time to get a coach that can develop talent, Quinley is a good guy,, I think he’s lost his calling,, GOOD LUCK NEXT YEAR CO.

  • Coach Quinley

    Thanks Fred and others for your positive comments. I really appreciate it, but lets stop the blogging. Charter Oak High is a great place to coach.

    Quinley

  • Helen McMullin

    Having coached against Coach Quinley in the finals in 2005 we knew that Charter Oak had a very classy head coach and a well run program. Every school has their share of non-leader classes. In no way should this reflect on the head coach just ask Cassidy Olsen at Mira Costa and Costa is playing for a CIF title

  • Anxious

    As a parent with a stud 12-yr old, I’ll be following this hire closely. Is there anybody to hire from within or on-campus (that seems to be a trend these days) Or anybody with alumni ties? Or do they go completely out of the area for this hire?

    • A Game

      Pleeeeze…………….

  • Old Timer

    Sad to see what is going on over there at CO, being around this Valley for over 25 years myself its a growing trend w parents at every school. The Parents today just think there kids are way better then what they really are

    Charter Oak should go get Remkus from Gladstone!!!

    • baseballsgv

      Remkus is too hard nose for the soft parents from CO!!

  • South of covina

    CO doesn’t need a guy that knows baseball, they need a guy that can teach baseball and get the boys ready for the next level,, all guys aren’t coaches and all coaches aren’t teachers of the game..

  • Greg Johnson

    I agree!!!

  • Jenae

    We all do the best with what we are given. Tom Quinley gave his best with what he had to work with. It saddens me that Quinley’s years of success are being swept away and forgotten. This dedicated coach is being shown the door without so much as a thank you. The enticement of fame and fortune has created a monster in the baseball community. People need a good dose of reality when it comes to their kids and their ‘future’ in ball. The time, energy and money being spent by families trying to grab that elusive scholarship or pro contract has eroded what is most important…raising respectful, hard-working, humble young men.

    • South of covina

      VERY VERY WELL SAID..

      • Just another parent

        It is sad that his time has come to an end. But at the sametime we got to understand that It is a job, and just like any other job if you dont produce or be productive then you will be replaced. You can only play with the cards that are dealt to you, and make the best out of your hand. As a coach if your players dont have natural talent or know how to play then you must teach them. I mean they are out there representing you! I just fell that he did not want to put in the effort to make the players that he had better he just expected them to know everything! so with that said i agree with we do need someone who is going to teach the game of baseball! There are alot of coaches out there that want to teach! lets bring one in and get back to winning again! GO CHARGERS!

    • FredJ

      I would agree that I’m very disappointed in Charter Oak officials, especially their athletic department for not speaking publicly and acknowledging the years of service Quinley has given to the school. After Lou Farrar, Quinley is the most well-known coach at the school and next longest tenured coach after Farrar. He’s won a CIF title and taken the school to a finals, but not one word from the school or even a press release acknowledging his time there or thanking him. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT.

      • Jenae

        I agree!

        • inside and out

          Enough is enough. If you have been inside the program at all the past few years, you would know that this is the right decision, and with the CO administration not saying anything, the old saying goes, If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.

  • Charger parent # 2

    Who knows maybe he was showen the door for a reason with only a thank you!! I don’t think it was parents complaints much more to this story!!!

  • joe baseball

    Hey South of Covina your comments lead me to believe that ” You are the north end of a horse heading south”!!!

  • Greg Johnson

    Who would you like to see be the next head coach at CO? I’m sure everyone will be watching.

  • Dave

    Too bad….Quinley put in a lot of time and is a great coach, I had two
    kids go through the program and before Quinley it was not fun. Maybe if
    the parents that complained about Quinley yelling at the kids understood
    this is not little league, little Johnny might not get his trophy and
    all the playing time. Fact is the coach has a tough job, then add the
    parents in and it takes it to a new level. (First your not allowed to
    spank your kids and look how that is working out and now a Coach can’t
    yell at his players…).

    Quinley never liked the blogs and always took the higher road, it was all baseball with him.

    Thank you Tom for everything you have done for the boys…

  • South of covina

    For all the blogs that keep referring to parents as the issue there must be alot of insider,, I think the baseball record speaks for it self,, and the school would like to take the program in a different direction,, I support the school.. Quinley thanks for all your years of service..

  • Mark

    I played for Quinley back in 05. He was hands down the BEST coach I’ve ever had. We had a bit of a falling out at the end of my senior year, but I will never say anything negative about Quinner. To some of you commenting about his lack of enthusiasm for the team and game…you have NO IDEA WHO TOM QUINLEY IS. This man LOVES BASEBALL and every kid on his team more than he loves his Mt. Dew and anything else. It’s absurd to say anything else. Shame on all you parents that can’t take a little criticism to your child’s ego. I was that kid that sat on the bench 3/4 years in high school. I sat through all the politics and Bullsh**T. Much more than your kid I can GUARANTEE you that…and you know what? My senior year I showed everyone up and if it wasn’t for that criticism I would have never had the motivation to get up and make something of myself. So Tom, Thank you for being a good coach, thank you for teaching me about being a team player, hard work, and how to be a champion in all aspects of life.

    • FredJ

      Great post Mark, I hope certain parents are reading.

  • ie baller

    The problem with today’s youth athlete is the parents. Every parent thinks their kid is the next big thing. Every parent that is paying for private lessons from so many hack private trainers and believes the load of crap they get fed that their kid is a super star in the making just to get a weekly handout, is hurting these kids more and more. Let the coaches coach. Quinley is by far one the top 5 coaches in the valley.