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: 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.
Assistant Coach: MIguel Gomez
Coach Gomez enters his 4th 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: Casey Ryan
Coach Ryan enters his first season as assistant coach for the Monarchs' men’s baseball program. He also serves as an assistant to Coach Mallas in the Adaptive Gym.
A product of nearby Burbank, Ryan is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, where he played baseball for four years. He was a part of the 2008 team that captured the first CIF title in school history and the 2009 team that won the Mission League title. There, Ryan was an All-League selection, and named to the National Anderson Classic All-Tournament Team.
Ryan played under Monarchs’ head coach Dave Mallas at Valley College from 2009-2011, part of the 2010 team that won the Western State Conference championship. During the 2011 season Ryan was selected as 1st team All-Conference, Team MVP, and led the state in stolen bases.
Ryan transferred to Cal State Los Angeles where he started in 102 of 103 games. He again was a part of history when the Golden Eagles won their first ever CCAA championship in 2012. Over his career at CSULA, Ryan was awarded the Team Offensive MVP and was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team. Coach Ryan concluded his career after heading overseas to play.
Assistant Coach: Garrett Rieck
Coach Rieck enters his 1st season as an assistant baseball coach for the Monarchs working primarliy with the pitching staff. Prior to LAVC, Rieck was an assistant at Yuba College for the 2012-2013 season.
Born in the San Fernando Valley and a graduate of Valencia High School (where he led his team to two Foothill League championships) Rieck was also a two-time All-Foothill League selection. Rieck went on to play one season for CSUN before transferring to Santa Ana College, where he posted an 8-1 record, leading the Dons to an Orange Empire Conference Championship. He then transferred to Chico State, where he helped his team claim the 2006 CCAA Conference championship, Western Region championship, and finish the season as runner-up to the 2006 Division II National championship. Coach Rieck was then drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the 2007 Amateur Baseball Draft. He was named to the New York Penn League (Class A) All-Star team in his rookie season and played a total of three seasons of professional baseball.
Rieck is an ACSM certified personal trainer with a Master of Arts Degree in Kinesiology. Rieck is currently an adjunct professor here at LAVC teaching classes in kinesiology, health and first aid/CPR. He also works as an assistant in the Adapted gym program at Valley College.
Coach Rieck currently resides in Santa Clarita with his fiancé McKinzie and enjoys spending his time off in the great outdoors, hiking, camping, cycling, and spending time with family and friends.
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.