Bob Myers Named New Baseball Coach

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El Vaquero Staff Writer

Glendale Community College has hired Bob Myers to coach the Vaqueros baseball team.
Myers is replacing Jon Strauss, who resigned in July to take the position of assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University.

Myers, who says he is ready to bring in a fresh dose of leadership to the GCC baseball team, says his main goals are to continue with the traditions of the team and help the team win another championship.
The Vaqueros finished 34-13 last season, setting a school record for wins and winning their second consecutive Western State Conference title.

“My biggest thing as a new coach is for us to get to know a little bit about each other,” Myers said. “The players don’t really know that much about me and I don’t really know much about them.”

Myers, who is now getting the team ready for the Spring 2003 season, will be assisted by coaches Chris Cicuto, Vince Iuculano and Andy Saltsman.

Myers played baseball for Los Alamitos High School before attending Long Beach City College, where Myers finished with a 2.90 ERA.

Myers, 30, played in 31 games for the Azusa Pacific Cougars in two seasons, ending at 3-3. He went 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in 1995, when Azusa went 35-12 then advanced to the NAIA Western Regional. He finished his college baseball career at Azusa when he graduated in 1995 and later coached on the same staff as his father, Bob, in 2001.

The elder Myers has more than 50 years coaching experience himself. His career background includes time with the San Francisco giants and the Atlanta Braves.

Myers was also the coach and manager for the Alaska Summer League’s Matsu Miners from 1998 to 2001.
“It was fun,” Myers said of his experience coaching in Alaska. “It was a good experience.”
He also managed the Chatham A’s in the Cape Cod League this summer.

The Vaqueros finished 34-13 last season, setting a school record for wins and winning their second consecutive Western State Conference title.

This story was printed on Page 5 of the Sept. 3 issue of El Vaquero.