Bonita baseball coach Samuel Lopez resigns after one year with the team; Delgado leaves for South Hills

Bonita baseball coach Samuel Lopez told his players Thursday that he is resigning after one year on the job, school officials confirmed. Lopez took over for longtime coach John Knott, who had built Bonita into a powerhouse and won a CIF title in 2012.
Lopez guided the Bearcats to a 15-11 overall record, but the Bearcats, accustomed to making deep playoff runs, failed to reach the Division 1 playoffs.
Lopez had left Carter High for Bonita after a successfull five-year tenure, compiling a 98-40 record, making the playoffs in all five years, and winning a league title three times. Sources said Lopez left to take another job closer to home. Also, senior-to-be Tommy Delgado, an infielder, transferred to South Hills. Delgado was injured for part of the season, but as a sophomore, he had a monster year, batting. 388 with five homers and 33 RBIs.

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  • reality

    Very disappointing. The pressure from parents must have been immense for a experienced coach to head for home after one season. You don’t replace a Knott easily.

    • FredJ

      Would be interesting if Bonita and Parisi talked about the job. He’s handled parents at Arcadia, turned Pasadena into a winner and took on La Salle, a private, and did a great job. He’s a Cal State Fullerton grad and going by his tweet, he’s already interested.

      • reality

        If great job at La Salle then why was he fired?

        • FredJ

          Good question, from what I heard, and this is some spectulation, is that La Salle pays a super salary for a baseball coach. So much that they expect baseball IS your full-time job, just like an employed teacher/coach. He’s still a teacher in Pasadena, and not sure he met full-time expectations as baseball only coach when he was technically a walk-on.