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 3 years under Coach Grajeda, Yucaipa is 60-16, 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 current BYU Cougar 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).