Head Coach: Dave Mallas
Coach Mallas Enter his 12th season as head coach for the Monarchs Baseball Program, Coach Mallas came from nearby Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar were he spent his First two seasons with team known as the Eagles, where he quickly established a winning record, Including a berth to the Super Regional in his second seasons with the Eagles. they played in 1st round with cuesta and beat them to move to super Regionals to play El Camino and lost that game. Coach Mallas has Spent the past 14 seasons as a Community college baseball head coach. He was a Asst. Coach at LA Harbor College from 2000 to 2003, He assisted many of his student athletes to the four-year level to continue their academic and baseball careers.
Arriving at Valley, he took the reins of a struggling LAVC program and quickly amassed a 23-16 record enroute them to a Western State Conference Southern Division championship in 2005. In 2005 they had a 1st round games which was a best of the three series with Cypress and lost to them in two games to end the Monarchs season. In 2010 he returned to post-season play, winning his second Western State Conference title, that when Monarchs played Rio Hondo in Best of the 3 Series in 1st round and we lost to them in 2 games to end our season. In 2012 he took the Monarchs to the postseason, as we played a wild card game against Bakersfield and beat them to move on to 1st round and played Orange Coast best of the three series, Orange Coast ended our season with a 2 game lost to us in the 1st round.
Today, Mallas is in search of players who are students of the game as well as willing to put their education first. He feels that players improve only if they set big yet realistic goals for themselves. “Personal improvement is the key,” he says, “for many student-athletes to be successful at what they do in life.”
A local product, Mallas is a Diamond Bar native; he played at Diamond Bar High School for four Years before transferring to Rancho Santiago Community College (now known as Santa Ana College) where he was part of the 1995 California Junior College State Championship team. in 1996, he moved to California State University, Chico where he earned his bachelors degree. In 1997, while playing for the Wildcats, he enjoyed a successful run at the national championship. Following graduation, Mallas transferred to Azusa Pacific University where he received his Masters in Education.
Mallas' responsibilities at the college include supervising the Adaptive Physical Education Center and teaching kinesiology. During his off time, Coach Mallas enjoys family life with his son, Tyson, 12; his daughter, Haley, 8; and his wife Ginger.
Assistant Coach: Chris Johnson
Coach Johnson enters his 30th season with the Monarchs' baseball program. Prior to Valley College, Coach Johnson was a asst. coach at both Ventura College (1979) and Cal State University, Northridge in 1980-1985. With the Matadors, Coach Johnson worked with Hall of Fame Coach Bob Heigert. During that five year stint (1980-85), he worked with the hitters, helping the team gain a national championship in 1984. Arrving in Valley Glen in 1986, he was the asst coach in 1986-1988 it wasn't long before he took over the head coaching position three years later in 1989, where he remained until 2004.
A Camarillo native, Johnson went to Camarillo High School before moving to Ventura College where he received an associate’s degree in liberal arts in 1979. It was there an injury forced an early end to his baseball playing career in 1978, but also provided an early start to his coaching career in 1979. He continued his education at CSUN where he earned his bachelors and Masters degrees in sports psychology and physical education in late 1970's and early 1980's.
Coach Johnson lives in Chatsworth and during his days off, enjoys spending time with family and friends. He lives with his wife Denise, who works as an instructor at Heritage Christian (formerly Los Angeles Baptist High School) and his daughter Shauna (29) currently the head softball coach and athletic administrator at Campbell Hall. His son, Tyler (25), is a former pitcher for the Oakland A’s organization. Johnson also spends time watching baseball and other sports at Valley, on television, and at live events.
Assistant Coach: Tyler Johnson
Assistant Coach: Rick Marino
Coach Marino enters his 9th season as assistant coach for the Monarchs' baseball program. Marino came from Glendale College as a pitching coach (he served there for five years); his resume now includes 19 years of coaching. Marino also coached at Burroughs High School for seven years as an assistant coach.
Born and raised in Glendale, Marino played baseball there at both Glendale High School and Glendale College, At Glendale College , he was part of the 1980 Western State Conference championship team, where he received his Associate of Arts degree. He later he moved to the University of La Verne where in 2001, he earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology.
Coach Marino also works as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds, He current lives in Burbank, and when gets a day off, enjoys life with his 26-year-old daughter, Nicole. It should be noted that A dedicated fan of the Los Angeles Kings, he's been a season ticket holder for 29 years.
Team Manager: Joe Hernandez
A local Product, Joe Hernandez enters his 7th season as team manager for the Monarchs' baseball program. Hernandez came to LAVC from Birmingham High School, having Earned his high school diploma in 2002. After taking a basketball class (where he met former athletic director Dee Stark), he was hired and fell in love with the athletic and kinesiology department.
During Hernandez' LAVC baseball program journey, he got off to an explosive start, helping the team score a Western State Conference Southern Division Championship in 2010 and later a playoff berth in 2012. His overall record at Valley College is 95-122-3. Joe Hernandez helps Coach Mallas with student-athletes get to the four-year to continue their academic and baseball careers.
Today, Hernandez serves as assistant to the athletic director, Jim Fenwick, year and the athletic training department. He formerly played a key role with the women’s basketball program with Coach Jay Warner in 2009-2010, and Coach Monica Hang’s team during the 2010-2015 seasons. During her 4th season with the program, the powerhouse team won back to back WSC Southern Division titles. Additionally, Hernandez worked as an assistant to men’s basketball coach Virgil Watson during his first two seasons at Valley College, helping them earn a playoff berth in the 2009-2010 season.
Hernandez also works with the women’s soccer program, helping Head Coach Greg Venger and his coaching staff, He helped the program make history and clinch a playoff berth this past season for the first time in the program's history. A part- time staff member, he worksin the Kinesiology Department assisting Coach Mallas in the Adaptive Gym.
Hernandez lives in Northridge where he enjoys spending time off with family and friends. He enjoys watching sports and other live events.