COS baseball coach Jody Allen reaches 700th victory milestone

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The College of the Sequoias baseball coach scored the 700th career victory on March 17, becoming the 13th coach in California community college history to achieve the milestone.

Allen needs 22 more wins to pass former Fresno City coach Len Bourdet for 12th on the career list, and 53 wins to pass former Cerritos and Long Beach City coach Ken Gaylord. for an all-time top 10. Current Fresno City coach Ron Scott leads the state in career wins with 1,084 wins.

“I’m very grateful and proud of what we’ve accomplished here,” said Allen, who is now 701-477-4 in his 29th season at Sequoias. “But you know what, there were also people who accomplished it here before me. You have the Roy Taylors, the Burt Holts (both former Sequoias coaches and members of the CCCBCA Hall of Fame). The program was established by great baseball players. And I feel lucky to have been able to come in and be the next step. And you know, there’s going to be someone after me, and I hope they take it and make a great work.

Allen was honored for the feat ahead of the Giants’ 5-3 home win over Reedley on March 19 in a ceremony hosted by 24-year-old team photographer and record holder Bob Craine. With his family, players, assistant coaches and program supporters gathered around home plate, Craine presented Allen with a custom printed bat commemorating the milestone, while his players displayed a sign congratulating Allen on his 700th victory.

“I have respect not only for the coach he is, but even more for the man he is,” said Bo Champlin, Allen’s former assistant coach from 2013 to 2014, who was present at the event. ceremony. “Longevity reflects on him as a person. Jody understands that. Yes, you coach these kids in baseball, but you also teach them how to be young men. He holds the kids accountable. A lot of coaches do that more. They talk, but they don’t all follow the march.”

A team captain at Fresno State in 1986 for legendary former Bulldogs coach Bob Bennett, Allen launched his community college coaching career as an assistant to Jack Hacker at Kings River Community College in 1987. After three seasons at Reedley, Allen came to Sequoias in 1990 as an assistant to Al Branco.

Since being named Sequoias head coach in 1994, Allen has led the Giants to five conference titles, seven seasons of at least 30 wins, 14 playoff appearances and two trips to the last four. State.

College of the Sequoias head coach Jody Allen cheers on his players in their game against Golden West College on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

“I just think COS has been a great place to work. I’ve had a lot of really good support over the years, especially where we are now with the administration and what they’re doing,” said Allen. “It’s a team effort. If you don’t have assistant coaches, you don’t have players, you don’t have administration, you don’t have a nice ballpark, and yeah, you kind of steer this, and you hope you steer it in the right direction. But without the support of all these players, and all this staff and all that, you’re really not able to pull it off. And you know what, I’ve seen a lot of good coaches come. I’ve seen a lot of good coaches in other places, and they don’t have what we have here.

Allen credits the hard work of his players – on the field and academically – to his success.

“That says a lot for a lot of really good players,” Allen said. “You hope what you do develops young men. The wins take care of themselves if you take care of the business. We try to teach the game properly. We try to make sure they take care of the business. Classroom business.A byproduct of people’s productivity.Most of them will end up working for a living, and if they learn to train here, hopefully that will help.

The Giants gave Allen the No. 700 win with a gritty 8-6 win at Reedley on March 17 that ended a three-game losing streak.

Sequoias took the lead and gave it up four times before Jackson Brooks (Exeter High) hit a two-out triple that brought home Jimmy Wallace (Showlow, Arizona) and Tyler Kiggens (Washington Union-Easton) with the green light. the start of the ninth inning. JT Friesen (Immanuel-Reedley) threw a scoreless bottom of the ninth to close it out.

College of the Sequoias baseball coach Jody Allen earned the 700th career victory March 17, becoming the 13th coach in California community college history to achieve the milestone.

The Giants (15-11 overall, 7-5 Central Valley Conference) picked up back-to-back victories as they followed up Allen’s 700th birthday celebration with a 5-3 victory over Reedley on March 19.

Sequoias led 3-0 in six innings – getting a scoreless start in four innings from Tyce Ochs (Golden West) – before Reedley rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh.

But Brooks persuaded a base-loaded walk, and Lee Trevino (Redwood) followed with a sacrificial fly as the Giants regained the lead late in the seventh.

Jumper Hartman (El Diamante) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Friesen did the same in the ninth – both aided by double-playing grounders – to help Sequoias hold on. Hartman picked up his first win while Friesen made his sixth save.

“It’s been a huge week for us,” Allen said. “We’re going to try to build momentum and get this thing rolling.”

The Giants will be inactive for 10 days before resuming conference play at 2 p.m. on March 29 against visitors West Hills-Coalinga (9-15, 4-6).

Sequoias trails CVC-leading Fresno City (15-5, 7-1) by four games and second-placed Merced (15-8, 7-3) by two games heading into the second half of conference play. The Giants have four games against Fresno City (April 5, 7, 9 and 21) and one against Merced (April 26).

The Giants won the CVC Championship last season, going 20-4 against the four teams (Fresno City, Merced, Reedley and Taft) that elected to play after Covid-19 restrictions eased. The state playoffs were canceled in 2021 due to pandemic safety measures.

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