John Carrion Photo

John Carrion

Head Coach 1st season


John Carrion became Menlo College Baseball's Head Coach in May of 2017 bringing a wealth of experience, a connection to the Bay Area, and a track record of success with him to the Menlo College campus.

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.

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.


2018 Baseball Roster
# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
  Xian Covington-Hunt SO 1B 6-4 220 Benecia, Calif. Benecia HS
  Niko Dugay SO INF 5-8 165 Elk Grove, Calif. Laguna Creek HS
2 Jordan Tagawa JR RHP 5-6 160 Hilo, Hawaii Hilo High School
4 Ian Rice JR INF 6-0 210 Kamula, Hawaii Hawaii Prep Academy
8 Andrew Cox JR C 6-0 200 San Jose, Calif. Santa Teresa HS
9 Joe Gillette SR INF 6-3 200 Scotts Valley, Calif. Oregon State
15 Dalton Maxwell JR INF 5-10 185 Penn Valley, Calif. Nevada Union HS
16 Andrew Merken SR RHP 6-3 190 Lafayette, Calif. Washington State
17 Peter Saldana JR 1B/OF 6-1 205 Hesperia, Calif. Oak Hills HS
18 Emilio Guerra SO OF 5-11 165 San Jose, Calif. Evergreen HS
24 Taner Harrel SO LHP 6-2 205 Eugene, Ore. Sheldon HS
33 Justin Bruce SR RHP 6-0 180 San Jose, Calif. Santa Barbara City College
37 Alexander Thompson SO C/OF 6-1 210 Edmonds, Wash. Meadowwood HS
42 Daniel Betts SR RHP 6-2 190 San Bruno, Calif. Capuchino HS

Coaching Staff

John Carrion Photo
Head Coach
1st season
Nick White Photo
Assistant Coach
1st season
Victor Brankovich Photo
Head Performance Coach
1st season
Karl Reyes Photo
Asst. Performance Coach
1st season