For Ron Scott, 2017 marks his 29th season as head baseball coach at Fresno City College. Following a distinguished prep coaching career, Scott succeeded the legendary Len Bourdet who retired following a successful 1988 season. Scott not only followed the California Community College Baseball Hall of Famer, he surpassed his total to become the winningest coach in FCC baseball history. Between them there are 1,609 FCC victories since 1958!
Scott, is the winningest baseball coach in Northern California with 887 wins
Over 27 seasons, Scott has guided the Rams to a state championship in 1992, a second-place finish in 2001 and six third-place finishes at the California Community College Baseball Championships (Final Four).
The Rams were also ranked No. 2 in the nation in 2005.
Scott has also coached the Rams to six Northern California championships as well as 18 conference titles.
The 1992 state champions finished 45-7, the best in FCC baseball history.
Scott’s overall record entering 2015 is 887-326 and 467-120 in conference games.
His career win total ranks him in the top four in state history and he enters the 2015 campaign in the top three among all active coaches.
Seven Rams that played for Scott and his staff have advanced to the major leagues: Pitchers Jaime Cerda, Ted Lilly, Bill Simas, Shad Williams, and Marcus Walden as well as infielders Jason Wood and Sean Halton.
In his 27 seasons, the Rams have finished third or higher in conference standings and have been in post-season competition every year.
Since his first season with the Rams, Scott has placed an astonishing number of players, 43, on the All-America list, at least one every year. Five of them were two-time All-Americans: Sean Halton, Andy Underwood, Jon Asahina, Sam Lopez, Lance Backowski and Jason Wood.
A community college baseball star at Canada College, Scott transferred to the University of Miami where he helped lead the Hurricanes to the College World Series championship game (Final Score: USC 7, Miami 4.) Scott was selected All-Tournament catcher.
He also played on the USA baseball team that won the 1974 World Games for which he received a gold medal.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State and his master’s from Fresno State as well as his teaching credential.
He has two daughters, Amanda, 36, a four-time All-American softball player at Fresno State; and Courtney, 32, a two-time All-American catcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Both Scott sisters played on NCAA championship teams.
Amanda is in her third season as the head softball coach at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Courtney is in her fourth year as an assistant softball coach at Louisville.
Ron, his wife, Rebecca, and her sons, Parker and Kyle, reside in Fresno.
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Assistant Coach: ERIC SOLBERG
Head coach Ron Scott quickly points toward Solberg as one key reason why the Rams have continued the high degree of success started by Len Bourdet in 1958. Solberg’s guidance of FCC pitchers through the past 20 plus seasons has resulted in four of them (Shad Williams, Bill Simas, Ted Lilly and Jaime Cerda) reaching the major leagues. This has enhanced and solidified his reputation as a premier pitching coach.
A fulltime member of the FCC physical education department, Solberg has done an outstanding job as head men’s soccer coach when he isn’t teaching the FCC pitchers what it takes to be successful on the mound.
He and his wife, Paige and daughter Kelly, reside in Fresno. Their older daughter Erica and her husband, Micah, live in Fresno and have blessed the Solbergs with two grandchildren. Younger daughter, Kelly resides in Eugene, Oregon.
"Eric is the backbone of our baseball program. He has the uncanny ability to improve pitchers both physically and mentally. He prepares them for the next level. He has had a major impact on the success of FCC baseball," said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: DARIN GHIMENTI
Ghimenti begins his eleventh year on the FCC staff assisting with the outfielders. During games, he also signs from the third base coaching box.
A member of the 1987 and 1988 Rams, he was a First Team All-Central Valley Conference selection as a sophomore. He also has a new role relaying signs from the third base coaching box. A member of the 1987 and 1988 Rams, he was a First Team All-CVC pick as a sophomore. He then transferred to San Diego State and also played one year at Fresno State where he received his bachelor’s degree.
For the past 19 years, he has been a full-time physical education teacher at El Capitan Middle in the Central Unified School District. Prior to that, he was an assistant baseball coach at Clovis High for five years and coached one year at Buchanan High.
He and his wife, Sheila, a former FCC softball player, have two children, Evan and Tara. They reside in Clovis.
"Coach G does a great job with our outfielders and is an outstanding third base coach. He brings a great deal of energy to the game and is extremely prepared for each day. His enthusiasm is felt by both the student athletes and the coaching staff. Being a former player and now a coach, Darin is a true Ram," said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: MIKE NOAKES
Retired from fulltime teaching in the Fresno and Central Unified School Districts, Noakes is now in his eleventh year as an FCC assistant. During games you will find him coaching first base for the Rams. A legendary and highly-successful prep coach, his teams won 15 league championships and five CIF Central Section championships. His 1980 and 1993 Bullard High teams were No.1 in the nation.
He coached five players who are former major leaguers, including former Rams David Meier and Steve Ellsworth. Noakes shuttled many other former Bullard High Knights and Central High Grizzlies to FCC. In doing so, this added to the Rams lofty level of success.
Playing for, and assisting, local legends also paid personal dividends for Noakes. He played at Fresno High for Ollie Bidwell, at FCC for Len Bourdet and was a graduate assistant for the late Pete Beiden at Fresno State. Like the three above, he is a member of the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also in the Bullard High Baseball Hall of Fame and the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Noakes received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a master’s degree from Fresno State. He and his wife Claudia, have four grandchildren. They reside in Fresno.
"Coach Noakes is a tremendous assett to our program. Beside bringing a wealth of knowledge, his passion for the game is reflected by the way our student athletes perform. He is the ultimate competitor," said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: BART SELMA
Selma, a former Ram like his late father, Dick, knew as a little boy all about what it means to put on the FCC Red and White when his dad helped Len Bourdet coach the Rams. He grew up in Fresno and played at Fresno High for Ken Papi.
After graduating from FHS, he played two years at FCC from 1984- 1986. His first coaching job was as an assistant to Bourdet from 1987- 1988. He also was an assistant coach at Clovis High when the Cougars won their first Valley Championship in 1995. Now in his tenth year of his second tour on the FCC staff, he will be responsible for the infielders and assist with the hitters.
Bart is in his 15th year as a physical education teacher at John Sutter Middle School in Fowler and is also Sutter’s director of athletics. He and his wife Tanja, reside in Clovis with their son, Quentin, who attends Alta Sierra Middle School. Daughter Courtney is a freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"Bart does a great job with our infielders and hitters. He has our defense prepared for every pitch as his ability to pick up the tendencies of the opposing hitters is second to none. If we win a state championship in the future, I think the happiest people on the field will be coach G and coach Selma," said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: Scott Buss
Another former Ram on the staff, this is Buss’s second turn as he assisted Coach Scott in his first season, 1989. He will assist Coach G with the hitters and outfielders. An FCC Ram for the 1981 and 1982 seasons, Buss was Northern California ‘Player of the Year’ as a sophomore. Buss improved at the next level playing at Fresno State in 1983 and 1984 where he hit .409 as a senior. Buss played four years of minor league baseball in the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians systems.
Since 1988, Buss has been a fulltime Fresno financial advisor for the firm of Merrill Lynch. In early February, Buss and his wife, Susan celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two sons: Zack 23, and Connor, 20. Connor played the past two seasons at FCC and has transferred to Sonoma State where he is a redshirt member of the baseball team. Scott and Susan reside in Fresno.
“Scott brings a lot to our program. He is passionate about hitting and has a tireless work ethic. He was extremely successful as both an outfielder and hitter and is an outstanding instructor in both of these areas. He really relates well with the players. We are lucky to have him on our staff. ” – Ron Scott
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