RALPH GRAJEDA

Varsity Head Coach

Coach Grajeda, begins his 5th 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/3 Citrus Belt League Titles (2020 season cancelled due to COVID), produced 3 Citrus Belt League MVP's  (2018 Tyson Heaton, 2019 Tyson Heaton  & 2021 Jacob Riemer), 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" 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 26 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).