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Grizzlies pull off coaching coup

Drootin to coach Golden Valley baseball

Posted: September 27, 2008 11:12 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

For a baseball team that finished 3-21 last season and winless at 0-14 in the Foothill League, Golden Valley has already caught a big fish in the baseball coaching world.

Scott Drootin, a man who has 17 years of head coaching experience, was hired Friday to try and turn things around with the Grizzlies.

Drootin spent the past five seasons coaching Newbury Park High. In 1995, while coaching Calabasas, Drootin was named the Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Drootin also spent time coaching at Calabasas, Chaminade and other programs.

"He likes to rebuild programs," said Golden Valley co-athletic director Chris Printz. "He likes this area and is looking forward to the challenge of coaching in the Foothill League."

Drootin was not rehired by Newbury Park, who finished 16-13last season. Drootin led the Panthers to a Maramonte League championship in 2005 with a 20-7 record, and Newbury Park finished 20-7 again in 2006.

NPHS was in last place in 2004.

Chaminade won the Mission League with Drootin as head coach.

Golden Valley has had a few problems trying to get numbers into its program.

Former head coach Tom Hamilton resigned to take a steam plant assistant job with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

"It would start with numbers," Hamilton said. "There's not always enough kids to go around. We had 12 players on our varsity team. Normally you want to have 16 to 23. We had 34in our entire program."

Hamilton was a substitute teacher in the local area.

"I quit because I was a sub and I wasn't getting enough work," Hamilton said. "When this job came along, I had to take it."

Six Golden Valley players are gone due to graduation.

One of the top returners is Nick Rhoades, a senior who led GVHS with 14 runs batted in last season.


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