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 All-Time winningest baseball coach in Northern California with 948 wins entering the 2017 season
Scott is the 3rd All-Time winningiest coach in California Community College baseball
Over 28 seasons, Scott has guided the Rams to a State Championship in 1992, a second-place finish in 2001, six third-place finishes and one fourth place finish in the California Community College Baseball State Championships Final Fours
The Rams were ranked No. 2 in the nation in 2005.
Scott has also coached the Rams to six Northern California Championships as well as 20 conference titles.
The 1992 State Champions finished 45-7, the best in school history.
Scott’s overall coaching record entering 2017 is 948-349, and he is 532-127 in conference games.
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 28 seasons, the Rams have finished third or higher in conference standings and have been in post-season competition every year. This is the longest streak among California Community College baseball teams.
Since his first season with the Rams, Scott has placed an astonishing number of players, 53, on the All-America list. Six of them were two-time All-Americans: Sean Halton, Andy Underwood, Jon Asahina, Sam Lopez, Lance Backowski and Jason Wood.
Scott was named the 1992 National Coach of the Year
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, where they lost to USC 7-3. Scott was selected All-Tournament Catcher.
He also played on the USA baseball team that won the 1974 World Games for which he won a Gold Medal. It was the first Gold medal received by a United States baseball team. He also caught for the Fairbanks Alaska Goldpanners which won the National Championship in the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1974.
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 & Courtney. Both girls won National Championships in softball. Amanda, a four time All-American, led Fresno State to the title in 1998. Amanda is in her first year as Head Coach at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Courtney, a two time All-American at Cal Berkeley, led the Bears to the 2001 National Championship. Courtney is in her second year as Head Coach at the University of Arkansas. Courtney and her husband, Joe, have a one year old son "Trip", who is already fundamentally sound from both sides of the plate.
Ron and his wife, Rebecca, have her two sons, Parker & Kyle. All reside in Fresno, CA.
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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 five of them (Shad Williams, Bill Simas, Ted Lilly, Jaime Cerda, and Marcus Walden) 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. Solberg has been the Head Men's Soccer Coach for 18 years. He has been the Conference Champion in 13 of these years. He also has guided the Rams soccer team to the State playoffs every year. He has advanced to the State Championships 7 times. He guided the Rams to two runner-up State Championship trophies, most recently this past 2016 season. Solberg was named the "2016 National Coach of the Year".
Eric and his wife Paige reside in Fresno. Their oldest daughter Erica and her husband Micah live in Fresno and have blessed them with two grandchildren, Josiah and Brinn. Their youngest daughter Kelly married former Ram, Mitch Karraker, and they reside in Eugene, Oregon.
"Eric is an outstanding coach, evidenced by being involved in 33 championships and 16 Final Four appearances in baseball and soccer. As our pitching coach, he has uncanny ability to improve our pitchers both physically and mentally. He prepares them for the next level. He has had a major impact on our success at Fresno City Colllege," said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: DARIN GHIMENTI
Coach Ghimenti begins his 19th year as an assistant coach on the FCC staff. He works with the infielders and is a hitting coach for the Rams. He also is the third base coach.
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.
Daren Ghimenti a physical education instructor at Rio Vista and has taught in the Central Unified School District for 23 years. 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. Evan is a junior at Clovis High School, where he plays baseball and soccer. This past 2017 soccer season, Evan was the goalkeeper on the Valley Champion Clovis High soccer team. His daughter, Tara, is a freshman at Clovis High School, where she plays soccer and is a member of the Golf team. The Ghimenti's reside in Clovis, CA.
"Coach G is one of the backbones of our program. He is a hard work worker and bring energy every day to the field. His enthusiasm is felt by both the players and coaches. His aggressive style of coaching third base has been very instrumental in the success of our program. Being a former player and now 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. Coach Noakes is the all time winningest high school baseball in the Valley with 706 wins.
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 is in his Senior year at Buchanan High School. He helped lead the Bears to the 2016 Valley Championships, and he was awarded "Offensive Player of the Year" in the Valley. He has received a baseball scholarship to California Berkeley where he will attend in the Fall. His daughter, Courtney, is studying to become a C.P.A., and she works for Price-Waterhouse in Los Angeles, CA.
"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: Sam Flores
Coach Flores enters his second season as a Rams Assistant Baseball Coach. As a player at Fresno City College in 1998 and 1999 Coach Flores was a member of back to back Conference Championship teams for the Rams. Coach Flores served as the Head Baseball Coach at Hoover High School from 2009-2015. His 2014 squad finished with a 20-7 record and won the North Yosemite League Championship, the 1st league baseball championship in 39 years at Hoover High. Fourteen Hoover High players moved on to two or four year schools under Coach Flores' tenure. Coach Flores has been a full-time teacher in Fresno Unified School District for the last 14 years. He currently teaches physical education at Hoover high.
Prior to his Head Coaching duties at Hoover high, Coach Flores served as an assistant coach at Edison High School (2002-2003, 2008) and Clovis West High School (2004-2007). While at Clovis West, Coach Flores was on a staff that guided the Golden Eagles to four consecutive Valley Championship appearances, winning a Valley Championship in 2004.
Coach Flores has also served as an assistant coach in various collegiate summer leagues with the Clovis Outlaws and Fresno Cardinals. Additionally, Coach Flores has extensive experience working numerous college showcase camps at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and through Trosky Baseball.
After playing at Fresno City College, Coach Flores moved on to CSU Stanislaus where he finished his playing career in 2001. He was second on the team in appearances as a pitcher during the 2001 season. He earned a BA in Physical Education from CSU Stanislaus. He is currently enrolled at Fresno Pacific University where he is finishing his MA in Kinesiology.
During the 2017 season, "Coach Flo" will work primarily with the outfielders as a position coach. He resides in Fresno with his fiancé Andrea Hall, step daughter Claire Hall (15), and a toddler son Cal Flores. When not on the baseball field, Coach Flo is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with family.
“Coach Flo has really energized the coaching staff in the two years he's been on our staff. He is working with the outfielders and is the lead recruiter for the Rams. He was just what we needed: a young, motivated, and hard working coach. The players just love him. ” – Ron Scott
Assistant Coach: Kurt Walker
Kurt Walker comes to Fresno City College after a very distinguished career as a pitcher. He was a graduate of Clovis High School in 1979, where he was 11-3 his senior year and was " The NYL Pitcher of the Year".
From there, Kurt went onto Fresno City College, where he had a career pitching record of 17-5. He led the Rams to a 3rd place finish in the state and was named 1st team all-state pitcher. He then went to Fresno State where he went 10-2 and was drafted and signed professionally with the Chicago White Sox. He had an outstanding six year professional career that saw him advance as high as AAA , one step from the Big Leagues.
Kurt and his wife Donna, have three children. He has a son Kyle, and twin daughters Kayla and Kacey. He is blessed with a grand daughter Kenady.
"We are so fortunate to have Kurt Walker working with our pitchers. He brings a wealth of knowledge, is really dedicated to his pitchers , and has a tremendous work ethic. He and Eric Solberg work so well together. If you are a young pitcher, I can't imagine a better situation to come into. Kurt is a tremendous asset to our program" said coach Scott.
Assistant Coach: Jamison Smith