Varsity Head Coach: Gerardo Perez
Long time local coach Gerardo Perez will take the reigns of the tradition rich Gahr program. After serving twelve years at Cerritos College, Fullerton College, and Loyola Marymount University, Coach Perez will attempt to continue the legacy of Tom Bergeron. In his only year as the Cerritos College head coach, Perez took his team to a Conference Championship and one game from playing in the Final Four. Ten members from that squad went on to four-year colleges. In his seven years as assistant coach at Cerritos, twenty-three pitchers went to four-year colleges or signed professional contracts. Six of his seven season, his staff led the conference in ERA.
As a player, Perez was an ALL-Conference selection at Loyola Marymount as a catcher and third baseman (1990-92) Upon graduation, Coach Perez was also a member of the Cerritos College team which won the 1989 State Championship, the school’s ninth and most recent championship.
Coach Perez received his Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount in Business and his Master’s in Health at St. Mary’s. He most recently finished his credential in Special Education from Azuza Pacific University. Coach Perez credits Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton and UC Irvine head coach Dave Serrano for is success in coaching and teaching.
Coach Perez is a graduate of Cerritos High School but is quick to point out his wife Kelly is a notable Gahr alum. Kelly played softball for Gahr and continued on to UCLA winning three nation championships. Kelly has been a part of the coaching staff at UCLA and recently won the 2010 national championship as head coach. Coach Perz, Kelly, their son Michael, and daughter Kylie reside in Cerritos.
Varsity Assistant Coach: Jose "Pep" Miranda
After five season coaching alongside Gerardo Perez, and one year coaching under him as his first assistant, Perez was able to secure the services of Jose Miranda for yet another program. While at Cerritos College (1997-2003), Jose was in charge of the hitters as well as the outfielders. Coach “Pep” was responsible for the day-to-day offensive workouts of the hitters, preparing them for each game. Miranda was also responsible for training and positioning the outfielders, a job once held by the late Ron Hauczinger. During his time at Cerritos, the Falcons either won the conference outright, or shared the title every year he was there.
Jose was an All-League performer at Lynwood High School before deciding to follow his brother Tony to Cerritos College. After an average freshman year where he hit .280 as part of a platoon in the outfield, Coach Pep broke out in his second year where he anchored the lineup and helped lead the Falcons to the State Championship Final. For his efforts, he was awarded 1st Team All-Conference, All-Southern California, as well as earning Team Captain, and Dallas Moon Awards.
After Cerritos, Pep earned a scholarship to Cal State University, Northridge where he helped capture a WAC Championship his junior year. Once again, Jose’s first year at Northridge was average, hitting .350 with 17 2B, 55 RBI’s, and only 3 HR due to him playing most of the season with torn ligaments in his left wrist. Once again Coach Miranda came back with a vengeance in his senior season hitting .407 with 15 doubles, 90 RBI’s and an impressive 25 homeruns, earning him All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
After 5 seasons of professional baseball, Jose decided to go back to Northridge to complete his B.A. in Pan-African Studies. Jose credits coaches Dave Serrano (Irvine), Mike Batesole (Fresno State), as well as former coaches Rey Sanchez and Jim Yogi for his success as a player and coach. Jose is single and resides in Lynwood.
Gary Moreno, Varsity Asst. Coach
Jake Faria, Varsity Pitching Coach
Keith Schwecke, Junior Varsity Coach
Syl Lucas, Junior Varsity Coach
Aaron Nebergall, Frosh Soph Coach
George Sanchez, Frosh Soph Coach
Daniel Reitz, Player Development
Master Joe Park, Mental Trainer
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