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Head Coach: Dave Mallas

Coach Mallas Enter his 11th season as head coach for the Monarchs Baseball Program, Coach Mallas arrived following a stint at nearby Los Angeles Mission College, where he quickly established a winning record, Including a berth in the Super Regional in his first two seasons. Coach Mallas has Spent the past 13 seasons as a Community college baseball head coach. 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 2010 he returned to post-season play, winning his second Western State Conference title. In 2012 He took the Monarchs to the postseason.

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.

During his off time, Coach Mallas enjoys family life with his son, Tyson, 11; his daughter, Haley, 7; and his wife Ginger.

 Assistant Coach: Chris Johnson         

Coach Chris Johnson enters his 27th season with the Monarchs' baseball program. Prior to Valley College, Johnson coached an additional ten years at both Ventura College (1979) and Cal State University, Northridge. With the Matadors, Johnson worked with Hall of Fame Coach Bob Heigert. During that six year stint (1980-85), he worked with the hitters, helping the team gain a national championship in 1984. Arrving in Valley Glen in 1986, it wasn't long before he took over the head coaching position two years later 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. It was there an injury forced an early end to his baseball playing career, but also provided an early start to his coaching career. He continued his education at CSUN where he earned his bachelors and Masters degrees in sports psychology and physical education.

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 (28) currently the head softball coach and athletic administrator at Campbell Hall. His son, Tyler (24), is playing baseball for the Oakland A’s organization in the minor leagues. Johnson also spends time watching baseball and other sports at Valley, on television, and at live events.

Assistant Coach: Rick Marino

Coach Marino enters his 7th 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 18 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 25-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 28 years.

Assistant Coach: MIguel Gomez
Coach Gomez enters his 3rd season as an assistant baseball coach for the Monarchs. Prior to LAVC, Gomez was an assistant at Birmingham High School from 2010-2011 and at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School from 2011-2012.

Coach Gomez was born in Mission Hills and is a graduate of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, where he played baseball for four years and basketball for one. Gomez played for Monarchs' Head Coach Dave Mallas at Mission College in 2004 and Valley College in 2005 where he was a two-time all-conference selection. Gomez then transferred to New Mexico Highlands University where he started 28 of 29 games at shortstop for the Cowboys before suffering a tragic career ending accident.

Coach Gomez is an NASM certified personal trainer and is currently working at LA Fitness. Gomez also works as an assistant in the Adaptive gym program here at Valley College. During Coach Gomez day off, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, and going to live events and watching sports. 

Assistant Coach: Brian Baisch

Coach Baisch enters his 2nd season as assistant coach for the Monarchs' baseball program; this marks his 10th season at the community college level.  Prior to coaching at Valley College, Baisch spent two season ago as the head coach at Yuba College in Northern California where he had a 21-win season. It marked the first time Yuba had more than 14 wins in 15 years. 

During the 2012 season at College of the Desert, Baisch was the pitching coach where he had two all-conference pitchers and four pitchers who received scholarships.  He has also coached at Santa Ana College for four years, finishing in the top eighth in the state from 2005-2008. At Santa Ana, Baisch prepared 30 pitchers for the next level (20 to Division I, and 7 drafted with three of them still pitching professionally, one currently a starter for the Atlanta Braves).  Prior to Santa Ana, Coach Baisch was the pitching coach at Los Angeles Mission College with Head Coach Mallas in 2003 & 2004.  There, he helped take the baseball program to the second round of the playoffs in 2004.  In those two years, Baisch had six pitchers move on to the university level, two to Division I, and two drafted by the Major Leagues. One is currently a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Other notable baseball experiences include coaching in the Alaskan College Summer league, Northwoods College Summer League in the Midwest, and camps at USC, USD, and Cal State Fullerton respectably.  Baisch started his college career as a left-handed pitcher/first baseman at Rancho Santiago College/Santa Ana College where he played and later coached for Don Sneddon, the coach that currently holds the baseball wins record for California Community Colleges.  While playing for Sneddon, he won back-to-back state titles.  Baisch continued his career at Chico State University in 1997 & 1998 on a scholarship, where he was second on the team in appearances as well as having pitched in the World Series Championship game where Chico State won the title in 1997.  Coach Baisch was going 4 for 4 in 1998 where the team came up a little short and went 2-2 in the Division II College World Series. 

Baisch teaches adaptive gym, health and other classes for the LA Valley College Kinesiology department. On his day off, he enjoys living in Sherman Oaks, where he enjoys watching sporting events, with family and friends. 

Assistant Coach: Sean Thompson

Coach Thompson enters his 2nd season as assistant coach for the Monarchs Baseball program. Thompson comes to Valley College from LA Mission College where he served as an assistant coach. Thompson also owns and operates  On Deck Baseball in Santa Clarita, California, where he works with baseball players of all levels.

As a player, Thompson went to Westlake High School and graduated in 1985, He went to Moorpark College where he red-shirted in 1987 before transferring to Valley College where he played his sophomore year in 1988. Following a stellar season he was spotted by George Genovese and drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 29th round. His first stop was the Pioneer League where he played for the Pocatello Giants, before moving to the Cal League and the Salinas Spurs. At Salinas he played for Heidi Koga, the first Japanese native to manage in American professional baseball, paving the way for the likes of Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, and Kazuhiro Sasaki. During the off-season, Thompson attended Cal State Northridge as a communication major.

During Coach Thompson day off, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, Going to live events, and watching sports on television or in person.

Team Manager: Joe Hernandez

A local product, Joe Hernandez enters his 6th season as team manager for the Monarchs’ baseball program. Hernandez came to LAVC from Birmingham High School after earning his diploma in 2002. After taking a basketball class (where he met former Athletic Director Dee Stark), he was hired and fell in love with Valley’s Athletic and Kinesiology Department.

During Hernandez LAVC baseball journey, he got off to an explosive start, helping the team score a conference title (2010) and later a playoff berth (2012).  Joe Hernandez helps Coach Mallas with student athletes to 4 year level, to continue their academics and baseball careers.

Today, Hernandez serves as assistant to the athletic director (Jim Fenwick) and athletic training department. He also plays a key role in assisting women’s basketball coach Monica Hang’s team, the powerhouse that won back-to-back Western State Conference Southern Division titles the past two seasons. Additionally, he’s worked as an assistant to men’s basketball coach Virgil Watson. He also works in the Kinesiology Department assisting the professors in health, other classes and adaptive gym with Coach Mallas.

Hernandez lives in Northridge where he enjoys spending time off with family and friends. he enjoys watching sports and other live events. 

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Last Updated: 12/21/14