ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Baseball has its newest Head Coach with the recent hiring of former Chico State Assistant Coach, John Carrion. Carrion brings a wealth of experience, a connection to the Bay Area, and a track record of success with him to the Menlo College campus.
"I'm very excited to bring John on as our next head baseball coach," said Director of Athletics Keith Spataro. "He has a proven track record of success both on and off the field and he is a great fit for our department and the direction we are going."
In his two seasons as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Div. II Chico State, Carrion helped lead the team to back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships resulting in two trips to the NCAA National Tournament. In those two seasons, the Wildcats amassed an 80-33 overall record and led all of Division II in fielding percentage at an impressive .983.
Prior to coming to Chico, Carrion served as head coach at Holy Names University in Oakland from 2012-2015. He had the privilege of being the first head baseball coach in the school's history, building the program from the ground up. While at Holy Names, Carrion's Hawks gained a reputation as a tough, hard-nosed team that came to compete every day at a high level, posting series wins against some of the top teams in the West Region including Pacific West Conference powerhouses Cal Baptist and Azusa Pacific. During his time at Holy Names he also established the programs Strength and Conditioning program and worked on the administrative side as an Assistant Athletics Director.
"I'm excited to work with such a tight knit athletic department at Menlo," noted Carrion. "It is great to see the strides that the department and baseball program have made in recent history and I'm very excited to lead the program forward as both a coach and mentor."
His previous coaching resume includes stints as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, UC Davis, the head coach of the Tubingen Hawks Baseball Club in Germany, and assistant positions at both Cal State East Bay and Yuba College.
John played his collegiate baseball for two years at Solano College before finishing his final two years at UC Davis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Communications from UC Davis and a Master of Kinesiology and Physical education from Cal State East Bay.
"I would like to thank Keith Spataro for the opportunity to lead the program and the staff of coaches for making me feel welcome from day one. I'm excited to get to work and continue the growth of the baseball program here at Menlo College."