Bishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez resigns

mendezBishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez, who guided the Lancers to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances in 2011 and ’12 before being upset in the second round this season, has resigned to pursue other softball coaching opportunities and a full-time position in his field. Mendez was 125-51 in six years as the head coach, leading the Lancers to four 20-win seasons and four league championships. Mendez, a walk-on coach at Bishop Amat, is looking for a position in a public school that offers a Regional Occupation Program teaching position, for which he is certified. Amat does not offer a ROP program.”I also plan on substituting in the Hacienda-La Puente school district,” Mendez said. “At Amat, you need to be there throughout the day, so it would be difficult to substitute and continue coaching. I loved it there and have a lot of great memories.” Mendez wanted to remain at Bishop Amat and the school wanted to keep him, but Mendez said it became difficult financially to continue. Mendez also organized the San Gabriel Valley All-Star game this past season. Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo said the school will offer a full-time teaching position, preferably in English or History, as part of a package deal for its next softball coach. Those interested should contact the school.

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  • 3and2

    Sorry to see him go. Coach Mendez really put a lot of time and hard work into the program and school. I hope the program doesn’t suffer because of the search for a candidate that is a “package deal.” The search for a qualified coach should be held to same standard as that on the boys side. If the best qualified candidate happens to teach English or History that should be a bonus not a requirement. Too many good players in the program to be babysat.

  • 12th man

    Mendez did a decent job considering many feel he should have exceeded expectations with the amount of talent he had the past few years, the package deal thing is a joke..don’t expect any “walk-ons” to come in & fill the void! Amat needs a true qualified coach who has experience coaching the 18gold from one of the top travel ball organizations here in So Cal..& no I don’t mean someone who stays off the main circuit & plays AFA,USSSA,or Triple Crown that’s another joke in itself..

  • COACH

    Hopefully NOW there will be a real coach that comes in, and can show these upcoming girls to play for the love of the game. Not by how much there parents have to put extra money in the coaches pocket. How difficult could have it really been financially with all the bribes taking place lol….

  • Observer

    Glad to see him go. He would only put the girls on his travel ball team on his varsity team. Never considered true talent. Welcome to the real world, if you wanna win it all!