January 2010



Congratulations to coach Bob Zamora of Capistrano Valley High School and coach Manny Alvarado of Kennedy High School for winning the Tommy Lasorda Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last night, the Dodgers partnered with Farmers Insurance and the C.I.F. to host a reception for local high school baseball coaches. I’d like to thank Farmers for all their support as this event is one of my yearly favorites.

High school baesball coaches are the unsung heroes.  Not only are they responsible for teaching the game of baseball, they are are also responsible for helping to prepare their young players for college, and for the game of life.

Coach Zamora and coach Alvarado have done just that.  Zamora enters his 33rd season as head coach of Capistrano Valley with an overall record of 582-274-5, guiding the Cougars to 15 South Coast League titles and six C.I.F. championships. In 2009, he guided Capistrano Valley to a No. 1 ranking in California by MaxPreps Sports and a C.I.F. title. Under his leadership, 30 Capistrano Valley alumni have been drafted and signed by professional teams, while over 100 have played in the collegiate ranks.

Alvarado enters his 22nd year as head coach at John F. Kennedy High School, having won more than 400 games, more than a dozen league titles and five city championships. His teams have been recognized at both the state and national levels, finishing the 1996 season ranked No. 1 in California. Alvarado has coached numerous players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues including Jon Garland, Garret Anderson and Terrmel Sledge.

Congratulations guys, and keep up the good work.