Samuel Lopez has been named head baseball coach at Summit High School. The move was finalized at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
Lopez served as baseball coach at Bonita the past season. The Bearcats went 15-11 but were only 7-8 in Palomares League play which wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs.
That was his only season at that school. Before that he had spent five years at Carter, teaching and directing that baseball program.
He made the move to Summit late in the school year when a teaching position in his field (health and science) opened up. At that time the baseball position wasn’t open. He took the position to get bring him closer to home.
He lives in Fontana, not far from the school and is a 2001 graduate of A.B. Miller.
“I grew up in this community and it means a lot to me,” he said. “My kids play sports here and go to school here. To me there is a lot of pride in coming back to coach where I grew up.”
Summit is coming off a disappointing 6-18 showing with a 4-11 in Sunkist League play. But it was 15-12 the previous season. Kaiser has always been the top dog in the league and Lopez is looking forward to challenge the Cats.
“That’s the plan,” he said.