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RALPH GRAJEDA

Varsity Head Coach

Coach Grajeda, begins his 4th year as the skipper of the Thunderbirds and 23rd year coaching baseball in California. Under Coach Grajeda , Yucaipa has continued the legacy left by Hall of Fame Coach, Jeff Stout. In Grajeda's first season, Yucaipa won a 2018 CIF-SS D2 Title and set the school's most wins mark for a single-season w/a 28-5 overall record. For the programs efforts, he was named "COACH OF THE YEAR" in 2018 by the San Bernardino County Sun, Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association and by CIF-SS as the "D2 Coach of the Year". In 4 years under Coach Grajeda, Yucaipa is 81-26, w/2 Citrus Belt League Titles (2020 season cancelled due to COVID), ranked as high as #8 nationally, placed 3rd in the prestigious Boras Classic Tournament in 2019, led the 2019 CIF-SS D1 ranks in Hitting w/a  .347 BA (MaxPreps) and produced the 2018 CIF-SS D2 "PLAYER OF THE YEAR" in Tyson Heaton.

One of Coach Grajeda's goals is to help promote and place players on to colleges...currently the Yucaipa Baseball Program has seen 23 student-athletes move on to college baseball rosters; 16 of those players have been D1 commits. "I'm a firm believer in rewarding student-athletes that create a body of work on the field and in the classroom. We feel it's this program's main focus to 'develop character and instill a skillset that will translate at the four-year level and in life'. We want our players to become successful leaders, husbands, fathers and men."

Coach Grajeda lives in the City of Yucaipa and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National High School Baseball Coaches Association (NHSBCA), California Baseball Coach Association (CBCA) and the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association (IECBA).

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COACH WALTERS 2021

Varsity Pitching Coach

CHRIS WALTERS

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Varsity Infield Coach

KENNARD KAPONO

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Varsity Outfield Coach

KYLE KELLY

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JV Assistant Coach

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Freshmen Head Coach

ALEX RODRIGUEZ

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Freshman Pitching Coach

CODY WESTPHAL