FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area Coaches
1. Jeff Stout, Yucaipa — The list of current and former Major Leaguers to come out of the sleepy mountainside community has a direct correlation to the man coaching its high school baseball team. Stout is 255-100-1 since 2005, and was winning 20 games a season well before the advent of internet, cell phones or Taijuan Walker.
2. Gary Rungo, Riverside Arlington — Currently enjoying the first weeks of retirement, going out with three CIF-Southern Section titles and 578 victories in 34 years. He totaled 13 20-win season, reached the CIF-SS playoffs 25 times, including 16 straight from ’89-04, and won titles in 1999, 2002, ’04.
3. Steve Madril, Riverside North — Turned the Huskies from a single-digit disappointment to a CIF-SS Division 1 champion in five years, winning the title in 2011. Madril had his best since 2012, claiming an Inland Valley League title, but is just 21 games above .500 (157-136) since ’07.
4. Glenn Prater, Riverside Woodcrest Christian — Small-school programs have a tendency to come and go, but Prater has crafted a cornerstone for the Royals athletic program, winning almost a handful of CIF-SS title while posting a 260-65 record since 2005.
Steve Alonso, Upland — Joins to group of tenured coaches retiring this season, was 209-103 since 2005.
Clint Ball, Riverside Ramona — Reclaimed a down-trodden mess, now cranking out league titles, pro prospects.
James Cordes, Redlands East Valley — Has had to put up with a lot while still putting up 20-win seasons.
John Knott, La Verne Bonita — Has not won fewer than 21 games since 2009.
Leon Baham, Fontana Jurupa Hills
Ty De Trinidad, Corona Santiago
Bill Eatinger, San Bernardino San Gorgonio
Gary Parcell, Norco
Ken Scott, Riverside King
Andy Wise, Corona