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Minarets names new baseball coach

Minarets High School has named Jesse Darrah, 25, as the Mustang’s new varsity baseball coach.

A 2008 graduate of Fowler High School, Darrah was a first team all section and all-state baseball player as an inflielder/pitcher, who was also named first team all-conference at both Sacramento State and Fresno Pacific colleges as a pitcher.

Darrah was selected in the eighth round of the MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 out of Fresno Pacific, and played four years of minor league baseball.

He was an assistant varsity coach last year at Fowler High, and is excited about his future with Minarets.

“I could not have asked for a better opportunity to begin my head coaching career,” Darrah said. “This program has a very bright future moving forward. We have an incredible baseball facility, tremendous community support, and an administration that values the importance of athletics for our students.”

Darrah said the Mustangs have huge potential both short term, and long term.

“We have eight returning starters from a playoff team last year, who are hungry to go deep into the playoffs this year,” Darrah said. “We have a great group of incoming freshman, and many underclassmen poised to contribute at the varsity level this season. I believe we have the personnel to be highly competitive and sustain that success into the future.”

Minarets Co-Athletic Director Jay Smoljan said Darrah will be a great addition to the Minarets staff and community.

“We are very excited to have Jesse as the new head coach of our baseball program,” Smoljan said. “He is knowledgeable about the game of baseball and excited to continue the success our program has had.”

- Staff Report

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