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Pair of Golden Valley coaches step down

Baseball coach Scott Drootin resigns after five years; cross country's Marc Minasian also leaving

Posted: May 20, 2013 7:46 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2013 7:46 p.m.
 

Scott Drootin didn’t guide the Golden Valley Grizzlies baseball team to any championships, but he built up the program in many other ways.

On Monday, after five seasons as the team’s head coach, he stepped down due to professional obligations. Also resigning on Monday was Golden Valley cross country head coach Marc Minasian, who was with the school for one season.

“The administrators at Golden Valley have been amazing to work for,” Drootin said. “I am going to really miss the coaches in the Foothill League. They were all great baseball coaches and I appreciate all the hard work they do. I feel great about giving Golden Valley a great foundation to grow on and I think the future looks bright.”

Though the Grizzlies finished 3-23 this season and 2-13 for sixth place in the Foothill League, Drootin has helped usher in summer and winter offseason training sessions for the team that didn’t previously exist. In addition, the amount of players on the roster and the size of the booster club has expanded significantly under his tutelage, Drootin said.

“I’m an experienced coach and it’s something I’ve done all my career and I think the one thing you have to do to build a program is do all these things,” said Drootin, who came to Golden Valley with 17 previous years of head coaching experience.

He was the school’s fourth head baseball coach since the program's inception in 2004.

No coach before Drootin had stayed with the team for more than two years. In his five years, Golden Valley went 41-84-1 overall and 17-58-1 in Foothill League play.

During his tenure, five of his players went on to receive baseball scholarships at four-year colleges if you include current senior and UC Santa Barbara-bound Billy Fredrick. In addition, two players under Drootin were drafted by Major League Baseball teams — Jordan Yallen by the Chicago White Sox in 2009 and Scott Barlow by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.

Drootin decided to resign because it was becoming increasingly difficult to balance coaching in the Santa Clarita Valley while also running a lighting business in Woodland Hills. Drootin lives in the Northridge area.

“I actually felt like I was kind of cheating both sides,” Drootin said.

It was similar reasoning for Minasian, who spent last fall as the school’s head cross country coach while he served as an assistant track and field coach in the spring.

He had taken over for previous co-head coaches Chris and Rob Evans.

In his one season coaching, Golden Valley cross country finished second in the Foothill League in both boys and girls while the boys team ended up ninth in the CIF-Southern Section Division II finals and the girls team took 12th.

Golden Valley had two individual runners qualify for the state finals in senior Nolan Del Valle and freshman Bianca Tinoco.

Since no teaching jobs opened up at Golden Valley, Minasian had to pursue a full-time position elsewhere.

“I really love the kids. It was a lot of fun,” Minasian said. “They had great spirit and they were hard workers. I loved being around them and I looked forward to coming out (after school) and working with them every day.”

As for Drootin, he said he’s going to miss just about everything about coaching at Golden Valley.

“I’m not going to miss the snakes and I’m not going to miss the wind,” Drootin said.

Almost everything.

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